I responded by suggesting the real issue, and one us
long-time bloggers may have trouble adjusting to, is the fact that
there are now so many other places to comment than a few years ago. For example, I had a Twitter exchange with someone
yesterday who read my latest post. He made several comments, none of
which ended up on my blog.
When you think about it, apps like Twitter, Plurk, or Pownce may be the
best places to comment. Because they have the character or "feel" of instant messaging applications, they are much better suited
to carrying on a conversation than a blog. Besides, who really reads comments anyway, especially when there are a number of them.
This begs the question, how does one follow the
conversation that may be going on about a post? Or rather, how does one
catalog the conversation if it’s happening on disparate sites? One
answer, Friendfeed has an embeddable widget which can be added to WordPress and Blogger. (It’s not yet available for Typepad users however.) I’d expect to see similar widgets for Twitter being made available as well.
I certainly hope conversation is not a dying art. If it is, then why
are we spending so much time trying to engender it. We just need to
find ways to "corral" it…but that may be tantamount to herding cats.