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Are you contributing to the general discussion?

A while back, Will Richardson on Webblogg-ed quoted Alan Levin as saying "So how much commenting are you doing [on others blogs]? If you feel you are not getting enough comments [on your blog], are you giving?"

I'm neither satisfied nor disatisfied with number of comments coming to the Blue Skunk (I enjoy the ones that come in, but don't worry about it when they don't). But I have been thinking about Levin's statement in relationship to a unique characteristic of blogging - that it can be more dialog than sermon.

Lately, I've been trying to hold up my end of the conversation by being more diligent about taking the time to comment and react to the ideas of other bloggers.

Should we all have sort of a mental ledger going with our own blog entries in one column and our external posting in another?

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    Cougar Chronicle is alive! It is in a constant state of organic evolution not only as the students blog, but also as comments from the reading public arrive.Check out this compelling twist as articulate members of the community write back to the Cougar news bloggers.

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I've been thinking about blog design recently. Finding things I like and dislike. Here are the things worth mentioning. (I do 98% of my reading in an aggregator...NetNewsWire to be exact...)

1) Comments. I've starting subscribing to people's comments feeds. Most of the time these are seperate feeds. Many times they are difficult to find. If the package you use has a seperate feed for comments, please make it (and your post feed) obvious to the readers.

2) Please make sure that you have enabled the "full text" features of your feeds! There is nothing more frustrating than reading something in an aggregator, only to have to click through to finish the story. I think most people are just unaware.

3) I'd like bloggers to make it easier to find what they think is their best work. Shamelessly promote what you think is most interesting about your site!!! People rarely step back through the archives. With so many new people coming on board in the educational community, I think it's important to pull the good stuff to the top.

Just some thoughts. Commenting is one of the most important parts of this whole new environment...and most often overlooked in our training and blogvangelism.
November 11, 2005 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Pederson

Your blog is one of the learning tools in our summer "Library2Play" technological workshop, and I am amazed at how people can keep up with all of this: keeping up your own blog, while blogging on others.
How do you do it?

Hi HS English Teacher,

I am an empty-nester who doesn't play golf.

All the best,


June 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDoug Johnson

Newbie blogger - working on this for a class. Now realize that I need to comment more. Like your style. May just get into this blogging thing.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteroneda

Hi Oneda,

Well, everyone has to be a newbie sometime! Thanks for leaving the comment and happy exploration.


July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDoug Johnson

Thanks for your blogs. They are informative.

August 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercassbwhite


I too am a library2play summer student only several years later... It is now 2010 and I have enjoyed visiting, reading, learning in this forum.

With Appreciation,


June 29, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBNatural

I'm at Library2play 2010 too and just realizing the power of MY words. I'm gathering my courage to respond and put myself out there.

August 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea Cardon

Hi Andrea,

I look forward to reading your comments!


August 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDoug Johnson

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