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A great round up Michele, thanks.

I think my answer to Jered would be the same as yours, I'd measure the number (and quality) of comments on my blog, since that was the outcome I was hoping for.

I'm not sure they're measurements as such but other things to watch might be: conversational language (simple things like contractions); including some questions that readers can respond to (though tagging 'what do you think?' onto a post that sounds like a press ain't going to work)

Asking for a second opinion might also be a good idea as you suggest (maybe just ask your readers!)


PS A small Typepad issue - one of my readers mentioned (on StumbleUpon) that it was a shame you had to be a Typepad user to comment on my blog. This isn't the case, it's just the way it's worded. I'm reminded of it seeing it here in your comments too. When I looked at the wording through a reader's eyes I realised it's ambiguous, it could be read as "you're invited to comment if you're a TypeKey or TypePad account". I've disabled that option on mine now to avoid the possibility of doubt.


Michele: This post and the previous one have really got me thinking about how better to encourage comments in my postings. I think my posts often feel "complete" and don't open up the conversation, as you suggested, especially the posts on our organizational blog. Because it's an organizational blog, I think we might also suffer from the press release syndrome, almost without realizing it -- we have our professional voice on. But we have to keep in the front of our minds that one of our goals is to encourage conversation and build community as we write, and perhaps that means not always acting so "professional". Anyway, thanks for the food for thought!

Thanks for this, Michele. I'll let you know if my post about commenting makes any difference. Meanwhile,the discussion has led to other questions for me including what I actually want my blog to be about. So your post yesterday probably had effects you hadn't even thought about. cheers Sarah

Hi Everyone--thanks again for your comments on this. Obviously this is an area where we all want to make things better!

Joanna--thanks for the info on Typepad--I'm going to check how I have mine set up because I didn't think I had that option on, but maybe I do. I also really liked your post on why you like comments. I think that was excellent!

And Shannon--I think you bring up a really excellent point about that desire to sound "professional" sometimes making you sound "institutional." I think it's even harder for organizations than it is for individuals, although I know it's something I struggle with. But even at the organizational level we still relate to individual people, so how to get across a sense of a personality is the trick. Certainly easier said than done at times. :-)

wow ))
its very unconventional point of view.
Good post.
realy gj

thank you ;)

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