Last year WRL created a little experiment called The Ghosts of Discussions. In my conversations with other bloggers we felt that some comments are so valuable that they exceeded the contribution of the posts that provoked them. We wanted to have a way of not only archiving them, but also making them accessible to readers who may be interested in continuing the discussion.
I made a conscious decision not to annotate the comments, so as to allow the original posts to be the host of further discussion. I could only do this for WRL since I can’t follow so many discussions on different blogs, but I realize that I could accept submissions.
So here’s how it works:
- Find a comment that blows you away in a blog (it may be yours!).
- Send a link to the comment via twitter @reply: @ghostcomments
- I will check out the link. If the comment contains ruinous spoilers for me, I’m afraid I won’t read it, let alone post it. This alas, is the primary limitation of this project.
- I post the comment, or an excerpt of the comment (my editorial decision) on The Ghosts of Discussions. The posts will be tagged via the commenter name, under the category of the subject (usually an individual anime or manga).
- The reply to comment link leads back to reply to the original post. No comments are allowed on The Ghosts of Discussions.
At present I am not considering adding The Ghosts of Discussions on Anime Nano. I’m not sure that it’s a good idea yet, maybe Kabitzin can tell me if it is. Maybe later.
This is a terribly obvious thing to say, but watching great shows regularly has been incredibly rewarding. Right now, everyone’s bemoaning the crap seasons, how the economy and moe is declining the industry, even predicting the death of the medium itself. And right now, I love anime more than I ever have, with a reverent knowledge of the classics and deeper appreciation of the trailblazing efforts of those that pioneered the medium in the past, and those that continue to test the boundaries of visual storytelling today. […]
Had Kadian1364 a blog, his handle would link to its front page. But he doesn’t, and it’s a shame that his occasional meaty insights and generous commentary don’t get archived, much less get attention and discussion beyond the bloggers he engages. Hence, I think The Ghosts of Discussions provide a repository for ‘independent’ thought/commentary and a prompt for continuing discussion in the original blog posts.
So if you have an animeblog and think someone left a rather remarkable comment, send it our way via twitter and I just might put it up on The Ghosts of Discussion.
Some acknowledgments: I got into action towards opening the site for submissions thanks to Scamp of Bokutachi no Blog who suggested it to me, and to Eternal of Memories of Eternity who did a post on the ‘blogosphere’s branches’ sharing The Ghosts of Discussions. Also, thanks to otou-san of Shameful Otaku Secret, and Ryan A of aloe, dream for being of great assistance in setting up the site by their generous advice and feedback.