Blogging is a conversation

I always reply to comments on my blog.

blogging_swanBlogging in my opinion is a conversation between the writer and the reader.  As part of the conversation readers will sometimes be motivated to comment to the blog post.  To keep this conversation going I consider that all comments should be replied to.

My policy is to avoid following those blogs that have commenting turned off, I feel they are failing to participate in the spirit of blogging.  I get demotivated about commenting on those blogs that fail to reply to my comments, let alone follow them; usually only the quality of their content keeps my interest in them.


Sustainability Action 7 : invested in solar power charger.

I visited a store called Maplins in Colchester today that sold solar-powered chargers.  At a reasonable price I purchased a solar-powered charger for my mobile phone (cell phone).  Solar energy is free, so the more I use solar energy the less energy I take out of the environment.  The solar-powered charger can power other devices and has a built in torch.

Since I run a business, I decided to offset this solar investment as an expense against my future tax liability.


26 responses to “Blogging is a conversation

  1. If blogging wasn’t two way, what’s the point?


  2. I can’t agree more how blogging is entirely about conversation and motivation – there is a strong link between these two words! Thank you for a wonderful post!
    With Best Wishes,

  3. Love hearing about your sustainability efforts in this new year. Also glad that you brought up the commenting on blogs topic. I never used to comment on blogs. I was sort of shy about it, thinking maybe my comment would sound silly or something. I have followed your commenting style as of late and try to reply to all comments I receive, even if its just a quick cheers or thanks. Mostly I like others posts and comment when I really say something. 🙂

    • I try to say something, but it is better to only comment when there is something to say. I read all the replies to my comments on other people’s blogs, people appreciate replies even if it is a quick “thanks for comment”. I am sure you will see a positive outcome with your new approach.

  4. Not only a conversation but a new form of writing that encourages participation, sharing and the growth of community. I might go so far as to venture that the huge societal changes that are so desperately required right across the globe will only come about through the sharing of a million ideas and conversations that blogging delivers.

    There’s just one tiny niggle from me. Blog, blogging, blogger are all rather ugly words, in my opinion. Too late to change it, for sure!

    • And guess what! Sat down not long after leaving my earlier comment to read this week’s Economist and the briefing article is called ‘Everything is connected’. The sub-heading reads: ‘Can internet activism turn into a real political movement?’

    • Hi Paul, I think one of the best tools for the exchange of ideas on the internet has been blogging. I would also say that one of the best internet communities I have participated in has been the blogging community of WordPress. The internet as you suggest has been a huge influence on the exchange of ideas around the world, especially through the mediums of blogging.

      I dislike the words “blog”, “blogging”, “blogger” too. I like something like “wordsmith”.

  5. Three cheers for you Alex, your enviromental efforts are great.

    I started my blog in the hopes of more comments and sharing ideas about my topic, but so far have had few comments. Too heavy you think? Although, A Rant About Human Sacrifice has had the most. Which is rather funny since I wrote that because I was sick of falling over the topic.

    • Thanks J Rankin.

      The subject you blog about is specialised, which appeals to me, but those interested in this is a small group of people. If you were to add other subjects to your blog which tie in to your main interest, you may increase the number of people commenting. Blog posts that tend to be too long can be heavy going if the reader has only a limited time to read, especially if they are following many other blogs.

  6. I too think of it as a conversation, and delight in the back and forth..

  7. Alex I think there are 2 things worse than comments turned off:Complex capatcha to eliminate spam and blogs that have turned so commercial that they see commenting as attempts to link build.

  8. Well said! If I can, I always try to provide the writer with some feedback. What about liking? I try to use it honestly if I enjoyed what I read, but can’t put my thoughts into words right away.

    • I appreciate your feedback. Though I try to think of giving feedback, sometimes I have nothing I can contribute, so I mark the blog with a “like”. I see the “like” as my calling card, a statement of “I read this”. I am careful about using “like” appropriately, as for instance putting a “like” against a blog post where someone has suffered personal bad news is insensitive.

  9. Good way of describing, and good article to take data about my presentation focus,
    which i am going to deliver in college.

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