Conversational blogging

· Salon Bloggers, Weblog Concepts

Steve Bowdrick writes in the Guardian (UK), that the best blogs leave room for the reader and other bloggers to complete, refute, or expand on the ideas expressed:

Weblogs produce a class of conversation that is, if it works, of the highest quality, fuelled by the open-mindedness of the blogger and continually refreshed by provocation from readers.

And here I thought I was just being lazy and half-assed, posting semi-baked theories and idle inklings without ever really thinking anything all the way through. Turns out that’s a good thing:

This is where weblogs can approach the quality and texture of real conversations. Great bloggers leave lots of gaps and readers rush to fill them, producing insight in the synthesis of the original words and the reader’s response. The whole really is greater then the sum of the parts.