Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Is a Blog a blog if there is no way to contact the blog owner?

Is a Blog a blog if there is no way to contact the blog owner? Would love to get feedback. Should DailyPUMA include any blog that doesn't have any mechanism for either being able to reply to a blog article OR contact the blog author via email? Just asking.


Anonymous said...

I don't know if it matters to me. You carry a blog that I just love that has no means of contacting the writer; no comments section, no email. I still read it.

Alessandro Machi said...

I read a blog article on DailyPUMA yesterday that asked questions about a specific news event. I don't think they were rhetorical in nature, either.

I could not find a way to contact the author or to comment on the article itself and share an answer.

That seems like a waste, no?

x said...

No, a lot of blogs just provide information. Some bloggers don't care about feedback. I've run across many with just good info. No comments and no contact. Still a blog.

Alessandro Machi said...

It seems like fuzzy logic to me to ask a question in a blog article, while not offering the reader a way to contact the blog with a response.

Factor in when the author takes a position as being infallible, and once again there is no way to contact the blog with a response, maybe we should come up with a new name to differentiate between interactive blogs and one way blogs.

How about "Blawg" for blogs that lay down the law with their viewpoints and offer no way for the reader to contact the.

Blawg. I like that.

Stray Yellar Dawg? said...


Please don't use "blawg" in a negative way. I often refer to myself as the "stray dawg" and my blog as "stray dawg blawg!" LOL. (Anyone can respond at stray dawg blawg, too! I'm happy to answer questions....)

Anyways... I am of a mind that... it's up to you what you want to link to here. You are not required to post links to blogs that don't offer contact info... unless you want to!

Alessandro Machi said...

ha ha Stray Yellar Dawg.

It's the blending in of the kind of blawg that offers no way to reach the blog "owner" with blogs that do offer some method to reach the blow "owner".

Of all the blogs on DailyPUMA, I think there are only a couple that have no way to reach the blow owner, but because they are blended in, people may not notice.

My question is, is it somehow misleading to include blogs that don't allow any method to contact the blog owner when the vast majority do.

What is someone has been following a blog for a long time and then one day, the blog owner writes about a topic, and makes a mistake.

The reader wants to contact the blog owner to provide information, and then discovers that the blog cannot be contacted in any way. It seems to me that that could create instant hostility. A faithful reader for x amount of months, and now, the one time they have something to share back, and there is no way???

It's like a store with no customer service, or getting on a bus and the bus driver ignores your question, or buying a car with no key. lol, or not.

Alessandro Machi said...

The short answer, Blawg would not necessarily connote negativity. Making a distinction does not have to mean much other than, if you're used to having the ability to occasionally respond, that won't be possible on a Blawg.

DailyPUMA cannot change what someone calls their blawg, and since blawg owners can't be reached, I guess its business as usual.

Anonymous said...

In this economy, it's a disgrace for some blogs begging for money to help support them.

Good grief, get a job and support your own blog if you feel it's that important to you.

Alessandro Machi said...

Anon, I learned a lot time ago, it doesn't hurt to ask.

Nowadays I would probably modify that saying to, It shouldn't hurt to ask.

Your comment is ironic in the timing. Just to the left of this article is a youtube video of a proposed one week "strike" by news media reporters, scheduled for around July 4th was it?

Articles would only be available via the newspaper for one week. The reason? Newspapers can't pay their bills yet their product is all over the internet while apparently it is not generating enough income.

Anonymous said...

So long as the blogs in question are really PUMA blogs, it's better to be inclusive than exclusive.

One could probably think of all kinds of reasons for excluding this or that blog (in addition to it lacking a means of contacting the blogger) if one were to put one's mind to it.

Better to let the readers themselves decide whether or not any or all of those factors are reasons not to read a given blog, rather than just de-linking them.

BTW the term "blawg" is already in use and means a blog written by a lawyer or about legal issues.

Alessandro Machi said...

Infidel, I think we're in agreement because in this particular situation I care more about what the readers think than my own opinion. While I don't like the concept of not being able to communicate with a blogger either via a reply option per article, or a simple email function, I'm more curious what others who read DailyPUMA think.

The Associated Press tends to make it very difficult to reach their writers. There are no links and they really don't want to hear from anybody anyways.

But, in general, when a celebrity or some other well known person blogs, there usually is a way to at least contact the blog.

Even Ralph Nader's blog has a place to email his group.

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