I have mixed feelings about CoComment: I like having some record of where I’ve commented, but I haven’t spent enough time figuring out any but the most basic features.
For one thing, a bunch of the comments were on my own blogs — this one and another I think of as the most narrowly-focused blog around (I created it for my parents, so the average number of hits a day is “one”).
And, from time to time, I’m willing to let a conversation go. If I commented somewhere four months ago, and only one other person did as well, and there hasn’t been anything added since then, I feel safe in no long tracking.
When I had a corporate job and a corporate cubicle, I strongly resisted retaining too much paper. I had a small bookshelf and one filing cabinet. When the files got up to 90% capacity, I’d weed them back to about 66%. I think it was Robert Townsend of Up the Organization who said it’s not the stuff you throw away that gets you in trouble; it’s the stuff you keep.
So I managed to toss around 20% of what was being tracked — which is way above that magic number of seven plus-or-minus two. I chose the “natural pruner” picture that I did because this little guy couldn’t do too much damage in too short a time (unlike the ‘antler rats’ I used to have to defend my shrubbery against).
I did find myself coming up with informal guidelines for what to retain, and why, so the exercise paid off and not only in reducing the number of comments I was (theoretically) tracking.