Two random comments
1. Why doesn’t someone start a blog/website devoted SOLELY to rounding up non-sg press and media coverage of sg and then blast that roundup in to a daily feed that people (like me) could subscribe to? Yes, if you know what you’re doing Google and other search tools will do this for you, but I DON’T always know what I’m doing and even when I do I’m too lazy to build the searches and refine them etc. Martin Roth does a good job of collecting this kind of news and Daniel Mount has started getting in on the game (as far as I can tell, sgblognews just waits for others like Roth and Mount to find an interesting link and then posts an item without acknowledging they got to that link via someone else). For instance, here’s this McKameys story that Mount dug up. It’s the kind of story that’s boilerplate and not terribly well written but it is what it is. But usually there are one or two interesting factoids or turns of phrases buried in the story that makes it worthwhile. And in general it’s interesting to me to see how others see gospel music from the outside. Surely I’m not the only person who’d be interested in seeing this kind of thing rounded up in a simple clearinghouse format daily or weekly. Any takers?
2. Bloggers should avoid commenting on their own posts. Daniel Mount has the (to me) annoying tendency of micro-responding to comments frivolously. “Fantastic” or “thanks for posting” or words to these effect are often all that Mount has to say by way of a reply-comment to some reader’s comments. David Bruce Murray is more disciplined about it and only occasionally responds to commenters with another comment. And I guess if you’re going to do it, that’s the best way. But as a rule, I never post comments to my own comments sections or other bloggers’ sites. If I have something worth saying, I make a post out of it, which not only feeds my beast but also creates a conversation of sorts. Until I rule the world, I can’t force others to follow my lead (for instance, I’ve been wishing for years now that DBM would make blog posts of his own out of many of the comments and posts he leaves at other websites, even though I understand the reasons why he doesn’t). But we bloggers take up enough bandwidth as it is, and I humbly submit that we don’t need to get into the comments bidness too. If a comment is worth commenting on, then it ought to rise to the level of its own post or an update within the original post. If not, stay outta the comments.Email this Post