Comments Can Be Blog Posts
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Yesterday evening I took a quick look at techmeme and saw that the top two posts at that point in time were Tim O’Reilly and my responses to Mike Arrington’s Yahoo post. I clicked through to see Tim’s post and noticed that Tim had done the same thing that I had done; simply cut and paste the comment I had left on Arrington’s post onto my blog. It was interesting to see that the top two posts on techmeme at that moment in time were in fact comments to another blog post.
I then twittered that thought and went to dinner.
Here’s the thing. I get comments every day on my blog that are as good as any blog posts I see on the web. And they are stuck behind the comments link. They need to be on the front page, not on the back page.
What Tim and I did needs to become more prevalent. Comments are often way more insightful than blog posts. That’s because there are a lot of super smart people who for one reason or another don’t or cant’ blog. But they can comment and do so actively. Techmeme could have easily linked to Stone’s comments on my blog post or Jeff Bonforte’s or Joe Laz’ comment. They are as good as anything Tim or I wrote about Yahoo in the past 24 hours.
Here is what I want. I want to be able to easily reblog onto my front page any and all great comments in a format that shows that they are comments and a link to the post the comment is from. I want to be able to easily reblog the comments I make on other blogs to my blog. I want services like techmeme and friendfeed to understand that comments are as important as blog posts (friendfeed is on its way with disqus and intensedebate integration). And I want commenters to have their own blogs that are simply aggregations of the comments they leave on the web. That’s happening too, here’s my disqus page. But the commenter should be able to own that page they way they own a blog; themes, sidebars, widgets, domain mapping, etc
What’s the difference between a great comment and a great blog post? Nothing. What’s the difference between a great commenter and a great blogger? Nothing. At least in theory. It’s time for practice to meet theory.