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May 06, 2005

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Joe Wikert

Naba, I'm thrilled that you're actively blogging. Even though you and I have known each other for several years, I've learned more about you from your blog than I have in some of our other discussions. Keep up the great work!

Brad Hill

I agree, Naba (even though we're talking abut it in your Comment section). Blogs have never seemed to me to provide a good community environment. They are not nearly as effective or fostering as message boards. The lack of threading, hit-and-run commenters, and generally poor follow-up mechanics in the software all combine to wreck the community spirit. I receive about 50 comments a day on my various blogs, and I rarely respond. It's enough to keep the entries going at a regular clip! Also, comment spam is a gigantic problem when blogging on a big platform; our network administrator at WeblogsInc spends a horrendous amount of time erecting barriers and confirmation systems. All in all, comments can be more trouble than they're worth. In the past, I've run a couple of blogs (one personal, one professional) with the comments turned off. I definitely disagree with those who define blogs as community centers, and believe that if the comments are turned off, it's not a blog.

I'm glad you have yours turned on, though [g].

Naba Barkakati

Hi Joe, Hi Brad,
Thanks for reading and commenting. I feel good that at least someone reads the posts :-) Joe- Thanks for the encouragement! Brad - I finally found your blogs at WeblogsInc and I have subscribed to them. You're certainly a prolific writer.

David St Lawrence

Blogging IS a conversation, unless you choose to broadcast like Instapundit or Brad Hill. Actually, a blog is what you make of it, no more, no less. You write about things that others find interesting and you will have a conversation before you know it.

I think of a weblog as the ultimate power tool and have written an entire category of posts which explain what you can do with that concept. Click on my name to see them.

I can give you a basic secret in one sentence. Write with passion about things that are important to you and leave thought-provoking comments on sites that you visit. This will build a community of readers who will return again and again.

Use Pingomatic to announce every new post, but concentrate on the quality of your content rather than on any search engine fun and games. Read Rebecca Blood's Weblog Handbook to get your blogging basics in, if you have not done so already.

Good luck!

Naba Barkakati

David, Thanks for the helpful suggestions. I'm going to continuing writing and see where this takes me :-)

Brad Hill

I didn't say that blogging isn't a conversation; I said that enabling comments and responding to them are not a requirement of a blog. I regard the 'sphere as a whole to be a gigantic conversation. On one of Naba's other posts I mentioned Alex Ross's music blog; he's the music critic of The New Yorker, and has his comments turned off for good reason. But he is an active commenter on other blogs, and his "broadcast" entries are widely cited. In other words, the conversation transpires across blogs, and that meta-discussion is often of great interest. Chris Anderson posts long lists of outside links to specific relevant posts in the global discussion. the big discussion is the important discussion.

So, while I don't participate much in my own comment sections, here I am writing in Naba's blog and in several others. One other thing ... you use Pingomatic for every post?! Man, you must not write much. If I did that I'd do nothing else. So here's my advice to you, and you don't even have to click on my name to see it. Get deep into your writing groove and forget about self-promotion. Produce, produce, produce. Write as if nobody will ever read it.

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