The day after Labor Day is traditionally the first day of school in many parts of the country, but as a former high school teacher, the only homework for The Family Curator today is to welcome readers and take attendance!
In recent months, I’ve noticed a marked decrease in comment interaction throughout the genealogy blogging community. Is it that posts are less stimulating? Did the blog feed get lost in updates and moves? Or has Twitter replaced the old comment box as the preferred way to respond?
Several bloggers have noted the decrease in comments in proportion to the increase in Twitter activity. And as much as I enjoy the immediate action of Twitter conversations, I miss the longevity of a blog comment. Sometimes I learn as much from comments as I do from articles.
What do you think? Do you Tweet? Has Twitter impacted your commenting activity? We are taking Roll Call at The Family Curator and asking for your input – are you out there Reader? Please, leave a comment and let’s tally the results.
Impressive comments bloggers, one and all! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the Twitter vs. Blog Commenting debate. From the first 24-hours of observations, it appears that "lack of time," and a growing list of blogs to read are playing a large role in the decreased frequency of comments noted by many bloggers.
Some bloggers, like Thomas at Geneabloggers note "the essence of blogging is interaction with your reading audience" and acknowledge the place of reader comments in the dialogue; others might feel more like Midge at Granite in My Blood who doesn't "spend much time commenting" and is "surprised" that anyone reads her blog. Most commenters, however, did seem to feel that Twitter's 140 characters was a pretty tight limit for meaningful remarks.
I thought it was interesting that this little "experiment" indicated Twitter's presence quite well -- of the 13 bloggers who have left comments thus far, 10 were in my Twitterfeed on and off yesterday, the day of the intitial posting. I usually don't spend much time monitoring Twitter, but because I was working at my desk all day and specifically wanted to solicit input for this post, I did a bit of prodding via Twitter. Of course, I don't know how many of bloggers would have commented without a nudge, but it seems fairly obvious that Twitter played a part in encouraging bloggers to participate in the discussion.