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August 22, 2005

Joel Achenbach hosts legions of squatters

Stephen Baker

Funny story about blogging by Joel Achenbach in yesterday's Washington Post. (from Romenesko, Jarvis) I paid a visit to Achenbach's blog and was blown away by the avalanche of comments following each post. More than 300 comments alone on a post about real estate in California. As Achenbach points out, many of the comments pay only fleeting attention to his posts. The long and short: His blog is taking on a life of its own.

Achenbach is a gifted writer with a keen eye for the quirks of American society. At some point he might consider turning his attention to the community that's taking shape on his own blog.

02:15 PM

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Stephen...Achenbach's blog is a great example of what was being discussed here with respect to community:

http://www.socialcustomer.com/2005/08/from_transactio.html

The Achenbach example lines up well with the suggestion that the most successful (vendors, writers, publishers, etc.) will be the ones acting as gracious hosts, enabling their (customers, readers) to connect with each other over a period of time.

Posted by: Christopher Carfi at August 22, 2005 07:24 PM

The Achenblog is what it is because of who Joel Achenbach is. He embodies a rare combination of intelligence and self-deprecating humor that inspires without intimidating, and attracts people who are keenly interested in the world around them. From the beginning, Joel and the commenters have actively encouraged each other. One of the reasons there are so many comments is that Joel reads all the comments and responds to them; for the first few months, he participated in the comments as if he were a part of that community. Once on a Friday afternoon, someone posted a comment: "Where is Joel? Oh, right, Friday afternoon, he's probably already gone home" and within minutes, a comment appeared from Joel, "Oh, I'm here. Trying to work. Failing."

Good luck trying to duplicate Joel's success elsewhere, with any other blogmeister.

Posted by: We Know Who We Are at September 10, 2005 08:15 AM


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