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Tuesday, May 6, 2008

I Should Be Folding Laundry: On Leaving Comments

This is really a nice blog article about leaving comments. This is the attitude that I had about comments and that I think 99.9% of the blog universe had -
I Should Be Folding Laundry: On Leaving Comments

Guess what part of the universe that 0.1% is...





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12 comments:

Divers and Sundry said...

I often hesitate to comment on blogs, but I appreciate the link to that encouraging post. "Well said." :)

Leticia said...

Don't hesitate, it gives us bloggers such a thrill!

lindsay said...

Meeow that was catty! that's some thinly veiled venom

Elena said...

Venom? Hardly. It was a nice way of saying MOST bloggers welcome and look forward to comments. The way Candy handles them is very unusual. I thought it was a nice article illustrating that point.

Divers and Sundry said...

One of the reasons I hesitate to comment on blogs is that I then sometimes feel so confused by the other comments. lol

Catty? Venom? I don't think it's a bad thing to recognize that some folks welcome comments with no moderation at all and some folks don't enable _any_ commenting and there are blogs at every degree of "welcoming" in between those extremes.

Folks have radically different ways of handling conflict and disagreement and vary widely in the degree they tolerate either.

Elena said...

I read a lot of blog building sites about to build readership and most of those sites recommend allowing comments and posting on controversial subjects occasionally. I have yet to find one that recommends posting on a controversial topic and then stifling discussion!

Blondie said...

That's the confusing part - why post something controversial if you're not going to allow diverging comments? I could understand if she only posted on homemaking, and if someone made a tacky or rude comment about homemaking or sahm's. It would make sense to delete those comments. But if you're going to post a controversial subject, then it seems you are wanting to open up a discussion. In Candy's case, it seems she only wants a bunch of pats on the back.

Divers and Sundry said...

Well, but some folks don't tolerate dissent on issues they feel that strongly about. And some folks may want a larger readership but only really want to associate with like-minded people; they would just as soon be ignored by people who don't already agree with them.

I was told after commenting on one blog that the only reason to have a conversation on religion was to convert the other person to your own view. If that's Candy's understanding, then it doesn't surprise me she's strictly moderating her comments. I don't read Candy's blog, though, so I don't know what her deal is.

lindsay said...

It must be hard to imagine that someone might have a different goal for blogging than you. Not everyone wants 50 catholic bloggers stalking her every move.

Elena said...

uh...actually Lindsay, for ME that would be cool to have 50 Catholic bloggers (or more!) stalking my every move.

I'm not sure that's what Candy was going for but interestingly that has been the consequence to the way she managed things, i.e. cause and effect.

Divers and Sundry said...

"stalking"?

There's something here I don't understand. In what way is it "stalking" to read a public blog, try to comment, and then post on one's own blog when commenting on the original blog is not allowed?

Blondie said...

I think "stalking" is a bit strong - and rude. If someone were spreading lies and rumors about your family and others were believing it, would you not try to correct things if you had a chance?