Cliffhangers

As blog manager, this morning I made an Executive Decision to use the More button to split posts. This does several things.

On your end, you will notice that you now have to click the coloured text that says, “Read the rest of this entry >>”. (Yes, I’m trying to intentionally pick “cliffhanger” points to insert those More links; they serve as a good check for the editor part of my brain.) My apologies to those on slower dial-up connections; I’m not doing it to be aggravating.

Rather, I am trying to tighten up the front page, so people can see more post headlines/topics. I’m a loquacious essayist, not doubt of that, and post lengths can obscure the headlines that would demonstrate the variety of subjects, to draw people’s interest in them. In this regard, it’s meant to be a browsing aid. Using the More button also allows readers to automatically see the comments posted at the end of the posts. I really, really encourage people to comment. Yes, YOU.

(By the way, if you include a hyperlink in your comment or use any one of a number of words flagged as potential spammage — WordPress’ filter is fairly sensible, as such go — your comment will get hung up in my Moderation queue for approval. Don’t panic; I check my email frequently during the day, and as long as your not hawking commercial links or being the worst sort of troll, I’ll let your comment through.)

Were I writing to just be writing or to be working out ideas in my head, I’d simply have an enormous word-processing file sitting in my computer. Were I just writing at the world, I would turn the comments off. But I’m not — I am writing to add to the public discourses about various topics. I blog to provoke thought, to express my opinions, to support people and causes, and yes, to have fun. I use the medium of blogging because I find it an easier medium for communication, and because it can be more accessible. Kindly let me know if there’s something I can do to make it more accessible.

Blogging is indeed an ego-driven phenomenon, and that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s narcissistic, but that people want to express thoughts about things that are important in their lives. But what makes blogging great is that it can be a substrate for dialogues between people all over the world. So, back to the blog.

10 Comments

  1. qw88nb88 said,

    28 July 2007 at 17:55

    I’ve not used Blogger, so I couldn’t tell you. You might try messing around with the various buttons on your writing toolbar to see what they all do. Perhaps another reader can answer that question for you.
    andrea

  2. shiva said,

    28 July 2007 at 15:06

    Is there an equivalent to this on Blogger, or is it only an available feature on WordPress? I have a tendency to write really long posts (as evidenced by my post in the last Blog Carnival… luckily, that one was of extreme length even for me, i don’t really intend to repeat that), so it would be quite useful…

    (yeah, i know WordPress is a lot better than Blogger… i chose the one that looked user-friendliest because i’m utterly clueless about HTML and the like, hence all the stupid questions…)

  3. 26 July 2007 at 18:00

    Splitting the posts doesn’t bother me at all. I usually come directly to your latest post from Autism Hub, anyway, rather than to your main page.

  4. qw88nb88 said,

    26 July 2007 at 4:37

    The next blog carnival information is right here:

  5. Kara said,

    26 July 2007 at 3:20

    Happy ADA Day:-) (in about 40 minutes here on the East Coast)…What’s the theme of the next Disability Blog carnival? I wanna join the circus:-)

  6. bigwhitehat said,

    26 July 2007 at 2:56

    It is YOUR blog.

  7. Teri said,

    26 July 2007 at 2:52

    “Yes, YOU.”

    I think it’s so funny that you mentioned that blogging is ego-driven. I rarely even COMMENT because I can’t believe anyone gives a rat’s arse about what I think, so blogging is right out, but I love and read blogs and think well of you who have them, so please keep it up. Sadly enough, you all constitute my break in the day. :)

  8. qw88nb88 said,

    26 July 2007 at 2:50

    LOL!

  9. Steve D said,

    25 July 2007 at 22:58

    I don’t have anything highly relevant to say – I am just commenting becuase I’m thinking you might yell at me if I don’t. :)

  10. Suzanne said,

    25 July 2007 at 15:32

    Sounds good. I like seeing the comments along with the posts when possible. But, as a parent of little ones, I now have Between The Lions’ “Cliff Hanger…hanging from a cliff…and that’s why he’s called Cliff Hanger.” stuck in my head. “can’t .. hold .. on .. much.. longer …” ;)


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