Shall I respond?
This site was recently criticized for being too open, since I reply to comments made here. Some think it is beneath me to reply to what you say.
Bloggers start conversations. Should they participate in the conversations they start?
Essentially, we are dealing with two different models of blogging here. Let me give them names.
Let’s call the first the “patrician” model. (A patrician is a member of a hereditary aristocracy, a ruling class.) In this model, the blogger is viewed as somehow above his readers. He starts conversations, but to participate in them is beneath him.
On the other hand, we have the “populist” model. Unlike the patrician, the populist is “one of the people.” He relates to people one on one, and doesn’t consider himself any better than the people. He starts conversations and participates in them, interacting with his readers.
(One side issue: One particular complaint was that my comments are often enthusiastic. That’s just who I am. If anything, I am more subdued in an online setting than I am in person. There are just no two ways about it, I’m a people person. If I’m going to comment, I can’t help being friendly and enthusiastic. It’s who I am.)
With that said, let me know what you think. Would you like me to start conversations and leave you to have them all to yourselves, or would you rather I be an active participant in the conversations I start? Have at it and don’t be afraid to speak your mind.