Blog Comments (and the lack of interaction on fandom blogs)

Taking a break from my NaNo planning posts today. Kind of :) I’m loving the comments that are coming in on them. I’m really not used to getting so many. Usually the only time a decent conversation starts in the comments section of this blog is when I post something potentially controversial and people jump in to get defensive. It’s nice to see comments on something positive for a change.

On my NaNo planning posts I’m seeing as many comments from original fiction authors as from members of fandom. It’s hugely flattering that OF writers are finding something worthwhile at a little old FF authors blog :D

One of the most frustrating things about blogging in fandom is the lack of feedback. Why are we, as a fandom, so reluctant to interact on blogs? There are a shitload of blogs in fandom, and yet there’s so little interaction on them. Sure, most of us do our social stuff on twitter (or forums, though I’m of the opinion that the forum is dead—or should be), and twitter is fantastic, but conversations there have a VERY limited life span. Anything discussed is gone in a matter of hours, or even minutes, depending on how fast the timeline is flowing. Nothing lasts. There’s so much fandom and fic related stuff that would benefit from interaction on blogs and it’s about time blogs were used for something a little more than just fic recs (yes, huge generalisation there, sue me).

So. I challenge you to comment on blogs. I challenge you to blog and to encourage interaction. Let’s talk not just about the latest and greatest fic but about the craft of ficcing. About your insights into the characters. About why you write the way you do. I want to hear about your process and I want you to comment on other authors processes. Subscribe to blogs, either by email or using google reader.

What’s in it for you? You might learn something about the way you write. About the way other authors write. And the more you interact on other blogs, the more people might find what you have to say interesting, and they might click on your name to see what else you have to say…

Comments and interaction is important. We as a fandom are doing the blogging thing wrong. Take a leaf out of original fictions book and write about what you write about. Tell us the process of your fic in a way we are going to care about. Be intelligent, but be you. Don’t be a diva (BNA’s, I’m talking to you). You’re a valuable member of the community, just like the rest of us. I believe everyone has something worthwhile to say.

Say it :D

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9 responses to “Blog Comments (and the lack of interaction on fandom blogs)

  • The 2 AM Writer

    I’m trying to get better about leaving reviews when I read ff. I suppose I can add blog comments to my efforts as well. :-)

  • Credorosa (@credoroza)

    I completely agree. I run in to the same issues and often wonder why. If I visit a site, I always join by google reader or subscribe if I really like the site. Joining is a way to let the host know I was here. Doesn’t cost me a thing to do, you don’t recv spam, no idea why people ignore the join. As for comments, for the most part, I do comment, whether I am in agreement or not. I look at it as, if you are taking the time to post, then feedback is appreciated, though sometimes we don’t like what we hear, it’s still nice to know someone is reading what you are writing about. Aside from the fact, blogs are a lot of work to maintain. You see so many come and go for that reason alone. So yes, if you visit a site, join it for goodness sate and comment comment comment!!!

    • vampireisthenewblack

      I don’t join every site I visit, and I certainly don’t subscribe to every one (and I subscribe in google reader, so the blogger likely wouldn’t have a clue). If I come across something a little different though, I’m so there :)

  • H.E. ELLIS

    Yes! I love this post! In fact a did a very small blog post just the other day on what I do to get myself out of writer’s block that runs parallel with what you’ve said here. I’ll warn you, it’s rather…naughty.
    http://heellisgoa.com/2011/09/15/mental-masturbation/

  • SydneyGen

    I hear ya!
    I have found recently, that in participating in
    Original fiction or book site blog hops I’ve opened myself up to commenting a little more. If I’m hopping through blogs on the trail, I stop
    In, have a look around, read some excerpts available and then comment on what I like about it. It’s not every day that you can actually Interact with an author and tell them what you like and why you’re reading them :)
    I think the oversaturation of the “fandom” blog has also made a reluctant commentor out of me…so many to see, so little time?!?!

    • vampireisthenewblack

      I think also so many fandom blogs are so similar. Most of them are rec/review only, or just endless porn posts *yawn* It’s when stuff of substance gets shared, something a bit different, some kind of opinion or whatever, that I really start taking notice :)

  • Harnew

    I do believe in interaction with comments, however, I’m not familiar with fandom. Therefore, I really won’t have nothing to contribute to the conversation to keep it going. Usually, I’ll just click the “like” button to let the blogger know I’ve visited.

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