Quality of blogging

I want to apologize to my readers for the drastic drop in quality of my posts over the last one month. The problem is that so far I haven’t had net at home, and hence have had to blog from work. And it is extremely difficult here to concentrate on writing.

Most of my posts in the last one month are those that were written at a time different from when they were thought up. And given that I’m a “flow types”, this has resulted in horrible quality. The only post in the last one month which I wrote impromptu (as i was thinking about it) was the one on Orissa violence, which I thoguht measured up to my usual standards.

Anyways, things are looking up. I got a laptop over the weekend. Dell XPS 1525. Tomorrow the Airtel guy will be coming home to install broadband. Which means I can start blogging from home. And that will, hopefully, ensure better quality of posts.

Why do people comment?

I was looking through some pics that a friend had uploaded on facebook. I was also looking at the comments that people had left in them. And looking through the comments, I thought apart from one sarcastic remark by me, none of the comments added any value.

So I wonder why people comment. On this blog (and its predecessor) I noticed that most people comment only if they have something specific to say, some value to add, some joke to crack. And this is the same policy that I follow too, while commenting – irrespective of where I’m commenting. Yes, once in a while I want to leave a comment just for the heck of it, but even then I take some time and compose something that I think would be interesting to the other people looking at the site, adding some marginal value.

However, when I look at comments people leave on each others’ photos on facebook, I notice that in most of them there is not even an attempt to add value. They are all of the “palli vas here” types. They are just marking attendance and letting the uploader know that the photos have been visited. That’s it.

Why am I cribbing about this? Because in the sea of useless comments the comments that I think add value get lost. Serious commentors (such as those who comment on my blogs) will get put off when they see a sea of senseless comments. And end up not commenting. And that much incremental value that this insightful comment would have been added to the page will be lost.

Dear Readers, so far you have been doing an excellent job on this blog. Most of the comments that you people leave are extremely insightful and I love reading and responding to them. Please keep the good work going. And for those of you who don’t comment regularly, if you think there is some value (however small) that you can add to the post, or the discussion, please do leave a comment. I’d love to know what you think about what I’m writing.

And you might notice that I’ve implemented Threaded Comments here on my blog. That was one feature that I’d really liked about LJ and realized that replying to comments using @ is too much of a pain. So far I see that not too many others reply to other comments (a practice that was widespread on LJ). So please do make use of this feature and contribute to the discussion. And as you might have noticed, anonymous comments are allowed so you can comment even if you don’t have a blog. Of course I ask for your email ID, so there is some handle that I have on you.

Twitter

So I joined twitter. Signed up at least. YOu can find my “microblog” at http://twitter.com/karthiks

However, i’m having trouble linking it to my mobile phone (the sole reason I signed up). The thing asks me to SMS a codeword to some 5566511 number. i’ve sent the SMS but nothing has happened. the number hasn’t been registered. no clue why.

has anyone else faced the same problem? if yes, can you help me out?

(i’ve checked the twitter FAQs. they’ve given 2 reasons why it won’t wrok. i’ve checked and i havent’ made a mistake there)??

Tim Harford

I first came across Tim Harford when Tyler Cowen linked to his blog some six-seven months back. He used to blog fairly prolifically back then, and I used to enjoy reading it. In the matter of a couple of months, he had upstaged Tyler to become my favourite econ-blogger (that position currently belongs to Arnold Kling of EconLog). I wasn’t long before I bought “The Undercover Economist“.

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