Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Community (and lack thereof)

When I look at our web stats, I am struck by the fact that we actually have a small but loyal base of folks who come here pretty frequently. Yet we get very few comments.

I'd like this blog to be a bit more interactive. Most of the other blogs I frequent seem to have rather lively conversations going on. Why not here? Please share your thoughts -- about the blog, why people aren't posting, what we can do to make this a better blog, whatever.


Anonymous Dilapidus said...

Unfortunately, no one has commented on your comment.

I just found you, but I'll be sure to comment.

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a frequent visitor to Blue Meme and I enjoy reading the posts. I have you on my list of blogs to check regularly.

Why no comments? I'm not sure of the answer. I guess of the 50 or so blogs that I frequent I only post to a few on a regular basis:

DC Media Girl
Huffington Post
Taling Points Memo

Others, I read but seldom post. You can see from my list above, those are sites where the discussions get pretty exciting so I guess one thing may be that comments bring more comments.

4:16 PM  
Blogger <-<--esoder<---<----<----- said...

I post but never get replies to my posts. So I don't post very often because it saves bandwidth to just talk to myself in my head. If the maine bloggers would reply to the occasional post, I think others would post more frequently. I know I would.

I also would love to pass articles I come across, but can't figure out how to e-mail them to you, or to post them.

Finally, I passed your blog info to our South Lake County Deomcratic Club and people in our group really like your site, but I've never seen them post.

5:26 PM  
Anonymous pablo verde said...

you're just so damn pithy, you leave little to say.

6:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Comments eh?
Let see,
I read a fair number of sites, the ones mentioned above in an earlier comment as well as perhaps twenty others.
I never post on any of the sites, I read blogs to better understand issues and am looking for opinions other than my own.
Your site is consistently good, often very good, I come to your site frequently and have brought it to the attention of several sites as one they should be aware of.
I think you have a real gift for commentary and you should not feel that a lack of dialogue on your site diminishes the value your readers see in your work.
If you want to increase participation:
Try posting a question of the day, an issue to address create an open forum on some topic, ask people to propose the topic, start a survey on some issue, even if it is a goofy one. One site I visit has off the wall surveys and I do them every time.
Courage Meme! Don't confuse the number of reader responses with reader interest level, they are not the same.

6:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with almost everything said so far. I visit the site everyday, so it follows that I find your comments interesting and insightful. I also visit many other blogs everyday and don't comment there either. In these times, I find I can hardly keep up with the news and the issues, moreless offer my comments.

And there's always the point that what I think has already been said, and typically better than I could've said it. Thanks for helping keeping us informed.

7:28 PM  
Blogger <-<--esoder<---<----<----- said...

Oh - here's another idea I got from another site - we could all post pictures of our girlfriends or ex-girlfriends, or sisters or whatever and let everyone vote on how hot they are. There's lots of posts on that site! And there's the occasional debate about whether or not a particular picture is really someone's ex-girlfriend and not just some floozy on Match.com.

8:39 PM  
Blogger <-<--esoder<---<----<----- said...

And to underscore my earlier post, there is still no followup post from bluememe s/herself.

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with most of the other posters. I read you everyday, but never post. For whatever reason people don't post, don't think its because we don't appreciate your commentaries.

2:59 AM  

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