Blogging is a totally different form of communication. It’s not just a static webpage. It’s obviously not email-like. It’s probably closest to a newsgroup. The reason I say a blog is similar to a newsgroup as a blog isn’t a one-way form of communication, it’s not a 2-way form of communication, it’s really a n-way form of communication, just like a newsgroup discussion. The big difference with a blog is that the discussion is always started by the blog owner, and he/she is the “boss”. If the owner doesn’t like somebody’s comment, they can simply remove it.
So why all this talk about what a blog is? Well, I don’t just like to read blogs, I like to participate with other bloggers by commenting on their posts. The thing that makes me crazy is that after I comment on a blog, I’m normally forced to go back to the posts I’ve commented on and see if anyone has followed my comment with some interesting dialog. Occasionaly, I come across a blog where I can check a box to get email notifications of further comments. I dig those blogs. I think Roller/JRoller provides that out-of-the-box.
Now Erik’s… Hmm… has that same functionality. Thanks to the great Subscribe to Comments plugin created by Mark Jaquith. So feel free to leave a comment, check the box for email notification of future comments, and then sit back and see what kind of conversation your comment starts.