I read this commentary the other day on what makes a blog a blog. The key is the commenting feature, and yet most blogs don’t receive many comments, if at all.
The writer gave some reason as to why he thought comments were few and far between. “First, there’s the frenetic pace of the postings. Many of these bloggers are posting every day, or every other day. People don’t have time to comment on one item before they’re assaulted with another one.”
I try to post two to three times a week. If you think this is too often, please let me know. You can do so by posting a comment or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Another reason we think many blogs don’t draw comments: links.”
One of the purposes of this blog is to keep you informed on events I discover that can’t wait until the next issue of The Genre Traveler. If I don’t provide links for more information, the post really isn’t useful to you. So, I guess, this is a valid reason for not posting comments on this blog.
Of course, there’s always the reason that you have nothing to say. And that’s OK. I just want to know that you find this service useful. I’m working on better ways to provide you with this information and hope to have everything in place by January, maybe sooner. But until then, you’ll just have to get this information here.
Oh, another thing mentioned in the article was what syndicated columnist Joel Stein once wrote in a column of his regarding the blog trend in the newspaper industry:
“Here’s what my Internet-fearing editors have failed to understand: I don’t want to talk to you; I want to talk at you. A column is not my attempt to engage in a conversation with you. I have more than enough people to converse with. And I don’t listen to them either.”
Rest assured, I do want to talk to you. I want to build a community of like-minded individuals. My dreams for The Genre Traveler are for it to be a liaison between science fiction, fantasy and horror fans and the travel opportunities that cater to them. We’re not quite there yet, but its building. Thank you for being a part of this voyage.
If you’d like to read the original story,you can find it here:
When is a blog not a blog?