Blogging and Conversation
In a comment at Timothy Burke’s blog, Alan Jacobs writes on the ways that blogging’s formal properties make extended conversation difficult:
I have complained in the past—probably on this site but certainly on others—about the way that the software architecture of blogs over-privileges novelty and currency, and I wonder if that doesn’t have something to do with the exhaustion that the best and most creative bloggers (like Tim) often feel. As far as I am concerned, Tim, you have given us many posts over the past few years that could have generated a lot more discussion than they did, but slid down to the bottom of the page, or off the page and into the archives, before the conversation had fulfilled itself.
My hunch is that one way to extend the life of interesting conversations on a blog is to integrate it tightly with a good forum tool. Look for the Memes forum, coming soon to this URL.