Thinking about Blog Comments

One of the most interesting parts about reading blogs are the comments.

A few days ago I was reading an interesting piece on the acquisition of the Macclesfield Alphabet by the British Library and admiring the illustrations. This lead me to a previous CR Creative Review article   Designer’s Portfolios – 16th Century Style by Patrick Burgoyne. After reading the full article – and looking at the wonderful photos,  I started to observe the many comments. In Burgoyne’s article, comments were coming in about whether the handler should have been wearing white gloves. Eventually the author sought some recommendations from a trusted source and has now added an updated his posting regarding the suggestions.

Earlier this year, I enjoyed reading the comments so much, on the Cult of Done – The Manifesto I had to ask myself When is Done – Done?

Comment are truly amazing. Comments can lead to further discussion, make deeper connections and also be a great source of entertainment and enlightenment.

I also enjoy (on occasion), tracing back through to the linked comment maker. So if you have a blog, I really suggest you allow comments as well as give the maker of comments the option of being a linked commentator or remaining relatively anonymous.

What are your thoughts on comments?

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1 Comment

Filed under Communication, Knowledge, Philosophy, Terms, Thinking

One response to “Thinking about Blog Comments

  1. Fred

    I think there is a symbiotic relationship with comments. None of us has complete knowledge and understanding; we can only view a situation from our unique perspective through the prism of our collective state of experiences and values. Thus we become more complete when there are comments that are thoughtful, considerate and wise. Perhaps we are also looking for that wise voice which almost seems like that of the fabled Solomon because there is an element of insecurity to all of us in our vulnerable positions of being frail humans. We want to be reassured that someone has listened and cares, or even has transformed what we proffered into something better with fresh insight. But to be effective, the authors of comments need to be open to the truth in all its sundry manifestations and potentialities. Ideologues who want to brutally and rudely force their hardened categories onto others need not submit. We need more Solomons and wisdom in this world to delight and entlighten us with their soft suffusing light.

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