Where Do You Leave Your Comments?

Filed as Features on February 4, 2008 11:26 am

When bloggers are quoting other bloggers and you want to comment on the issue, where do you leave your comment?

There are three different options:

  1. Comment on the the original post
  2. Comment on the post that quoted the original post
  3. Start a new post and use trackback/pingback to notify the other two posts

Which one do you choose?

This question was prompted by the following situation: Lorelle VanFossen recently quoted from a blog post from Liz Strauss who quoted from an e-mail conversation with Eric Eggertson. This is the original quote

When there’s a lot of discussion in the comments of a post, or if there’s some critical info added in the comments, create a short post quoting the most relevant info and pointing people to the contents of the prior post. This isn’t cheating. It actually really helps people who subscribe via e-mail or RSS, as they may not be aware of what’s being said in the comments.

This quote is now moving from one blog to the other, so where do I comment? While all the blogs quote the same paragraph, they all add their own opinion. While the quote does not change, the context of the quote does change.

Lorelle added to the conversation by making the great observation that

The post helped me understand that while comments are contents, feed readers are missing out on the conversation.

No matter if I comment on the original blog post or on the blog post that quotes, feed readers will most likely not be aware of this comment. Comments are indeed part of the content but most blog software separates comments from the blog post by supplying a separate comment feed.

While it depends on the context where it is most suitable to comment, writing a new blog post never hurts. Not only do you add to the conversation, you also point your feed readers to the ongoing conversation.

What is your preferred place and method to leave comments? Leave a comment, or link us with a new post.

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  1. By Guillermo posted on February 4, 2008 at 11:31 am
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    It depends… If I want to tell something related to the original post, O comment there. If I find out I can add something useful to the thread at the quoted post, I’ll do it at that place.

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  2. By Lorelle VanFossen posted on February 4, 2008 at 11:54 am
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    This idea has been rattling around in my head for a long time, so thank you for giving it the clarity that I just couldn’t find.

    Keeping up with the blog conversation is like following a jumping frog across the pond, though the brambles, and in and out of the trees. It’s easy to get distracted and lose the path, yet, the chase is often part of the fun.

    Personally, I leave the comment where the comment does the most good. Not for attention, but in response to the blog post and commenters, participating in that moment. If it is REALLY good, I turn it into a blog post – but herein lies the conflict for me.

    I don’t necessarily want people commenting on my referencing blog post. I want them to follow the links to where the real action is. Participate there. Maybe those of us who what to encourage the conversation on the blog post that started it all have to be more specific with our directions.

    A lot to think about. Thanks again for being the leader in clear thought. :D

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  3. By yungchin posted on February 6, 2008 at 3:16 pm
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    I would guess it depends (but, then, I have just about zero experience blogging). If you really have enough substance to add that it deserves a post of its own, then creating a new post makes sense.

    As for solving the problem that you’re then forking the discussion: on the blogging platform I use (WordPress), you can disable commenting on a per-post basis. By disabling commenting on your post you prevent a real fork, forcing your readers to go and see the original conversation.

    I realise that is a bit artificial, but can’t think of a better solution…?

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  9. By Knut HOLT posted on June 29, 2008 at 5:26 am
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    If my comment regards the original post, I quote on that.

    If mycomment regards the opinions of another commenter, I comment on his post.

    If a post has got too long I might start a new post with links to the original.

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  11. By veri kurtarma posted on October 30, 2008 at 10:13 am
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    I usually comment on the the original post.

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  12. By lorne campbell posted on December 8, 2008 at 7:52 am
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    I usually comment on the original post, but I guess it does not really matter. As long as the original author gets credit for the work.

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  13. By Malinconico Anna Paola posted on December 16, 2008 at 5:00 am
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    I often comment on the original post

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  14. By Toby posted on January 27, 2009 at 7:02 am
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    I leave my comments on the original post.

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  15. By Sameer posted on March 10, 2009 at 1:29 pm
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    I leave my comment on the original post!

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  16. By Tracy Zemlo posted on March 23, 2009 at 11:50 am
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    I comment on the original article/post.

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  17. By Jessica posted on April 20, 2009 at 4:46 pm
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    I’m a huge fan of commenting. Way to go! I think that if people are going to take the time to read your whole post and then they should contribute to the conversation. I comment because I like the stuff people write so whether it’s an original post or not it doesn’t make a difference to me :-)

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  18. By David Andrew Paton posted on May 28, 2009 at 7:42 pm
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    I too am a huge fan of commenting. However, I tend to comment on something completely unrelated to the topic at hand in my response. This is invariably because I am very, very drunk at the time of commenting, and I forget what the original post was pertaining to.

    More often than not I end up mentioning my genitalia in one context or another.

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  19. By asdhasd posted on June 9, 2009 at 3:27 pm
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    I would guess it depends (but, then, I have just about zero experience blogging). If you really have enough substance to add that it deserves a post of its own, then creating a new post makes sense.
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  21. By pallet delivery posted on June 12, 2009 at 5:47 am
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    I think you should comment on the original blog only. Going from blog to blog is time consuming for once and it will most definitely not help you accurately express you thought with the same sharpness, as you’ll end up finding it hard to concentrate when reading other comments, analysing other thoughts, etc…It’s much better to say what you have to say on one comment and start a new one if there is anything new that you’d like to add to the original post.

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  24. By Dave posted on July 19, 2009 at 12:01 am
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    I leave comments at the original post, that too only if I feel the author has missed out some important stuff.

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    I comment if i like the post then it don’t matter to
    1. Comment on the the original post
    2. Comment on the post that quoted the original post
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