Mario Sundar's Speakeasy

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Seth Godin – No Like, Me Talk

Just kidding! One thing's for sure, Seth Godin sure knows how to stir controversy. Without uttering a word, he's caused a minor blogosphere stir with his "I dont allow comments on my blog" post. Here is Seth's fundamental reason for doing so:


That alone is sufficient reason for anyone to not respond. I can totally understand. But blogging takes time too.

Here's my take:
1. Having a blog and not encouraging conversations is like having an open-house and then not letting the people you invite to talk! I think one of the reasons blogs are valued by everybody from college students to corporations is to enable a conversation between writer and reader and to stifle that is not cool. But that may not be every blogger's goal and that probably is not Seth's blog goal either.

2. In my opinion, the difference between response-blogging and no-response-blogging is significant because; no-response-blogging is like preaching from a pulpit while response-blogging is like talking to a bunch of friends. I agree Seth is a pioneer and has a lot of cool marketing ideas that we can read on his blog, but come on…doesn't he want to hear the BLOB deface his ideas on his blog? (What's a BLOB?)

3. But to his credit, Seth's right-on when it comes to permission-marketing a term he coined in 1999, which means
        "Marketers will ask permission before they send advertisements to prospective customers".

If you look at the blogosphere as a town where every random blogger tries to get his 2 minutes of fame via some other famours blogger, then Seth doesn't give permission to those blog-marketers?! Makes sense to me but then what about the comments that make sense. 

So what's the only way you can get his attention. Well, for starters you can use trackbacks as a way of letting him know that you've responded to his post on your blog and I think that's a way he can read your responses when he finds time for it. (What's a trackback?-Thanks, Andy!) I think that's a great alternative to comments, which, by the way, is allowed on Seth's blog.

Scott Karp is right-on with his incisive take on Seth's no-comments behavior on his blog – Publishing 2.0. Check out Scott's take here.  

You can also read my friend "Jeremiah – The Web Prophet"'s take on Seth's stand here on his blog.

p.s. J, I don't seem to be able to leave any comments on your blog via Firefox. Will try doing the same via IE. Just a heads-up.

Now this to me is one of the coolest things about a blog – this conversation with a fellow blogger via blogs. Awesome!

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One Response

  1. You just have to fill in both fields. i approve all comments manually so there is some wait time although I usually respond within minutes to hours



    I saw your response to my Riya comment. Thanks.



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