Alternate title: For Fuck’s Sake, Bloggers, You Are Driving Me Fucking Crazy
When you write, can you think about someone trying to retrace this discussion next week, or next month, or next year?
How will they do it, when you randomly reference but do not link posts?
This means you have to link exactly to specific posts, not generally to the home page of a blog.
Yes, this also means that sometimes you have to link to yourself. So what? This is a conversation, and you are following the conversation. It’s okay to speak up more than once in a conversation.
ETA a year later:
I am a historian, and I revere the archive. The archive we are creating here will be useless without specific links.
Also, it is often possible to link even to specific comments, and worth doing so.