By and large, the bloggernacle is can be a pretty whiney, carping place. Since becoming a two blog home, my wife and I have discussed this on a number of occasions and come to the conclusion that ultimately the medium is driving things here.
One can overstate this medium effect, of course. No doubt we are seeing a lot of self-selection. People who want to whine and carp are no doubt attracted to the relatively unscripted and open fora of the bloggernacle. Some bloggernackers are simply carpy, whiney people. Still, I think that the medium has a powerful effect here. By and large bloggers blog because they want to be read. Hence, bloggers want to drive traffic to their sites. One of the best ways of doing this is by having lively comments, where readers regularly will check back to see who has posted what comments and if their last comment got a response. The comments drive the traffic.
And the simple fact of the matter is that complaining and whining generates lots of comments. Obviously this is not universally true. Some bloggers don’t care how many people read what they blog (which for some bloggers is just as well). Some blogs have high traffic without comments. Some posts generate lots of discussion without carping or complaining. But by and large, murmuring is not a bad strategy — at least short term — for bloggernacle success.