Saturday, January 26, 2008

Conversation and nomadlife

I'd always envisioned nomadlife acting as a coffee shop, where people could sit around and discuss whatever topics arouse them. With a common set of interests, a megaphone for your voice (your blog), and a connector (, I had thought everything in place to develop one continuous, amorphous, evolving conversation.

I will opine that this has not happened. Instead, it's been a lot of 1-way talking. Few posts actually build on each other.

Additionally, many of the big voices within my circle have fallen rather silent lately, and a few others I think would be of value have failed to find their tune. This is not judgmental, but rather observational and worth noting. These voices often act as water coolers around which many others stand.

Why do you think it turned out this way? Do you think it could be different? What environment is optimal to you?



Blogger simi said...

not sure why this is. some reasons for my silence are lack of time to constantly blog and check for posts, lots of work, lots of travel, wish for privacy...

I think everyone is just focused on their life and what's going on there, it's easier to connect to that. It's also easier to have a real conversation than posting a response to something and having to wait for quite a while till you get a reaction. Doesn't live up to a real conversation.

There's also no common theme here, if there was I think people would talk a lot more, but topics are so all over the place that this feels more like an information intake place than a place to actively talk.

8:27 AM  
Blogger Jenna V said...

That's supposed to be the purpose of nomadlife? That wasn't how it was marketed to our LC...or anyone I am aware of. I actually joined up to know what my crazy friends were doing all over the world, let them know what I'm doing...which is not to say that it totally lacks the coffee shop atmosphere, but I thought the purpose of the actual nomadlife blog acted in that realm. Not your personal blog. That would seem rather inefficient to me.

Plus, there's the problem of a common set of interests. I mean, no offense, I'm vaguely interested in the less personal stuff you write about...but not so much to really delve into a thrilling 'conversation' about them...just as my foodie topics probably don't rev a lot of people's engines.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Mix said...

nomadlife doesn't have an explicit purpose; this is what I myself envisioned/hoped it would evolve into.

And there IS a common set of interests: travel, human relations, culture, politics (to an extent), etc. There's plenty here to start with and build off of.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Katy said...

maybe I just never had a set of expectations for nomadlife except as a place were i can go to and see a good number of people i care about all lined up in one spot where i can see what the heck they are up to now, reflect on it and say what i think , and hope that they too are going to care to see what I'm doing and think, enough to read my blog.
I also love the aspect of nomadlife as it also serves as network of 'readers choices' and I love to go to peoples side bars and check out the blogs, sites, and other nomads that hey are interested in reading about.

4:08 PM  
Blogger Jenna V said...

maybe simi put it better as there not being a common theme then.

11:08 PM  
Blogger Johnny said...

i always imagined it to be a lot like yummy buffet.

10:02 AM  
Blogger Jenna V said...

Now I'm confused. Is you above post based on Katy's what you meant? That everyone blogs on their own personal blog rather than replying in comments? Like I replied in Katy's comments which I now have to go check to see if anyone replied and you started this whole new part of the conversation. It seems super cumbersome, plus I came on to your post and just kind of wondered, "If he felt this strongly about it, why didn't he reply to Katy so that people reading hers would see it?"
This way doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me but maybe I'm just being lazy? or wondering if someone else posted about Katy's post and now I have to somehow magically find it among the hundreds of people who post...perhaps you should have at least commented on hers?

5:14 AM  
Blogger Mix said...

Jenna, ideally, right under the list of comments you would see a list of blogs linking to katy's post. You could then follow these to see what those people said. Look below the last comment in this string (which is this comment at the moment) and you will see a link to this post.

Blogger kind of sucks, so this characteristic is not automatically on. Katy's blog doesn't have it at the moment. And for whatever reason, I don't write as good of material in the tiny comment box. My best stuff comes from the environment of writing my own post, so I chose to do it there. Plus, this is a way to pull in people who read my blog, but not necessarily katy's.

11:57 AM  
Blogger Kleinsies said...

what about going beyond lables, and being able to tag certain words and have some sort of searchable database behind nomadlife. that way, anyone interested in xx topic can type that in, and see all of the posts on different nomad blogs that have either been tagged by the author or have been labled by them?

9:23 AM  

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