odd-lot thoughts

Friday, July 01, 2005

Keeping the blogging conversation going

I use an aggregator (Bloglines) to read my blogs, and one of the problems I have with it is that I tend not to read the comments very often, since I don't visit the actual site. I miss this, but find I'm addicted to the speed at which I can check my 68 blogs in an aggregator.

Some blogs have RSS feeds for comments, but they don't make much sense to me either, since they're not attached to the post.

I've noticed that what some folks do when comments on their blogs get interesting, is create a post about the comments. This is a clever idea, and one that almost always gets me to click on the post and read.

I ran across one great example of this in Michael Feldstein's blog, e-Literate.

He posted his opinion about the LMS Sakai. I don't really know much about this and it's not something on my personal radar at the moment, so I only quickly read the article. But then, a few days later, he posted about the great comments he'd been getting from some of the Sakai developers.

Then my interest was piqued. I had to check it out.

Ok, I still don't get a lot of the details about Sakai, but I loved the way people were posting comments. There was some great back-and-forth, with developers offering their views, Michael posting replies which acknowledged them, and continued the conversation.

An excellent example of the way these things should work!

I'm still thinking about how to nudge myself to check out comments more often. If you're not reading the comments and commenting yourself, you're missing out on half the fun in my opinion.


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