The Duration of a Conversation

Chris Brogan recently blogged about the addiction of giving one’s opinion. As I read it a few questions and thoughts entered my mind on why we comment.

  1. Do we comment for the sake of commenting?
  2. Are we going through the motions of commenting because we know it has an underlying effect on our social media status?
  3. We really want to engage in a dialogue.
  4. We want to meet this person.
  5. We want this person to notice us.
  6. We want business
  7. We want something from this person
  8. We want others to notice us.
  9. None of the above. I like reading blogs

I think that the nature of why people blog has changed over the last 2 years. When Groundswell came out, the reasons we blogged were because it was clearly a way to express and connect with others. The conversations were pure and lasted longer than the current, I post, you comment-we’re done model.

Twitter has in effect reduced blogging to more of a long form vehicle for self expression only, whereas in the past it was a catchall for all thoughts both verbose and sound-bite’ish. But it has also exposed blogging to the masses as a way to promote one’s self and not necessarily one’s intellect.

Conversations through the comments section of a blog have been rendered to nothing more than a self promotional back pat and a scrawled autograph by the author.

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2 thoughts on “The Duration of a Conversation

  1. I agree… nature of convo has changed and part of that is because some folks are gaming or trying to game the SocMe system to help themselves. But also, there are just a lot more blogs now. So even if you’re commenting because you want the blogger to know you are there, value their content and want to participate in the convo, you still got to make a living.

    I’ve seen a lot of folks talk about weeding out their RSS feeds… think we’ll see more of that. Just hope some really good, smaller bloggers don’t get lost in the shuffle.


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