Sunday, July 10, 2005
Blog Comments More Vital Than Posts
Blog comments are more vital than posts.
Comments make a site interactively dynamic, rather than non-participatorily static.
A blog post just starts the conversation.
Blog posts are a dime a dozen.
It's the unpredictable, uncanny, unnerving response
that steals the show. The star is the comment,
not the post. Post as star is narcissistic.
Without comments, most posts are dead-ends.
There may be some posts that can stand alone,
without any comment or interaction with readers.
But that's generally swerving too close to
the old, unilateral, monologue of arrogance,
superiority, and broadcast message dissemination.
A blog of posts without comments?
Sure the blogger engages in self-expression,
improves writing and thinking skills,
preserves ideas, links, feelings, insights.
But without comments, it's bleak, barren, dull.
A blogger cannot beg for comments.
A blogger must keep perfecting,
keep thinking original or comical thoughts.
A blogger must keep improving,
enhancing blog design, friendliness, trust.
If a blogger has something smart to say,
something new, unique, idiosyncratic, helpful,
and knows how to say it distinctly,
pugnaciously, alarmingly, creatively,
deconstructively, critically, peacefully,
whatever is appropriate or inspired,
the blog will get comments.
The blog will be discovered.
The blog will form a nucleus
of loyal lurkers and capable commenters.
The comments provide flow.
The commnents display life on the other side
of the blog, where the blogger ceases to exist
for self and becomes a conduit for others.
Posts with a chronic and festering lack of comments
are decaying, malingering posts, devoid of contact.
Comments are the conversation.
Comments are what make blogs tick.
Posts that are comment-worthy
make a blog sparkle and shine
like a star in the blogosphere.
Blogs need good posts and links,
but comments are the heartbeat.
Your brilliant imaginative posts,
photos, art, links, or design
are not the best aspect of your blog.
It's the interaction from readers
that makes a blog explode into grandeur.
The design, photos, art, music, etc.
just pave the way to the conversation:
posts plus comments.
The Blog Revolution is in Blog Conversation.
This is why the business world
is so far far behind on blogs.
The corporations are mute.
They've forgotten how to talk
to ordinary consumers and fans.
Only the personal bloggers
can show the way to the corporations.
Corporate bloggers must avoid
business blogs and seek good
personal blogs for inspiration.
Not just any trivial blabber blog,
but smart, introspective, funny,
artistic, distinctive voice personal blogs.
[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate
Posted by steven edward streight at 7/10/2005 01:08:00 PM