|Monday, May 16, 2005|
Blog Comments - Conversational Blogging
Nice post from Charu on conversational blogging and the role of comments and links, triggered by 'what makes a blog a blog' on Naked Conversations : "If blogs are about open conversations, how can you turn off comments and claim its a blog?"
I couldn't agree more. Read this for a really candid view on some of the top "blogs" !!!
I'm a huge fan of conversational blogging. I find I am so let down when I read a post without comments. I keep feeling that Amit at India Uncut, who writes so well, and many other blogs who have disabled comments (they have their reasons like spam and hate mail) have not really recognised the magic in conversations. Its what makes blogging so unique as opposed to online publications or websites. Often, the comments are the most interesting part of a post. They engage the reader, they encourage dialogue. They can sometimes take the thought much further than the author had ever envisaged.
There's been a lot of debate on this ... am so enjoying this discussion and learning too. Thanks everyone for sharing your views. Thanks too to Amit for posting about this issue at Indicubed and WOW ... i went in there today ... and i have learned so much from all the discussion in the comments. 42 comments that have taken the original issue to meaningful places and opened my eyes to different views. To each his own .. still, the fleshing out of the issues and the discussion has been so rewarding. A real example of the power of commenting.
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Global Blog Voices - Embracing Diversity
Nancy White has this wonderful post - Transparent Representation and Gentle Nudges where she ponders about diversity in representation of voices in conversations. It resonates with me.
"Mary Hodder wrote something that rang bells for me in the
ongoing "conversation" about representation in blogging (women, men,
people of color, nationality, expertise, etc.). I keep struggling to
get away from the man/woman thing. I believe the point is that we need
a higher level of self awareness and conciousness of our diverse world
because the internet is, in a sense, making us bare it all. We are
visible in unprecedented ways.
"The point is, if you purport to represent the world, and cover the world, in your conference or discussion, then do it by including people who are beyond your demographic, and work that goes beyond your demographic (and there is lots of amazing work out there by folks who happen to have other perspectives), for projects and ideas covering other worlds than yours. This isn't about forcing a change, it's about being honest about what you're perspective is."
For me this applies not just to conferences, but any type of gathering. As a person who often convenes or facilitates online events, I know how easy it is to fall into the trap of representing more than you can actually represent."
She ends it with these thoughts ...
"And finally, how do we take our self awareness and make it part of our daily experience as we open out to this crazy, global society? How do we represent ourselves transparently enough to invite another's view and to allow ourselves the possibility of being changed by that view? It means stepping outside of our confort zones, balancing our own view of the world with the views of others and changing the way we live and work. Fundamentally."
I remember feeling the same as I attended PopTech last October, and I had blogged my thoughts right after a session then :
Some thoughts as an Indian in an audience that is primarily
American - The theme of the conference is The Next Rennaissance and a
lot of the presenters yesterday and this morning talked about
developing countries and how the world order is changing - India is one
of them. Naturally, from an American or first world perspective given
the location of the conference and the composition of speakers and
Nancy, it is happening in some ways!
I was delighted to take part in the Open Source Radio Show on Friday, where Chris Lydon hosted a show with Rebecca Mackinnon and Ethan at Global Voices (they've got an amazing collection of bridge blogs from all over the world), and several bloggers from Iran, Africa Singapore and India, sharing their blog stories. The show is available as a podcast on the Open Source blog. I spoke a little about how I started blogging, about Skype and how its changing how I communicate and about the tsunamihelp blog, in response to Chris's questions.
Update: there's a nice discussion we're having at Nancy's post around how do we best learn to see from another perspective, be it man or woman, North American or Indian?
Do come and share your views on it ....
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