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@Lisa - keeping a conversation productive can be a challenge in some venues, for example in mainstream media, and on Facebook pages when an issue gets groups riled up. Here's to the hope that people will continue to see civility and critical discourse as not mutually exclusive.

@Daniel - glad the post is helpful.

@Ike - excellent advice. Indeed, many a post on this blog started as a long-ish comment on someone else's blog. And I have created entire posts with comments from the community.

@Emily - Twitter and more real time tools are making us laptop potatoes :)

@Rich - there is only so much time in the day, I agree. And we tend to spend some of that time creating ourselves, so unless something touches us deeply and emotionally, we tend to skip commenting. I know I do a far worse job today than I did a couple of years ago.

@Dennis - thank you for stopping by.

@Tara - glad the post was helpful to you.

@Peter - I have written comments without posting often enough. It happens when I need to have an internal conversation about an issue, mostly.

@Karthik - good analogy with face to face networking. Commenting on blogs can be just as hard as engaging in deeper conversations when you don't know others in the room so well, possibly. I find it fascinating that I get a lot of first time comments from people I never connected with before, even after four years of blogging.

Great point! In essence, if you consider the real life equivalent of commenting, it is rather simple - you notice people having a discussion in the next table...you join them within context and add value. The smarter the things you say and add value to the discussion, the better your reputation. Going forward, you start a discussion in your own table and other join readily because they remember you joining their discussion so well! The point of it all - get your thoughts/content right - content is king, whether you blog or simply comment.

Hi Valeria,

I don't remember comments as much as the names associated and the feeling I get reading their comments.

The names that stick with me those who engender an intellectual intimacy and curiosity. They make me smile even if I disagree or have no idea what they're really saying.

The worse kind of feeling I have is from reading gratuitous comments - they are to blogs what car horns are to busy traffic. I suspect my reaction is more cultural than anything else.

As an aside, how often do you write a comment and not post it?

Peter

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