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June 07, 2005

Customers, grab your soap boxes

Stephen Baker

Do the comments section on blogs produce real conversations. Problogger thinks not, and proposes an alternative for customer communications. He's experimenting with opening his blog for visitors to make their own posts, to which everyone else can respond.

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People are talking about ways to change blogging to produce real conversations. My opinion on opening up blogs to all comers: you'll end up with Yet Another Discussion Forum. [Read More]

Tracked on June 9, 2005 11:55 AM

Darren Rowse (ProBlogger) is on vacation. The post you refer to was written by JS Logan, one of a number of guest bloggers. I think the comments to the post were rather negative, however. I'd be surprised if Darren felt held to opening his blog to all comers.

Posted by: John (SYNTAGMA) at June 8, 2005 10:28 AM

Hey Stephen,

That is a great idea. Business working with our Ideascape group blogging tool have been experimenting with their customers - lead users to get ideas and feedback.

Posted by: jim wilde at June 8, 2005 10:59 AM

Sounds familiar - I think it's called a forum or a message board ...

Posted by: Tonja at June 8, 2005 11:01 AM

Steven-

Do people look at blogs to interact with the other readers? I read them to find out what are people's impressions. Sometimes I contribute one or more of my own impressions, but I'd agree that conversations are for forums or chat rooms. Maybe folks can be directed from a blog to a forum for conversation with people of like interests? Lots of ways to connect. - Pete Z.

Posted by: Pete Zievers at June 8, 2005 12:33 PM

I think that comments lead to good conversation on blogs. I think though if 100 people a day are leaving original blog posts hoping to solicit comments from hundreds more, the blog would turn into a free for all. I would rather read blogs of people who's writing style and opinions I respect, and then invite them to be a regular or semi regular contributor on my blog.

Jason

Posted by: Jason Davis at June 8, 2005 04:56 PM

Good critique by J.S.Logan - the answer lies in a properly managed forum with guest writers.

Posted by: Doug Skoglund at June 8, 2005 06:29 PM


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