How do blogs need to evolve?

Anil Dash, Meg Hourihan, Matt Haughey, Paul Bausch, and Evan Williams discuss How do blogs need to evolve?

Anil begins the conversation with:

It seems like some of the basic elements of the form, such as comments, have been stuck in a model that doesn’t work very well to encourage quality responses and also doesn’t fit the way people do things socially online these days. Oddly, a blog comment isn’t even as good a social object as a photo.

6 thoughts on “How do blogs need to evolve?

  1. Michael Grant Smith

    That discussion is a lot like a conversation I’ve been been having in my own mind lately, except with this one it’s real people and they are outside of my head.

    I find myself agreeing with one particular characterization of commenting: if you want to say something, go start your own damn blog. But I also know it’s quicker, more convenient, and less burdensome to post a comment, rather than undertake the heavy lifting of maintaining a blog. It’s easier to react than it is to create.

    So, I’m leaving a comment here.

  2. Deron Bauman

    I think the issue of blog commenting is usually perceived as binary. Either allow comments and they will suck, or don’t allow comments. The third option is a lot harder, and I think we stumbled on it by accident here. The first step is having a site that doesn’t attract a lot of superfluous thought, and the second is having a way to screen superfluous thought the first time it shows up. If you don’t let it through the first time, it won’t be there to accumulate. It’s a sad, fucked up, labor intensive part of running a blog. You’ve got to be vigilant about who you let through. Even then it can go south if you make the wrong decision, but for the most part, if you have a good system for knowing when to click yes (or no) on a moderated comment, the possibility of good comments increases.

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