Thursday, May 5, 2011

I like your emails and all but...

I miss the days of cozy commenting. You know what I am talking about? Where there's a conversation after a blog post. The blogger posts. People comment. The blogger comments back. Sometimes those comments can take you to whole different places and subjects and sometimes it's where the best epiphanies come from. I'm afraid the conversation may have switched to Twitter. I am afraid of that because I'm not particularly conversational on Twitter.

Melissa(MG Higgins) had a post a bit ago discussing the merits of the email response vs. commenting in response. Quite a lot of people came out in favor of blog comments over the emails. Anita's posts and subsequent comments feel like a convo to me (join the convo about Middle Grade books here.) What do you think? Are there any others out there? I'd love recommendations. Direct me to some blogs where a lively conversation exists. And what do you think those authors do to make it happen?

17 comments:

  1. It's funny, I've been blogging since 2007 and it wasn't until I met you and Jon and Heather last year, that I saw comment responses inside the comments for the first time. AND that was when I saw email responses, as well.

    In the indie artist/crafter world and the mom blogger world (and also the blogHER world), which are the communities I've blogged in for the last 4 years, most people don't reply to comments at all. And if they acknowledge the commenter, it's usually done by commenting on THEIR blog. Funny how the writing community is different - but also funny that deep and lasting friendships develop in both.

    I do think the comment reply within the comments is nice - I always like to read the conversations!

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  2. I seriously enjoy both the comments in the comments and the emails. I know people are busy, so whatever way they prefer to do it, I'l roll with it.
    Though I have to agree, I like when you learn things in the comments or when things get hilarious in there!

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  3. You know, it's funny, I just figured out that I CAN respond to comments by email (well, maybe a month or so ago). It's so cool and quick to shoot off an email and sometimes engage someone one:one. But the greater convo does get lost, doesn't it?

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  4. Half the time, my comments are longer than my posts! I think I'd overload Twitter if I start, but I probably will...maybe this week.

    I like when I go to a new blog and find a couple of my old friends showing up, too. And I think, How the heck did they end up here? Jonathon is now a follower of two people (John Dixon and Sami) who are in my MFA program. And I think, My worlds are colliding! :)

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  5. Marisa - I like that. Community to community SHOULD be different, I suppose. I ADORE conversations! Although it truely does require energy sometimes. :)

    Kelly - I do love you because you enjoy so much! You are really a blogging model. And hilarity is always good!

    Kris - Haha! I like that one on one idea. I like those destination blogs. Heather's was once called the water cooler of the blog world by Paul G. and I love the metaphor. Where else do us writers have to hang out?

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  6. Anita - That is so amazing - the worlds colliding thing. And you are so gonna rock Twitter! Hurry up and finish the book (I learned that you were working on it from a comment response!) so you can get your Twitter on!

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  7. I always try to respond to comments within the comments. And I actually prefer to be responded to in similar fashion. And I don't twitter - yet.

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  8. I miss the days of commenting within my comments, but it is sooooo much quicker to pop them an email. I shall look into this. Perhaps blog about it as well.

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  9. Marcy - I think I am officially starting to Twitter. It feels like a huge leap for me. I'll let you know how it is going.

    Jon - I never started with the emails so I don't know what I am missing. Honestly, you don't have to change a thing - I'm just saying.

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  10. I haven't been to Seekerville in a while, but they often got ongoing blog comments going. Unfortunately for me, it's the time comsuming part that keeps me from it. I will email back and forth but to use blogger there are extra steps and time lags to the system that shies me away from it.

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  11. Thanks, Eileen, I will check Seekerville and their blog comments out out!

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  12. *pushing Anita off the twitter cliff* Fly, Anita, fly!!

    I love the give and take in the comment section. My favorite Friday Features were the ones with a rowdy group commenting back and forth with the writer--many times a product of my group of followers talking with the writer's group of followers, if that makes sense. Where's AnneMarie? I sent her email, but haven't heard back. She was the rowdiest commenter I knew. Aside from J, of course. Or maybe including J. Hmmm.

    oh, and talk about conversation--Laura's answers today at the #whatIletmykidsdosoIcanwrite twittergame made me laugh until I cried.

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  13. yeah, got the hashtag wrong. #thingsIletmykidsdosoIcanwrite

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  14. I've been really torn up about that. I always like to respond in some way to comments, but most of the time it comes down to choosing between responding to comments on my blog and going to read that person's own blog post and commenting. I'm never quite sure which people would prefer. Occasionally, I'll strike up a convo, but when I do, it's usually through email responses.

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  15. Heather, the water cooler is where it is at!!!! Haha! Funny about the hashtag.

    Carol - It is a hard exchange. And it is true at places like your blog where you get many more comments than me and you already have the habit of emailing everyone, I probably wouldn't be as likely to come back and check the comments. You already have a great routine and your followers know what to expect. And it is wonderful that you visit our blogs. :)

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  16. When my schedule gets to hectic and I don't get to sort my emails, I use a email archiving solution.

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