Today I made a change to the sidebar here at the Young Anabaptist Radicals blog and while it may not seem important, I’ll take a minute to explain it.
One of the disadvantages of the blog format is that the linear format means that when blog posts move off the front of the page, they tend to move off of people’s radar. This sometimes cut short what could be a lively discussion. A good example is the Jerry Jenkins post which has 13 comments and counting, but isn’t very visible. Tom Dunn emailed me today to point out that the “Recently Commented” blog on the sidebar provides a way to remedy that situation. He says:
It was just a couple of weeks ago that I noticed the “recently commented” box in the YAR sidebar. I think that this should be made more prominent somehow…
Now that I know the “recently commented” box is there, that is usually the first place I go because I like to see what people are discussing. I think this is really what is at the heart of YAR, people interacting with each other….even if it is via the internet.
Thanks for the suggestion, Tom. Hopefully you all will take advantage of the newly placed “Recent Comments” box and keep these discussions alive!