Blog Comments and Conversations: Blog Talk Radio
Please join Wayne Hurlbert and I Tuesday, September 17 at 8pm Eastern Standard Time (5pm Pacific) as we discuss blog comments and conversations with social media. This is a topic that will be of interest to all bloggers. Whether you are a business blogger, a content curator, or a personal blogger you will want to tune in.
Here is the show description:
Long time blogger, online privacy advocate, and search engine analyst Blog Bloke describes why blog comments are important but not in the way that many bloggers believe. Blog Bloke offers the alternative concept about comments as conversations, different from that given by the well known blogging gurus. Blog Bloke shares the idea that being a top blogger with the most comments is not the only, or even the most ideal way to achieve success as a blogger. Instead of being obsessed with numbers and top rankings, as the gurus recommend, Blog Bloke recommends being real, having genuine conversation with readers, and building lasting relationships. Indeed, Blog Bloke presents the principle that there are many ways to achieve success as a blogger, and that numbers are simply one of many definitions of success. Blog Bloke shares ideas for building conversations through a combination of social media and blogs, and how thinking in terms of conversations rather than comments changes a blogger’s perspective entirely. Learn how to achieve success as a blogger on your own terms, establish deeper relationships, and utilize your blog as a critical part of that conversation development process.
These are some of the questions I will be answering:
- In one of your more popular blog posts, you make the provocative statement that not everyone will be a top blogger. Why do people believe they will be a top ranked blogger?
- Of course, being a top blogger has many different definitions, depending on the individual. Are there other reasons for blogging besides the very narrow rankings focused reasons given by the gurus?
- The very idea that being a top blogger is the only valid goal is a bit narrow as well. A blogger can be successful in more ways than just big numbers. How can success be considered for bloggers who are outside of the big number topics like politics, sports, and entertainment?
- Like you, I consider the idea that blog comments are the be all and end all of successful blogging is way over blown. In a social media based world, where Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google + have conversations, the blog comment idea is just one of many avenues. Why do some gurus still insist that comments on the blog equate to success?
- One area of blog comments that doesn’t get considered is the mutual back scratching of comments that goes on behind the scenes. Do you consider those comments as being real comments but rather shared gaming of the system?
- If comments were so critical to success, how does that explain the many top blog, using the guru definition of big numbers too, have so few if any comments at all?
- And in any case, what makes for a good comment besides some random “Great post, you are a genius/demonic spawn, Blog Bloke”?
- The idea of blogging as a popularity contest is out there, but are there other alternatives to being the most popular blog, like for instance, being an informative blog and a very real blogger instead?
- Perhaps if the idea of comments evolved, as you and others (including me) have pointed out, toward conversation as originally intended, then deeper relationships would result. A comment to me implies end of statement, but a conversation is more open ended and invites responses. What do you say to that concept?
- How can the power of social media help attract good conversational comments beyond the usual drive by comments, and get real relationships going and maintained?
- There is and always has been discussion of how blogging is going to go the way of extinction, but instead, blogs are still going strong. How has blogging commenting and conversation evolved and changed over time to stay relevant and even leading edge?
- What is the first step a blogger should take to move beyond thinking only in terms of ranking and numbers, and toward quality over quantity?
P.s.: Why do I sound like Kermit the Frog!