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Blogging and responding reasonably

Posted Saturday, October 13, 2007, at 9:43 AM

Seems like everyone's talking about blogging itself, so…

I tend to think of my blog almost as a short daily column. I've got an opinion on just about everything, or sometimes just some other thoughts that aren't really opinions.

And I highly value and want your thoughts and comments, even if you totally disagree with me.

All of you need and deserve to be heard. I've had to work with people in the past who wanted to repress certain opinions; that totally irritated me, and it's one reason I feel so strongly about everyone having a voice.

That's what we're here for. And by "we," I mean both bloggers and commenters.

It doesn't hurt anything to drift a little off-topic sometimes, just as you would in a face-to-face conversation. Talk of one subject or incident can bring something else to mind. That can be a good thing.

Just be reasonable and respectful of others, okay? Feel free to disagree, but don't attack the individuals themselves as opposed to their opinions.

I'd like to think of what now exists here as just a beginning of what will hopefully be thousands of people throwing their opinions into the mix as we grow. Let's think of the future and keep these blogs expanding.


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Thanks David. It is nice to know the numbers are from time to time.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Oct 14, 2007, at 5:33 PM

We do have a counter accessible to site adminstrators. The most popular blogs can attract several hundred hits a day.

Numbers are higher on weekdays. Friday's numbers are missing, but here's a look at the most-read for Saturday and Thursday.

Saturday's leaders: Carl McClanahan 216, myself 98, John Carney 72, Nathan Evans 60, Bo Melson 41, Steve Mills 38. The numbers tend to be higher on weekdays.

Friday's numbers are missing, but here's a look at Thursday: John Carney 592 (his warning to hateful bloggers), followed by three separate Brian Mosely entries with 202, 144 and 122 hits; Bo Melson at 120, myself at 93 and Steve Mills at 92.

Usually whoever has the most controversial topic and/or is at the top of the list during most of the day gets the highest numbers.

The number of comments left on each blog usually is a good indicator of who was most-read each day.

-- Posted by David Melson on Sun, Oct 14, 2007, at 2:11 PM

I do enjoy reading the other blogs and have commented on at least 1. The ones with the most comments seem to be the topics argued the most everywhere. It's like that saying about religion and politics.

Wonder if they could put a counter on them. Other websites do--and maybe put that out to the side also?

-- Posted by neena on Sun, Oct 14, 2007, at 8:25 AM

Is there a way to put a page counter on the blog to see how many people visit it, not necessarily how many respond to it? Since I do not usually post controversial subjects, I have no way of knowing if my blog has any value to the public.

If not, I try new subjects and if I have no interesting subjects, I will open my slot up to another blogger. I do not see comments as an objective. I would rather know the relevance to the public. If I get comments, GREAT, but that alone is not the focus of my activity.

-- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Oct 14, 2007, at 7:52 AM

I LOVE THIS IDEA.... Though it is not in my character to retreat when people who have the ability to start their own blogs, also wager in the personal attacks... I agree it should calm down a bit, but have you noticed two weeks ago a blog received 400 comments, and T-G traffic was probably at an all time high. This week, nothing close. I wonder why?

-- Posted by nascarfanatic on Sat, Oct 13, 2007, at 6:35 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.