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March 23, 2005

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I've noticed that some of my friends, cohorts, and otherwise frequent commenters don't do so much anymore.

It was just about a week ago that I realized that I didn't leave comments so much anymore either. So I stopped to think about why.

I think much of it is that I have grown tired of people eschewing venom in response to a comment of mine, even if it is obvious they didn't completely understand, or even completely read. When you comment on someone else's site, you lose control of everything. Your comment can be edited or deleted (although I have never had that happen to me), you don't always see the responses, the blogger can write new posts "fisking" your comment, other commenters might attack unfairly and the blog proprietor might let you twist in the wind without giving support, or someone who only reads that comment might understand at all what context your other writings might lend to the comment itself.

So if I have something to say, I'm increasingly moved to just say it on my website rather than posting a comment. I'm more likely to read and consider rather than pound out my immediate reaction.

Has anyone else had this development in their blogging? Is it a blogging maturition process?

Posted by Nathan at 02:43 PM | Comments (5)

I'm just tired of all the fighting *sniff*

Actually, now I can predict to nearly a 99% certainty how who will respond to what I say, or atleast vaguely. So naturally, if not looking for a debate and I sense one coming, I often don't post.

But I can't predict how you'll respond to this one. Probably with raspberry syrup coated cattle commentary or chicken flavored soda descriptions or a diatribe on the need for California to secede from the US.

Posted by: Jo at March 23, 2005 03:17 PM

My experience is similar to Jo's. I know pretty much what reaction I'm going to get to whatever I say and rather than deal with the headaches, I just move on to less political issues.

Posted by: R. Alex at March 23, 2005 03:25 PM

I agree with Jo and R. Alex. And I guess that predictability has sort of taken the fun out of it. I also get tired of having the same arguments again and again, so if it looks likely to turn onto one of the standards, I skip it.

Posted by: Deb at March 23, 2005 04:30 PM

Often I'll post a long comment on someone else's site, and then think "Holy crap, that would be a perfect blog entry! Why am I wasting such good material here?" Sometimes I'll get an idea and post it around the comment boards just to let it ferment a bit before using it on my own blog. He's the one I'm test driving right now:

"Let's not get carried away, folks. Starvation isn't as bad as it seems. Gandhi used to starve himself all the time, just for kicks. Besides, Schiavo is on a morphine drip. It will be a very peaceful, painless death. Does she deserve one after all she's put poor Micheal through? Well, I'm afraid that's a moot point. Unless Sally Struthers steps in at the the last moment to save her, Terri Schiavo's proverbial goose is cooked."

Now if I get a wad of angry hate mails from your readers, I might turn that comment into some Liberal Larry Gold. If all I get are a few polite snickers, I'll chalk it up to the NyQuil and go back to bed.

Posted by: Liberal Larry at March 23, 2005 04:59 PM

I have a problem that is SOMEWHAT similar. I have to say something so outrageous that Alister Crowley would read it and say "Dude, you just went TOO far with that" to get any comments. I've noticed an overall decline in commenting among the comments I read. I attribute it to those who are opiniated and quick witted getting their own blog. However, with that said, I've also noticed if you can get one person to make a comment, others will usually follow if the first one is in any way coherent.

Posted by: Len at March 23, 2005 05:14 PM
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