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>Let’s not forget that the gal had a good point, but

>The discussion/flamewar over at Betsy’s place about the Amazon Vine program reminds me yet again of the best way to get people to leave comments on a blog post: write something about blogging that implies in even the tiniest way that some practices might be better than others. People love to go all meta on that stuff.

In other words, as Betty Cavanna’s Diane Graham (in A Date for Diane) recalls from a teen dating etiquette book she’s optimistically memorized, “let a lad talk about himself.”

Now, if someone would kindly leave a note in the comments accusing me of accusing Betsy of doing the same thing that I am doing right now, we can all watch the metaverse explode together.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. Anonymous says:

    >LOL~ I thought the best way to get people to leave comments was to insult their integrity and to tell them that they don't deserve to write down their opinions for others to read.

    Brilliant way to build readership. (I prefer your blog though)

  2. Monica Edinger says:

    >For those who argue that a blog's popularity is all about the comments, Betsy — score!

    Is there a term for this out there a la Godwin's Law?

  3. >I have no idea what any of you are talking about. But I'm sure whatever you do on your blog, Roger, is a tiny bit better than what anyone else does. Who can argue with someone who quotes Betty Cavanna?

  4. >What if I myself accused you of accusing me of doing the same thing that you're currently doing? Rather than exploding, I think the universe would simply IMplode.

  5. Roger Sutton says:

    >Oh, great, now Betsy is over here accusing me of accusing her of doing what I was doing, which was accusing, well, not her, but the commenters on her blog who were accusing her of accusing them of having about as much to say as this sentence but in three times the number of words.

  6. melanie hope greenberg says:

    >I'm accusing that ya'll confusing 🙂

  7. >I just like that the word "accusing" is so close to the word "cussing". Gonna get down my OED to see if they're related.

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