Almost there...

Monday, May 10, 2004

Okay, here's a test.

Blogger did a major upgrade yesterday. Now they have comments. Are comments a good thing? Let's find out. I still have my doubts. I have much enjoyed having Almost There... be mine rather than communal. On the other hand, maybe that's terribly selfish of me since I enjoy commenting on other people's Live Journals and Fury and such. But I'm still not sure I'm ready to change the culture of my blog. Each post in Blogger allows me to select whether or not it will have comments. I think that by default, most of my posts will not allow comments, at least for now.

Also, you'll notice the new template. I may tweek it further. This is an out of the box offering from the Blogger gang. My last template was an out of the box offering too. I went to the Art Deco exhibit at the Legion of Honor this weekend, and over all, it wasn't as impressive as I wanted it to be. After some of the deco furnishings in the Musee d'Orsay, it really paled. Still, it gave me a nice idea for a sort of deco version of Almost There... with two shades of green, yellow, and lavendar accents. We'll see if I get it together to ever do something like that. In the meantime, this isn't bad.

And for the team at Blogger, thanks! This is the best birthday present I've gotten so far!


  • Yay for comments! And with a login system, and limited anonymous posting, I'm betting that Blogger is going to take a serious chunk out of the commentspam problem.

    By Blogger Kevin Fox, at 11:06 AM  

  • Huzzah comments! About bloody time... -Paul

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:24 PM  

  • Neato. not sure I want to register, but I'll think about it.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:21 PM  

  • I often turn off commenting on LJ when I know that I'm going to get well-meaning comments that will irritate the heck out of me. People are always capable of sending an email or an IM or - the horror - picking up a phone and calling if they had a strong reaction to a post and want to offer feedback. Sometimes the ease of being able to "comment" in someone else's blog is a bad thing. Sure, it's the quickest and the easiest way to respond to something you've read but those aren't always qualities I consider positive in interpersonal interactions.

    There are situations where what you say counts for a lot less than the amount of effort you put into saying it. Whether it's wanting to offer congratulations, condolences, or argue something out, it means more if you have to go out of your way to say it. You're also saying "you/your ideas are important enough for me to make time in my busy life to find a way to communicate with you."

    On the other hand, private emails, IMs and phone calls do very little for building a community of people who interact with each other as well as with you. Taking the time to re-iterate what you said in a comment in someone's blog when next you see them can have the same effect as the more private forms of communication. Then you can add to the community, sharing in public, and say "hey, I've been thinking about what you said all day/week/month and it's important to me that you know I do feel strongly about you/what you said."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:35 PM  

  • err, the long comment above was me, noire, btw. So no used to this annonymous thing :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:36 PM  

  • Wow you have comments,

    Comments are good and bad. They are nice as a conveience and encourage two way conversation, though, sometimes it's a bit too easy to add a comment.
    I'm used to your blog as a commentary by you and if I want to comment I need to actually send you an email.
    We'll see how it works

    By Blogger Chris S, at 3:37 PM  

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