I’ve been having a good back-and-forth over e-mail this week with Chris Brogan about the importance of responding to blog comments on the blog itself.

Chris is a friend and new-media colleague who blogs like a true creative madman/genius at ChrisBrogan.com, nurse advice as well as at LifeHack.org, the Grasshopper Factory (his about-to-be launched new-media network), and now the New Media School. He’s also the co-founder of PodCamp, a podcasting/new-media extravaganza that I’ll also be a part of and am helping to spread the word about.

He receives some great comments on those blogs, too, but until a few days ago, he was only responding to them with private e-mails. His reasoning? A personal e-mail offers more value to the commenter.

My message to Chris? He may be showing attention to the individual commenter, but by not responding to blog comments on the blog, he is stifling the general conversation for everyone else.

Keeping the conversation alive
Some of my favorite bloggers — Neville Hobson, Lee Hopkins, Shel Holtz, Shel Israel, Jeremiah Owyang — as well as “A-listers” Steve Rubel and Robert Scoble, don’t only spark a conversation with compelling posts; they keep it lively by publicly responding to the comments that follow.

I know that after I’ve left a blog comment, I will typically monitor that comment area for at least the next day or so to see if the main blogger or other readers have responded to my thoughts and opinions. If they have, I may even comment a second time. Such is the flow of any good conversation!

Blog commenters want to know that the blogger is reading their contributions and cares enough to respond to them. When that’s done publicly, the blogger demonstrates in transparent fashion to all that s/he does. The conversation also stays ablaze.

And as for Chris? He seems to have come around to my line of thinking — he’s answering comments on his ChrisBrogan.com blog now as though he’d done it that way all along. Take some time to read Chris, too. He’s talented and passionate and about to do some very big things in the new-media space.

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Some very good news from my end to announce. As I first mentioned on Episode 009 of New Comm Road, noun I’ll soon be working at Monster.com!

Starting August 15, I’ll be joining Monster as a web content producer, helping to write and edit career-advice stories. Part of that role will also include helping the company to tackle the new-media frontier.

It’s an exciting challenge, and one you’ll be hearing more about from me in this very space.

Building a new-media toolkit for podcasters.

Hosted by Bryan Person and Ed Lee.

Subscribe to the New Comm Road podcast. It’s free, otolaryngologist and it ensures you won’t miss a single episode! Find us in the iTunes store or paste this feed into iTunes or your podcatching software of choice: http://feeds.feedburner.com/NewCommRoad

IN TODAY’S SHOW:

  • Podcast ID – Bryan sings
  • Voice man Lee Hopkins
  • Requests to subscribe to the show in iTunes and to leave us audio feedback on our comment line (number below)
  • PodCamp Boston now has a venue — Bunker Hill Community College.
  • Audio comment and question from Chris Brogan
  • Conversation with Bryan and Ed — what tools should be in our “New Comm Road toolkit”
    • First … all about Ed.
    • For the hosts to keeping in touch: 1) e-mail 2) instant messaging client 3) Skype
    • For show prep and as an online resource center: a (private) wiki
    • For aggregating listening to our own and other podcasts: 1) iTunes or podcatcher 2) an iPod or other mp3 player
    • For giving the show a more established presence: 1) A show blog with show notes 2) social-networking site such as Blubrry
    • RSS reader and monitoring tools: 1) Bloglines or other suitable reader, to follow “the conversation” on other blogs in similar content areas 2) Technorati, to set up “watches” for “New Comm Road” and other keywords
    • For subscribing and seeing stats: 1) Feedburner 2) Libsyn, or other service/server that hosts the audio files
    • Other tools: trackbacks
    • Don’t forget: 1) passion 2) good content!
  • Show close

MUSIC:

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LISTEN:

Running time: 32 minutes, 7 seconds.

Direct download this episode, or listen using the player below!
With inspiration from my Aussie mate Lee Hopkins, more about who is also the “voice” of New Comm Road, asthma I’ve published my very first video podcast.

In the video I talk about PodCamp Boston, order the first-ever podcasting unconference, which will take place at Bunker Hill Community College on September 9-10. Have you registered yet?

The video was made with my Canon PowerShot S1 IS digital camera. The process? Record. Upload to archive.org. Post here. As I might have said back when I was living in Lee’s homeland earlier in the decade … too easy!

Go easy on me in your feedback, OK?

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How to watch

Option 1: Download the video.

Option 2: Click on the image of me below.

Option 3: Click on the appropriate link beneath the image.

Please note that trying to play the video within your browser requires a QuickTime plugin and doesn’t seem to work in all browsers (including my own), so downloading the file and watching on your preferred media player may work best.

An interview with Leesa Barnes — podcaster, web blogger, prostate speaker, sickness and author.

Hosted by Bryan Person.

Subscribe to the New Comm Road podcast. It’s free, and it ensures you won’t miss a single episode! Find us in the iTunes store or paste this feed into iTunes or your podcatching software of choice: http://feeds.feedburner.com/NewCommRoad

IN TODAY’S SHOW:

  • Podcast ID – Bryan drops the “0″ to make this episode a palendrome
  • Voice man Lee Hopkins
  • Requests to subscribe to the show in iTunes and to leave us audio feedback on our comment line (number below)
  • PodCamp Boston is coming soon!
  • Bryan insists that Mike Bellina will return for Episode 12
  • Bryan interviews Leesa Barnes
    • Discussion of the 2006 Canadian Podcast Listeners Survey, which Leesa co-authored
    • Why women are embracing podacsting
    • Podcast advertisements can serve as lead-generating tools and build brand awareness but have to sound different from the traditional 30-second spot
    • Podcasts produce Google juice
    • Podcasts don’t need big audiences to be successful
    • Why Leesa targets the “influencer” when talking to businesses about podcasting
    • Overcoming podcasting’s misconceptions
    • How Leesa’s Cubicle Divas Podcast and Podonomics blog drive her business
    • Why Leesa’s attending PodCamp Boston on September 9-10
  • Show close

MUSIC:

YOUR FEEDBACK:

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  • Send us audio files or text e-mails to comments-AT-NewCommRoad.com
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Running time: 28 minutes, 8 seconds.

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