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556th Friday Blog Roundup

Daily Dot killed their comment section. I’ve read their post about it twice, and I still don’t really have a clear picture of why. It seems to be some sort of amalgamation of troll-like comments meets people don’t want to leave comments meets why leave multiple places for people to discuss when they’re talking about the posts on Facebook meets… something else?

All I know is that this fundamental part of blogging — in fact, what made blogging a discussion vs. having someone talk at you — is disappearing.  I don’t just mean the conversation itself; that’s been obviously on a decline as people read from mobile devices.  But this sense of closing the door to conversation.  It would be like someone saying, “Fine, you’re not going to talk?  Then I’m going to stick ear plugs in.”

Whether or not people left comments, it was nice to know the door was open.  Now I just have to write posts about their posts.  Or hunt down the discussion elsewhere.  Or not talk about it at all.

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It’s Harry Potter’s birthday.  Happy birthday, Boy Who Lived.  You’re now 35.

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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.

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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:

Okay, now my choices this week.

Life and Love in the Petri Dish is doing treatments again, and specifically worrying about her reaction to lupron.  She dreaded taking it, but she isn’t having the same depression this time around.  She writes, “I keep wondering – why is this time so different than my prior two experiences with depot lupron? And all I can guess is that having Magpie means I am so very happy, that plunging me into a chemically-induced menopause can’t shake it.”  It’s an interesting post on how infertility thwarts all of our expectations.

Non Sequitur Chica has a string of random thoughts, and I’m willing to bet that if you click over, you will connect with at least one (though likely more).  For me, it was the piece about playing the pregnancy game.  I do that and didn’t even realize how it’s different between summer and winter.

Lastly, A Woman My Age has a post about her son’s fictive kin cousins, the children of her husband’s best friend.  Seeing her son play with them, she reflects on how much she wanted another child and how much her child wanted a sibling.  It’s a post about an unfulfilled heart.

The roundup to the Roundup: Another comment section closes.  It’s Harry Potter’s birthday.  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 July 24th and 31st) 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.

5 comments

1 SuzannaCatherine { 07.31.15 at 9:54 am }

Well, happy birthday Harry! He must be real challenge to buy for … 😉

I love to read comments. I should comment more. I’m in that group that has trouble commenting because I’m not “fluent” in iPhone. I’ve ended up with double posts (so embarrassing), losing posts I spent 30 or 40 minutes crafting (frustrating). I’m just going to have to suck it up and try harder. Would hate to think I helped kill the comment section.

2 nicoleandmaggie { 07.31.15 at 10:50 am }

Good comment sections require moderation. Moderation is a big cost for big sites. CNN is much improved without comments…

3 torthuil { 07.31.15 at 1:43 pm }

I consider myself an active commenter; most days I leave comments somewhere. I also like to read comment threads, because it’s interesting to see how people perceived or filtered a piece of writing. (Before the internets, my favourite part of magazines was the letters section.) The best comments sections are a testament to freedom of thought and expression, and they avoid troll wars and ideological conformity. Even when those things do appear, however, I find the comments interesting as an artifact. To me an article or blog with comments is exponentially more interesting than one without.

However as I read this post and the daily dot post, I realized my comments are mostly limited to blogs I find via your blog and mine. I never comment on a blog or article someone posts on Facebook and write a comment, although most likely I read the comments. I might comment on it in Facebook, although most likely not. (Uncharacteristically I just posted a long comment on an article on Facebook, where I fully expect it to be mostly ignored. Not sure why: perhaps my FB persona is so un-intellectual that people get blind sided? Or perhaps my ideologically diverse group of “friends” doesn’t want to Go There. Maybe I’ll re-work the post for torthúil.)

Commenting within this community just feels safer, because it does feel like a community. I have no desire to comment on some random blog or news story and be attacked by trolls. And when I think about it, I’m rather glad I’m unlikely to ever be a popular blogger, because I don’t think I could deal with 80 trolls going “U SO STOOPID IT IS THE END OF CIVILZASHUN”.

4 torthuil { 07.31.15 at 2:25 pm }

Oh, and I had no idea I’m the same age as Harry Potter hahahaha! (well about half a year older). fun.

5 nonsequiturchica { 08.04.15 at 10:28 am }

Thanks for highlighting my post!

I try to comment as much as possible within the blog community but skip commenting on articles on other sites. It’s just not worth it.

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