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Friday, June 09, 2006

Blogging 101

Everything you need to know about blogging is contained in two recent posts and particularly the comments attached thereto.

The comments relating to Kathy's enquiry show what makes readers passionate while those on Seth's provocative post show that many people still don't get it.

Read and learn.


Anonymous Ric said...

Both very illustrative and illuminating - but I'm much more impressed by Kathy's openness than Seth's duplicity. I have always deplored Seth's refusal to allow comments (and yes - I've seen his reasons, appreciate his viewpoint, respect his right to it, but consider it weak in the extreme) - and then to use it as blatant link-bait (even with his tongue firmly in cheek as I suspect it was) was disappointing.

But it DID show that a lot of people don't get it, absolutely!

7:32 AM, June 09, 2006  
Blogger john dodds said...

I'm surprised by the vehemence of reaction to Seth. How is he being duplicitous?

5:38 AM, June 10, 2006  
Anonymous Kathy Sierra said...

Thanks John and Ric -- there's a part of me that understands why he doesn't allow comments--he'd probably be overwhelmed with the nasty ones, and there wouldn't be a good signal-to-noise I'd bet. Some other bloggers with his high volume of traffic have also turned off comments because they got so out of control (Dooce, Kotke has turned them on and off, etc.)

But I don't have that kind of traffic, and the amount I learn from commenters is staggering. It's such a huge value, and a big part of what makes it worth it for me to do this in the first place--I get so many ideas, and I'm surprised by how often I get things wrong ; )


7:31 PM, June 10, 2006  
Anonymous Ric said...

John - the duplicity (and maybe the word is read more harshly than it is written) comes in having such a firm stance on no comments, and then opening up for the one post, which led a number of people to (falsely) believe that Seth had changed that stance, and was now re-joining the conversation (I appreciate the point of doing it, but doing something like that because you can, doesn't make it right, nor is it friendly). Maybe if I had his traffic I'd think differently too, but I hope not. What happens when he turns off trackback because the site gets too much spam? ... then he's broadcasting, not talking. While CPU might not get the traffic Seth does, I'm sure Kathy gets her fair share of rubbish - but it seems from her comments that it's worth it.

7:06 AM, June 11, 2006  

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