The Idea Dude

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Monday, July 23, 2007

The sound of one hand clapping

Mathew Ingram had a post about whether blog comments matter?. Mathew believes it does and weighed in with his personal experiences. What's interesting is that he is a journalist by profession (maybe I should say enlightened journalist) who values the relationships that are built through the dialog on his blog.

Frankly, I'm surprised that it is even an issue that needs to be discussed. Perhaps I'm so far over the dark side, I can't see the other point of view. What is a blog without comments? Where would be the balance of opinion, the dialog, the relationship with your reader?

I can see how it can be abused though. Many people comment on a-list blogs to be seen (perhaps a form of 'polite spam'). Contrast this with Liz's home where comments are the lifeblood of her blog. In fact, Liz goes out of her way to make room for you. Is that not a radical concept to blogging? In return, whether the comments are profound or friendly banter, there is never any doubt that everyone is more than a comment...

In fact, every comment is a connection.

4 Comments:

Blogger ME Strauss said...

Well, then, let me connect long enough to say that you are enlightened and not on the dark side at all. :)
liz

3:16 PM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

Thanks Liz, you're the 'lady of the lamp'

11:35 PM  
Blogger Jeanne said...

Indeed it is! Thanks for those insights!

Jeanne Dininni
www.WritersNotes.Net/

4:51 AM  
Blogger The Idea Dude said...

Hi Jeanne,

By stopping by and leaving your thoughts, you're definitely the other hand!

Vern

9:08 AM  

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