Last Saturday at ContText 23, I participated in a panel discussion called: Blogging — Creativity and Publicity. My fellow panelists were Joe Martino, Michelle Pendergrass, Maurice Broaddus, Tilly Greene with Jason Sanford moderating.
This was a pretty diverse group and, no surprise, opinions on what blogging was about were also diverse. On the whole, the panel agreed on the basic point that a blog, by its very nature, is a sort of soapbox where the writer voices his/her opinion on life, the universe and whatever topic trickles across the mind at a given moment. Where opinion differed the most was whether a blog is a dialog or a monologue.
Several of the members had only recently turned on comments. I have to say, this surprised me since I tend to look at blogs as conversations. Most blogs seem to be a give and take between the poster and the commenters, but I can see where the folks who don’t allow comment are coming from. Sometimes you just want to get something out there and be done with it. It gets annoying when you think you’re done with a discussion and someone pops up and starts the hooha all over again.
I have a way to go before I have to worry about any of that on this blog. Have to wait for the new to wear off and maybe for a few folks to find something that strikes their fancy enough to comment.