Wednesday, 6 July 2011

What's your opinion?

I've recently read the Jeff Atwood's post: A blog without comments is not a blog, and realised that, while I don't have comments turned off - I don't exactly go out of my way to encourage much commenting on this blog.

I'd just like to say that I really do want to hear your opinions on the stuff I say. I'm frequently quite opinionated, and more often wrong than I like.

I may not give this impression, but I like to hear what other people say about a topic to get other points-of-view or even just to figure out my own blind-spots (by having them pointed out to me by somebody else).

So I've decided I should do what I can to encourage more frequent commenting here.

I'm not entirely sure how to go about it... but I figured I should start with a small change. From now on, I'm going to try and end each post with a question - in the hopes of sparking a conversation about what I've been talking about. Maybe it's a dumb idea - but I figured I should begin somewhere.

Does that work for you? If not, what does? Do you have other examples of good ways of getting regular comments on a blog?


Emma said...

Say something subtly incorrect, or that a bunch of people disagree with. I think that's always a good way to get comments.

Taryn said...

LOL - I'm not sure my ego could take the kinds of comments I'd attract if I deliberately posted incorrect information...

so maybe I should riff on some of the Great Religious Wars (vi vs emacs etc)? That always gets people disagreeable and vocal :)

itsgucci said...

i'm not quite sure how i found your blog... probably some rails stuff... and not sure why i decided to add it to my rss feed, but i did, and it has been one of the most enlightening reads i'm fed. thanks. you really sum up a lot of the things i am thinking in clear concise grammar. i've even emailed a few of your posts to friends saying "here, this is what i've been babbling about". again, thanks.

Taryn said...

Wow. Thank you itsgucci. I really appreciate hearing that. :)
I am very glad to have helped you illustrate your ideas better.

If you can - I'd love for you to let me know when you've successfully shared a post that way. Success stories let me know I'm not just ranting wildly into the great white noise of Teh Intarwebs ;)

itsgucci said...

will do.

truth vs harmony was a good one.