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December 12, 2004

On-blog or back channel comments

Yesterday, Elijah of Geek-Guides and I had another of our on-going IM conversations about blogging. The comments.

I have of late been growing quite tired of dealing with spam comments, as I have previously noted here. I expressed my concern with disabling comments because I would like to make the space available for discourse to take place, even if it doesn't currently happen. I find that I actually get very few legitimate blog comments in this space, right now the ratio is one comment to roughly every 10 posts - not counting spam. I believe Elijah's ratio is much higher, I'll get numbers when he is online next.

So I've started wondering if commenting is gendered. I get a few emails from female readers that refer to posts. This site is linked from websites, including blogs, that are owned by females. Is it likely that men just comment more?

Posted by prolurkr at December 12, 2004 08:08 AM

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Is it possible that your thoughtful posts require a more detailed response than people want to put in comments? I think there's been some discussion about comparing when people choose to comment vs. blog and link back vs. blog and trackback. Maybe your readers want to put their comments in their own space on their blogs? Do women experience a higher barrier to commenting ("oh my opinion isn't important", etc.)?

Posted by: Christina PIkas at December 12, 2004 12:20 PM

You raise some very interesting point Christina. I don't have the answers to them so probably this is a research project in formation. I mention discussions about comments, linking, and trackback. Do you have citations to any of these discussions? I would be interested in reading what others think on the subject. When do people use which forum, including non-blog responses like IM or email, beyond the gender issue there is also the sometimes related issue of technological prowess...trackback is much more complex to use then say dashing off an email.

Posted by: Lois at December 12, 2004 04:10 PM

Cameron Marlow (of the MIT Media Lab and Blogdex) did a paper on a similar topic (see: Of course, this mini-conversation via your blog comments is unusual because we each have to return to your one post in time to continue the conversation. Lilia Efimova has discussed the difficulties in tracking weblog conversations, as has Frederik Wacka (see, for example, here: Each of these discussions touches indirectly on the comments vs. blogging vs. blogging w/trackback issue.

Posted by: Christina Pikas at December 13, 2004 11:36 AM

Thanks for the links.

Posted by: Lois at December 13, 2004 01:51 PM