Monday, July 11, 2005

Blog Comments vs Reblogging

Blog comments vs. reblogging or clinking is an interesting and controversial topic.

Perfect topic for this blog, and it was suggested by a, are you ready for this?, by a blog comment.

Commenting vs Reblogging

(1.) Reblogging, quoting or writing about a post at another blog, and linking to it, can be a detrimental activity, as Grijsz points out, could distort or prevent readers from reading the original post, due to negative critique of it in the "reblog". Hurried or lazy readers then react to your "paraphrase" or partial quote.

(2.) Reblogging can deteriorate into a clinking scenario. "clinking" = clique/cult linking, favoritism, closed circle society of bloggers drooling all over each other, flirting, and kissing each other's butts.

(3.) Reblogging is vital for journalist blogs and political blogs, as we see Instapundit do. But is it vital for business blogs, or even for personal diary type blogs?

(4.) A marcom blog seeks to display the consultant or company's expertise, and to build an online community of loyal readers, among whom some convert to clients or customers. Reblogging can assist this goal realization to some slight extent perhaps, but it's the voluntary interaction represented by reader comments (plus email conversations) that are the source of community.

(5.) A blog that had a lot of references in posts to other blogs, and received the same reciprocally, would still not be as interesting and dynamic as a blog that is enriched by valuable, funny, insightful comments.

Further Remarks

Reblogging can even degenerate into a blog that only posts material from other blogs.

I'm all in favor of heavy quoting and even republishing, with permission, posts at other blogs. Some of the top bloggers in the blogosphere, including famous blog pioneers like Cory Doctorow, Rob Roblimo Miller, Christopher Locke, Evan Williams, and others, allow me to use their material, with full credit and links to original essay.

But reblogging as just restating what other blogs post, this is either a lazy "auto-blogging" approach or is a "pre-surfed web" link logging blog.

Legit blogs, I always refer to Jorn Barger's Robot Wisdom, exist as simple link logs, with very brief commentary, usually a sentence or two, and a list of links the blogger thinks interesting or relevant to specific fields.

Reposting material from other blogs, as early blog pioneer Joel Spolsky once told me in an email, is basically using a blog as a webzine, an online magazine, or like the Wall Street Journal, or Reader's Digest, republishing.

Legit, in some cases appropriate, but not the full potential of the Revolutionary Easy Publishing and Easy Interactivity Blog.

You'll see reblogging in my blogs.

But you'll learn even more via the comments.

Comments make a post explode into new and astonishing directions.

Comments breathe life into a blog.

Comments connect the blogger with others in a candid and intimate, thought-sharing manner.

Comments are Superior to Posts and Reblogging.

Comments add rich content, in the forms of clarification, argument, debate, correction, critique, and other enhancement and supplementation.

As Jacques Derrida observes in much of his writing, the marginalized sectors, the addendum, the supplement, which is what writing itself is considered from the phonocentric speech supremacy viewpoint, is where the action is. Or words to that effect. (Rough paraphrase).

[signed] Steven Streight aka Vaspers the Grate



Chris Ritke said...

From what I've seen 'clinking' happens with comments as well - when comments are simply ignored. I love commenting on your blogs - I can be pretty sure I'll get feedback - that there actually is a discussion going on.

Well, I can almost sense your response on this: I'm too nice, not abrasive enough. I think I might have to change my ways.

steven edward streight said...

Chris, you beat me to it.

I was about to post a comment on the Comment vs. Post post, about fast, factual and friendly response to comments, within the topic thread itself rather than a summarizing post, for optimized comment generation.

Operating a blog, which means more than most new bloggers realize, which requires constant coinage of blogospheric neologisms, and new forms of online debate, means your ideas are putting you out there in the form of written statements.

You are a blog, a blogged blogging, contrary to what I argued in a few Vaspers the Grate posts on You Are Not a Blog.

I've, or my blog's, changed my mind on this.

My or my blog's delight is now insurmisable.