Link BaitingBy: Stephen Marsh
I was discussing a recent case of link baiting that occurred, and someone said: I would love if you or anyone could find a way to incorporate what you had said previously into a post:
“What first got my attention about it all was his complaining about not having engaged W&T among other blogs, in his discussion. That was fine, but, why should I be reading him and what he writes? What call does he have from his involvement with me that would call for me to be involved with him or to even notice him when he writes, did he even have a link back rather than just the name of our blog?
Do I not have enough going on in my life? Does he comment regularly on my personal blog? (e.g. at a thread like http://ethesis.blogspot.com/2012/05/rachels-talk-today-in-church.html ). Is he a regular commenter at W&T that I’ve happened to miss? Is his writing otherwise supernal and compelling?”
Because these bring up really good point. The person you are discussing doesn’t comment at W&T. There’s nothing really special about his writing, as far as I can tell. We have better things to do. It’s really just link-baiting the blogs he mentioned (successful link-baiting, as it appears from seeing the bloggers who have responded to him, but link-baiting nevertheless).
So, how should we, at W&T, respond to link baiting? In general, how much does someone deserve a response who is outside of our community, never responds to our posts or comments here and who does not visit our personal blogs? What do you think is the right response to link baiting?
For those who are curious: http://www.problogger.net/archives/2006/09/19/an-introduction-to-linkbaiting/
What would I have posted on if I had not been discussing link baiting? Well, in the early 1980s the text of the second endowment was available in the reserve collection at the BYU library. In connection with that, there has been a lot of discussion about the second comforter, the Holy Spirit of Promise and what it means to have your calling and election made sure. By next week that will no longer be topical (things in the bloggernacle age fast), but I was thinking of discussing those. What do you think I should have written about instead?