To Blog or Not to Blog: Managing “Inundation”; Coaxing Public Participation January 22, 2006Posted by Yvonne in beginner blogger, Dynamics of Resistance, Power of Dialogue.
One concern I’ve heard from folks that haven’t started their blogs yet is that they wonder: how to deal with an inundation of communication?
First off, it’s hardly been a firestorm. I mean, noone even knows my blog is there until I tell them. Maybe my blog is being picked up in Technorati now that I “claimed” my blog there. But someone would have to search for what I’m blogging about, then my blog would have to show up on the first page of results, which isn’t happening since I’m blog number 1MM+, being so new and unlinked. Which means that, so far, I’m the one who visits my blog most, LOL!
But seriously, if you should have very different experience than I, and are suddenly overcome with communications you feel are beyond your ability to respond to, I just found a completely effective solution: Robert Fulghum really knows how to manage boundaries!
Actually, the challenge I’m faced with now is: how to encourage folks who’ve been replying to my blog posts via email direct to post to the blog so the conversation is more public? So far, I’m getting some really super replies, but they’re to me on email rather than the blog, and I feel a little odd about posting someone else’s comments then replying. So the conversation misses something.
The way my blog works, any comment posted is in the public conversation, and I get it immediately as an email too. So (mostly) no worries I’m not going to see it.
Could it be that we’re so used to looking at websites, and sending emails, we don’t get it that the blog can be a place for public discourse? As long as things stay generally on subject, I like that blog conversations are public. I think the inquiry gains power when more people have the opportunity to find and engage, and I really appreciate being able to post or comment with links going all over the blogosphere and to trace threads without cluttering my in box.For some reason, thought, that leap that isn’t obvious for everyone.