Ok, I actually have my entire presentation written down, and I could have posted it, so you could read it at Mormon Matters if you aren’t listening to me talk. But where would the fun be in that?
Instead, it is my turn to do a meta post about the bloggernacle.
In some communities comments on posts are a tit for tat thing. You post a comment on my topic, I visit you and post a comment on yours. Anyone who doesn’t reciprocate eventually ends up being frozen out of the community.
In some communities, all responses are pretty much within the thread. You comment on my post, I post a response. If I don’t, people cease to comment on my posts.
In other communities, everyone who is a part of the community posts on each other’s posts. E.g. if we did that at Mormon Matters, every post would have a comment by every permablogger. Some times the community handles the response portion. You post on my group blog post, someone from my community will will post a response.
If you’ve ever seen the acronym “RAEBNC” (read and enjoyed but no comment) you’ve seen the etiquette in action when people had no idea of what to say, but felt a duty to make sure they had posted something. I do something similar to that with authors I really enjoy reading but don’t have much to add — just to try to encourage them (or why my comments to Bored in Vernal’s posts may seem so shallow).
Then we have the bloggernacle. It has none of the standard posting or commenting patterns. In fact, to the extent I can define a blog as a part of the bloggernacle or likely to be rejected (such as the complaints about Mormon Mommy Blogs being included in the Niblets), if it has a traditional form of responsive posting, it is probably a blog that the consensus would reject.
I find that fascinating. I wonder if it is a part of LDS or Utah culture, the nature of the academics and quasi-academics who populate some of the founding blogs (academics tend to not reciprocate: normal human beings are not “real people” in their world, so there are no real social duties owed to them any more than the social duties owed to lab mice or first year students), or something else? What do you think?