541st Friday Blog Roundup
I read a post a few weeks ago about the idea of closing the comment section on a blog in order to move the conversation to other social media platforms such as Twitter or Facebook.
He makes some excellent points about the comment section: “The system is built for individual comments, not for discussion threads … Commenting on something that’s more than a couple of days old guarantees that apart from the blog author only a handful of people will ever see the comment, and starting a discussion about a post that’s several months old is pretty much always a dead end.”
I guess what I like about the comment section is that if I find a post weeks later, I can still see the discussion because it’s dangling under the post. And yes, there are plugins that enable you to run tweets under the blog post, but I assume the tweets disappear if the person removes the plugin or the commenter deletes their Twitter account. It feels less… permanent. Beyond that, 140 characters often isn’t enough space to respond to a post, though it is enough space to acknowledge a post.
Commenting has definitely dropped in recent years as more people read from mobile devices and more people blog. I think when the blogging community was small, you felt obligated to comment and let the person know you read their words. You also had fewer places to write your thoughts therefore you felt a deeper impulse to comment and use the commenting space. Now, you can jump into conversations about a post in a wide range of spaces, which dilutes the use of each individual space though the commentary is probably at a similar level if one considers all the places someone may have aired their thoughts.
What do you think of closing down the comment section in order to funnel people toward social media for conversation?
Stop procrastinating. Go make your backups. Don’t have regrets.
Seriously. Stop what you’re doing for a moment. It will take you fifteen minutes, tops. But you will have peace of mind for days and days. It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.
As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.
And now the blogs…
But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week. In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:
- “Draw Your Infertility” (Because I Can’t Have Babies)
Okay, now my choices this week.
I actually had “Draw Your Infertility” by Because I Can’t Have Babies bookmarked for this week because I didn’t read it until last weekend. So I decided to put it in both places mostly because I think the exercise she did in the workshop is so helpful and applicable to a large range of emotionally-charged situations. And yes, I am going to make you click over to see what she did in the workshop. Believe me, you’ll want to bookmark the post, too, and return to it on a day you need it.
Persnickety Chickadee has a frank post about dealing with depression. She also points out this fact about carrying your traditions and expectations with you: “Everyone’s expectations around home behaviours are different. And because it’s something learned at home, where everyone else does it, it can be hard to explain it to someone else.” This is why I read blogs and write a blog: because reading about someone else’s experience makes me feel less alone.
Unpregnant Chicken is struggling with the question many of us grapple with at some point in our treatment journey: reconciling her political beliefs about conception with her heart’s beliefs about conception. It’s an interesting read.
Invincible Spring has a beautiful post about what a difference a year makes. She writes, “During all those long years of loss, infertility and loneliness, I often comforted myself with the thought that life can change profoundly and unexpectedly in a single season, in the blink of an eye. ‘Everything could look completely different this time next year‘, I told myself, hoping it might be for the better.” And isn’t that the hope that fuels us to put one foot in front of the other?
Two Adults, One Child kicks off her post with a venn diagram and then asks the eternal question: how does someone find their purpose? It’s not just an interesting post that will encourage you to take a step back and look at your own life, but an interesting discussion is taking place in the comment section, too.
Lastly, The Road Less Travelled has a moving post about the plot next to her daughter’s grave finally getting the plaque on it. You should read this post precisely because it is a hard read. Because hard reads are usually important reads because they force us to look at the truth about living and the time we have.
The roundup to the Roundup: What do you think about moving commenting to other platforms? Your weekly backup nudge. And lots of great posts to read. So what did you find this week? Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between April 10th and 17th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week? Read the original open thread post here.