Thoughts on Blog commenting

Lately I’ve seen that commenting on blog posts in the traditional way, slowly disappears. I mean that communication between the blogger/writer and the readers/community is moving time by time to third party web services like Friendfeed or Twitter and many, many others. Plus, that me personally don’t see any participation from the small community of my blog, which counts about 4 to 5 people who read the RSS Feed.

Commenting on blog posts first of all motivates the blogger to continue up writing and working for his blog and his readers. Furthermore, comments show that people are interested in his work and want to participate; adding more information, say and share their opinions, remarking you possibly mistakes, give feedback or at least say a hi.

With social networking, blog aggregators, mash-up’s commenting goes directly to the blogger/writer under his profile. That’s bad and good though. It depends on few things. For example it’s bad because new blogs and bloggers need comments for a lot of reasons (feedbacking, motivating etc.). A new and not-so-well-known blog needs “tradiotional” commenting to show in it’s homepage after every post the comments it had, so it will be more attractive for future readers and they may re-consider about this new blog, “Hey, there is a number of people who are spending their time here, so it’s interesting and maybe it worths the time I’ll spend and I may subscribe to the RSS feed”.

On the other hand, it’s easier and better for popular blogs to have their comments, let’s say at Friendfeed. A big community which is behind each popular blog, will not have to go every time to comment or to see any new comments from their last visit to the blog’s page. Friendfeed does this. Friendfeed includes auto-refresh so I can open a new tab with Friendfeed opened, comment and not hit F5 (Refresh) every ten seconds to see if there is a new comment. With the auto-refresh feature Friendfeed reloads automatically the particular part of the page for me, not having to reload the whole page.

Another one thing is that blog commenting is getting enhanced too. We can video-comment with Seesmic. Beeing in an early stage yet, video-commenting, has a lack of important features like no reply, quotes, or normal text to copy and paste which don’t exist.

Regarding my sentence in the first paragraph mentioning about the small community of my readers, I would like to explain it a bit and take it a step further. I don’t mean that you guys don’t deserve anything etc, but I think you could write some feedback, remarks, or say your opinion about a post of mine. That could be done also via e-mail. My point is that I don’t have any communication with you. And that’s bad for me because I would like to hear your comments and ideas to get and write better. : – )

posted: August 26, 2008
under: Blogging, Editorials

2 Responses

  1. nikan says:

    Try the Friendfeed plugin for wordpress. It will bring back to the blog whatever comments or likes are performed in friendfeed

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