I recently wrote a blog post titled “The evolution of a Blogger’s Ego” on my Jason Alba blog. I wrote about a change I’ve seen in the last three years since I’ve been a blogger and having participated in other social media (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc.). I think it’s an intriguing history… you can read it there, but one issue I bring up is this:
The discussion that a blog used to be able to create is not dispersed over various networks.
This is different than it was three years ago. For example, when I now pose a question or discussion on a blog post, I hope to get good, health debate. However, what happens is I get a few comments here, a few comments on Twitter, a few comments on Facebook, a few comments on LinkedIn (if I post the question on LinkedIn), etc.
This is good for ME, but horrible for YOU. YOU being anyone who is not following me on Twitter, or my “friend” on Facebook, etc. YOU is also anyone who comes over from a google search.
Case in point – the post from yesterday addresses two comments I got from Facebook. My blog posts automatically become “Notes” in Facebook, and some of my Facebook Friends leave a comment there. The problem? That comment is seen by a few people, but really it’s lost to the masses.
I contend that the comments from YOU on my blog posts are much better than my own blog posts. So please, please, please bring the conversation back to the original blog post – if you see my stuff on Facebook please DO NOT hit the “Comment” link… rather, click on View Original Post to leave a comment on the blog. It’s better for everyone, even you, as your wisdom and input goes to a much bigger audience.