More on Context: Building Better People Networks

Finished editing my previous entry about providing context in a social networking world to find that my "hobby blog" was sporting new comments for moderation. Normally this is something I take care of about once a week, akin to pulling weeds out of the cracks in the steps leading to my front door: unpleasant content, usually, that smells bad.

Today's comment pile had two gems: first from my own mother, commenting on my exorcism of the demons of the 1972 NLCS, reminding me that my childhood friends' mother lost her battle with breast cancer as few years back. In recalling Glenn & Scott's mom I can overlook the fact that having your parents comment on your blog is somewhere in the embarrassment-weird spectrum between having the school bus chased down the street for a forgotten lunch bag and finding your grandparents on Facebook.

Even better, author Jack Falla, whose books I mentioned as my grace note to the hockey off-season, found and commented on my reference to his writing. Woo-hoo. And I discovered he's got another book in progress (recommendation economy, anyone?) This is the kind of social context that has approximately epsilon probability of creation purely in face to face settings, but happens through a few search engine clicks, trackbacks and blog entries. The fact that Falla is one of the daily dozen readers who happen upon my "other" blog tells me that he is as genuine a person as his writing would lead you to believe.

It's not even 8:00 AM and this is shaping up to be a reasonable Monday.

[edit: fixed missing href tag close]

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