Communication Breakdown

One of the things you hear tossed around frequently is “blogs are a conversation.” While this may be a cliche at this point it is nevertheless true (which is often the case) that a key selling point of blogs are there “two way communication” tendencies. Unfortunately, this has not been true of late here at Collected Miscellany. For whatever reason I haven’t felt like there has been much feedback or interactive communication from fellow bloggers or the readers of this site.

To make sure this isn’t a structural problem I have done a couple of things:

– I have turned of the registration required format of the comments. You can now comment without being registered. I originally switched to registration only to stop the spam, but it also stopped comments. Hopefully, we can have comments without being overwhelmed by spam.

– I have set up an easy to use feedback/comment box. Just want to send a quick note or comment about the site? Got a quick question? This comment form will do the trick.

– I have also set up an “About Collected Miscellany and Our Contributors” page (still a bit of a work-in-progress). This page has a little introduction to the site and lists the contributors, their emails, and a short about paragraph. I hope this helps people get a sense of where we are coming from and will encourage them to communicate with contributors.

I have never been a compulsive writer; someone compelled to write whether there is someone reading or not. So it does mean a lot to me when people comment and give feedback; whether that is through the their own posts, the comment section, email, track-backs, etc. As always if you have any ideas, questions, or concerns feel free to contact me. And thanks for reading.

Kevin Holtsberry
I work in communications and public affairs. I try to squeeze in as much reading as I can while still spending time with my wife and two kids (and cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers and Michigan Wolverines during football season).

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