You know, I used to gripe about how NetNewsWire shifted the blog posting functions out from itself and created MarsEdit to do this. No doubt the workflow of reading, then commenting to your own blog was broken from that point on. What was once easy to read a story and instantly post a response to my own blog was now a minor annoyance at best, and completely wasteful of time at worst… for various reasons.
I’m beginning to see that this is ok. In fact, I feel like the quality of my blogs have gone up since it’s so much harder to comment on other people’s posts on my own blog now. I don’t waste your time making you listen in on a comment i have on another post unless it’s really worth the time for me to make sure that the formatting is going to turn out ok, and that you, who aren’t in on the thread yet, have enough information about what’s being discussed to see how brilliant my comments on the topic are. 😉
I don’t participate in group discussions through my blog, but that doesn’t matter anyway.. blogs aren’t conversations. Using blogs to have a conversation between two bloggers is like using a screwdriver handle to hammer a nail into a wall. Oh, it’ll work, but the ending results will be so much crappier than if you’d used the right tool in the first place.
Trackback, despite my serious attempts to give proper respect to sites that offer a link, is still not really good. It’s good, in theory. In practice, it was just as prone to disastrous abuse as any other initiative that was supposed to make it easier to connect to each other. as a result, many sites just don’t offer a trackback link… or don’t display trackback comments.
Pingback is interesting, but my site get such a low amount of traffic that nobody hardly ever posts a link to my sites in their posts anyway. I like pingback because I don’t have to do anything for it to work. When you post a link to my story, I get an email from my blog saying you did. Pretty cool.
Anyway, I spend less time posting every single thing to my blog like so many new bloggers who are really excited about blogging tend to do, because, chances are good those links and photoshopped photos and novelty sites are probably handled by sites like boing boing, milk and cookies, kontraband, and a thousand other lesser well known sites. No doubt, if you can get a link on your blog about a novelty site early, your traffic can go up. That “penguin baseball practice” phenomenon last year still delivers traffic here. It’s remarkable… but, it’s kind of an empty experience for me. People come here for that story, just to find the link to click out of my site. I’d rather get people to come here to see my stuff instead..
I’m focusing on being a content producer.
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