|Discussion of the Day: Un-asked Questions
||[Sep. 20th, 2010|03:35 pm]
Do you hate it when you make a post and decide not to ramble on about a topic and instead leave hooks in the post so you can expand on said topics in the comments only to have no one ask you the questions you were anticipating?
What do you do in those situations? Do you go ahead and throw everything in the original post? Do you make a second post filling in the gaps? Do you shrug it off and move on?
2010-09-20 04:41 pm (UTC)
I think I'd lay out my opinion first, and let people respond to that position. I think it'd be more effective than trying to be subtle and get your readers to state their opinion first.
If it warranted it, I'd probably reply in the comments but if a theme emerged I'd probably write a second blog referencing it and synthesizing that comment stream together into a neat package... then repeat!
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What do you do in those situations?
Its often surprised what does, or in some cases does not, get commented on. At least it used to. I've grown accustomed to it. Regardless, since my blog posts are for myself, I guess the answer is all three.
If my post is fascinating enough, and has good meter, including it is a great idea - if not, it just becomes tl;dr - even for me! I'll make a second post about it if I feel the need, regardless of whether or not any one did or did not comment on it. Again, I write for an audience of one: Myself. Which brings us to shrugging it off. Which is what I do with most of my posts in which there's little or no participation.
Once you start writing for you, these banal questions will cease.
I don't leave "hooks". I say what I want to say. When I want opinions on something specifically, I ask for it. Otherwise, people are free to ramble on about whatever. But, like ehowton
above, I write for myself. Whether or not anyone comments isn't really the point.
I don't leave conscious hooks and that's probably a good thing because I've found most people don't think like me and ask really different questions to the kind I would ask anyway. If it's something I want to say or I think is important I'd plonk it in the post or if I'd forgotten it I'd probably edit the post to include it.
What kind of hooks have you left out there that haven't caught any fish? Or is it too soon to tell me things like that yet? :P