Typepad defaults to homework

Since moving to Typepad I’ve notice that posting a blog entry is more like handing in your homework, at a particularly strict school run by ascetic ex-Jesuits expelled from the order for their extremism. I keep getting comments telling me off for my self-indulgence and lack of intellectual rigour.

Admitted, I have the intellectual rigour of a frisbee. And perhaps these networked doses of cod-liver oil comments are good for me, making me a better writer or thinker. Or maybe not. Maybe this is all self-indulgence and should remain so for my sanity.

Anyway – I have removed the “recent comments” feature from the sidebar in the hope of reducing the ‘pile-on’ that happens.

The “recent comments” module appears to be a default setting in Typepad, and as a design pattern it is very successful for bootstrapping conversations on a personal website and keeping them alive. In switching from moveabletype to typepad, I thought that the effects of the default design patterns would have been noticeable, but aside from this comments amplification “pile-on” effect, I can’t think of anything else.

This over-riding feeling that Typepad’s defaults have turned writing here into a chore for me maybe just be a comparison effect of using more lightweight, life-recording, “spooling” systems, such as Nokia Lifeblog, del.icio.us and Flickr.

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  1. “Since moving to Typepad I’ve notice that posting a blog entry is more like handing in your homework, at a particularly strict school run by ascetic ex-Jesuits expelled from the order for their extremism.”

    The Jesuits in America were not happy with any of the grammer books they found. So they created their own grammar book which is what we used in High School. Since our English Dept was full, I had one of the priests who put the book together as a Church History teacher. I don’t think I was ever so stressed writing essays.

    Thanks for that image. It has me laughing and sharing it with other Jesuit grads. How did you come up with that one?

  2. Anil said:

    It sounds to me like *any* blogging that’s not passive (or life-spooling) is more homework than not. Or is there something more particular about TypePad that inspires that for you?

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