So far this month I have made 24 posts (this will be number 25) so I’m on pace to achieve my goal of averaging one post per day for February.
For all of you bloggers out there who are just getting started and want to know how to generate interest/comments, here’s a tip: make absolute statements. Open-ended questions rarely generate nearly as much response as a question. Take my recent post on music, for instance. I know that a lot of my readers (like, 3 out of the 4 of you) are Christians who listen to decidedly secular music. So, when making my post, I had two options. Option one would be to make an absolutist statement condemning, or at least seeming to condemn, secular music and the listening thereto. Depending on what kind of mood people were in, it could have generated a flame war. Fun, until someone’s feelings get hurt, as usually happens when one starts such things.
The second option is to pose an open-ended question, like I did. Two days later, I have two comments, both very thoughtful and much appreciated. Now, one could also assume that only 2 out of my abovementioned 4 regular readers have happened to drop by during the past 48 hours. Very possible. It’s also possible that most people have dropped by, read the post, and opted not to comment because such an open-ended question poses no threat to their views and therefore does not need to be opposed.
Some of the most fun discussions on this blog have resulted from me using option one. Also, some of the least enjoyable since relationships have been strained. I’ve stayed away from it for a while, although I’ve been considering ranting about marriage and children again sometime soon. Well, kind of. Maybe.
In conclusion, there can only be one conclusion: people don’t comment on wishy-washy posts. They comment when something resonates with them, either in a positive or negative way. So if you want to get comments, write about your passions in a passionate way. Just be prepared to defend yourself against all comers. Me included.
Speaking of which, we are now 20 comments away from 2000. Only 1% shy of our goal! I know all you faithful readers want to continue to read the quality programming you get here and nowhere else, so make your comment today! Reader-supported blogging depends on members like you. . .oh wait, I forgot that this isn’t NPR. Never mind. Go on your merry ways and have a nice day.