The Comment Rule

I’m going to reward you with an idea and I want you to reward me by proving how good of an idea it is.  Here goes:

If-someone-from-the-1950s-sudd-vqcgPeople prefer comments over the post.  This is partly why Reddit is as popular as it is.  Reddit works off the magic of user contributed information.  Readers then grade the information with upvotes which determine what info gets on the front page.  Get on the front page, get more views, get more comments.  A show of comments is a good indicator of how successful the material is.  The comments also get upvoted and they are the 2nd best part of Reddit.   Certain commenters are golden like the above example.

I want to make a blog off of the idea that people WANT TO communicate back and forth in the comments.  More people would interact with the comments and the post would become secondary.  I’d have to give tremendous thought on what posts would spur this collective effort but it could be massive with a huge snowball effect.  It’s essentially a forum with key participation from dependable, and insightful, people who want to contribute.

commenter-swift-saturdayUnfortunately, as I wrote this idea I’m thinking more and more that all I described was a forum.  I still believe though there is a key difference between a website with comments and a forum.

fotolia_what_doyou_think_xsWhat do you think?  I’m seriously asking what you think.  I mean it.  Actually comment on this post to prove the strength of this idea.  If you are sitting behind your computer and reading this sentence, this last sentence, you have just read 300 words and I’m requesting your opinion.  Don’t feel weird.  No one cares that you are making a comment on a blog.  Everyone only cares about themselves and after they read your comment and think how stupid it is, they’ll forget about in the next 15 seconds and never think about it again.  The process is simple and you need a name and email address.

All I want to know is do you look forward to reading the comments and do you find them more amusing than the actual blog?  I’d also like to know the main reason why you don’t comment?

By |2014-11-24T21:48:24-05:00November 19th, 2014|My Brain|7 Comments

The Comment Within

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A simple and easy way to improve this blog is to have more people comment. This isn’t going to be one of my down on my knees pleading posts, it’s going to be an explanation on how much the comment improves a post and the possibilities that lie within a comment.

Readers don’t realize that people probably enjoy the comments more than the actual posts. If you are full time reader, how often do you read the comment on the post? 95% of the time? There’s a mystery factor behind what some random person is saying about something written by someone you know that’s more interesting than what is presented in front of you. I find the comments the absolute best part on Youtube videos and on Barstool. A commenter can hide behind their moniker and basically post anything they want to without worrying about any retaliation. It’s complete openness and honesty at it’s finest and that’s why it’s the best part.

A simple goal of this blog could be to try to get more people to comment and try to have lively discussion amongst posts. This would create compelling material for all the readers who would never comment and also bring a more engaging aspect to the post. Now this lies on me to come up with good posts to comment on but I can sharpen my wit, put more thought into posts that allow for some discussion, stir the pot a bit, and hopefully turn these posts into something louder and of higher quality.

I recognize that posting comments is time consuming and generates nothing for the commenter. I know that you probably feel funny posting on a website but the readers are the HEART of the website. I may as well write these posts in Word and make myself chuckle. I get a kick out of posting ideas and thoughts and having people form an opinion. “The comment section is the place where the community converges and a synergy of diverse thought mixes”. Also if I know you and you want me to link to your blog and vice versa, let me know.

By |2013-07-01T18:53:44-04:00July 1st, 2013|My Brain|0 Comments

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