Perhaps it’s not clear to some of my readers, but I have purposely implemented a few automatic functions in my blog. All designed to promote conversation, interaction and the opportunity to take full advantage of what social media is all about. Sharing.
Firstly, all commenters can add their latest blog post to any comment they make on The Vandal, thus increasing the readership of their own blogs. For me this is a vital part of my blog. It’s not just about me, but a forum for all to share their thoughts. Secondly, all comments made on The Vandal are forwarded to Twitter and The Vandal on Facebook, further promoting conversation and opinion. In addition to this, it is possible for any reader to reply to comments already posted.
Lastly, I don’t close comments on any of my blog posts. Although this is a common practice, I believe many of my posts are as relevant today as when I wrote them,; as are the comments, so in my mind they also provide opportunity to continue the conversation.
When I started blogging, I as most, had the idea that it was simply a two-way street. I blog, you comment; end of story. But after some time I realised that a blog was not so simplistic. It can be a forum where interaction is truly possible without the heavy hand of a moderator (blog owner).
Of course there will always be an idiot, but I do monitor my comments and on rare occasions intervene. Not with the heavy hand of controlling the conversation, but foul language and abusive comments do get my immediate attention. It is a pleasant fact to report however, that to date there have been nearly 3,000 comments posted on The Vandal and I can recall deleting less than a handful of comments.
So, when you read The Vandal and feel that you would like your opinion heard (or read), please know that your words do go far and are read by many an interested reader.