Thanks for liking this, y’all. I hope I made it clear that I implicate myself in this satire too to some extent. I am not as social as I could and perhaps should be. I can think of some literary bloggers we would all do well to emulate, but I don’t want to embarass them by calling them out, and in any case there is no one best way to blog… but I will say that when I click on a blog and see no sidebar links or links page whatsoever, I tend to click away again without reading unless I know the author. The commenting part is trickier, because really there’s nothing wrong with blogs that have no comments — in certain circumstances it may be preferable, like for instance when your blog gets too popular and the comment threads require constant maintenance. (I sympathise with Ron Silliman in that regard. One certainly can’t accuse him of silo-blogging, either — his links section got so huge, he had to give it its own site, and he’s always been generous with links in posts, too. So in my mind, a good guy, even if I disagree with him 75% of the time.) I am acutely aware of the fact that I don’t comment on the blogs I read nearly as much as I should. Usually I relegate blog-reading to the end of the day when I’m too tired to do much else. But I tell myself that I’m already giving enough back by editing qarrtsiluni and curating Moving Poems, and perhaps that’s true.

Anyway, one of the other things I suck at is Twitter. I don’t thank people for RTs or Follow Friday mentions, rarely follow back people who follow me, and generally use it as a broadcast medium. I am happy to know that lots of others, including some poets and witers, are using it in a more social manner. Christine, I’m pretty tone-deaf about status games, so I wasn’t aware that was even an issue on FB, but poets being poets, how could it not be, really.