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Short answer: Darned if I know! Thank you. End of post.
No, wait! I'll try to answer unscientifically based on my experience which has little to do with paying attention to much of anything and making notes about any of it.
What prompts my line of thinking in this post was the response I got from my post of last Monday, It's Not All About You: Self-Centered Blogging. Over the course of last week this post received a fairly decent 98 comments. Most of these comments had content of substance and many were quite lengthy--almost blog posts in themselves. This was a more impressive than normal response. Why was this?
To be quite honest, last Monday's post was something I quickly threw together the night before just to have something up the next day. I considered it to be almost a throwaway effort and didn't really expect much in the way of a response. It was essentially a topic that has been covered often, including previous posts that I had done. I was amazed when I turned the computer on the next morning and instead of the usual no more than six comments, I already had eighteen. And they continued steadily throughout the day.
I want to thank everyone who did leave a comment on that post, not just for the comment you left, but mainly for the depth of the things you said.
With the topic of comments I touched something that is common to all of us, but what drew you to read in the first place. There was nothing in the title of the post that indicated the topic of comments. And the first paragraph was somewhat ambiguous. Was it the topic of self-centered blogging? Was it a curiosity to see if the post really might be about you? I'm curious since drawing in the reader without a tremendous effort on the part of the blogger is something we'd all like to be able to do.
So I want to hear from you what it is that draws you to a topic rather than the blogger. There are certain bloggers out there whom you visit for who they are and what their relationship is to you, but then there are others who might attract you with some particular topic or by a title.
What is it that lures you in to read a particular blog post? What are must-read topics for you? Is it usually the title that grabs you? The first few lines? Or are your visits mostly random or based on reciprocated visiting?
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