Dec 16, 2007
Awhile back on one of my clients who keeps a blog was becoming a bit overwhelmed the comment traffic. It was all more or less good commenting, not spam anyway. But the commentators would tend to get off topic and use the threads more like one might use a forum or chat channel. Sort of like having someone doodle in the margins of your essays. And not relevant adding commentary on the essay sort of doodling, but more like daydreaming doodline or passing notes in class sort of doodling.
There is a part of me that loves this. That people can just have their conversation and we’re not really in control of it beyond starting it. But there does seem to be some level beyond which it nears trolldom (though often unwitting trolldom, sort of like the well meaning friend who shows up drunk to every party). Ahh the joys of the intertubes.
I guess it’s worth remembering that commenting on someone else’s blog doesn’t make us bloggers (not that n0d3 has that problem, obviously).