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Threadophobia

Posted 11-17-2007 at 11:53 AM by Doug Nelson (Janitor's Closet)

We have a very good post rate here on the RetouchPRO forums. Above average, actually.

But our thread rate is far below average. Add this to our propensity for threads to wander in and out of topics (see my "not a chatroom" blog entry) and there's really only one conclusion:

Our users are afraid to start new threads. They have threadophobia.

This causes me no end of puzzlement. Even though I score off the charts for introversion, I have absolutely...
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The importance of blogging daily

Posted 11-16-2007 at 10:47 AM by Doug Nelson (Janitor's Closet)

You might be a brilliant, insightful writer, but if someone visits one of your blog posts and sees you rarely post, they aren't going to bookmark or subscribe, no matter how much they enjoyed the single post.

The only reason they'll bookmark or subscribe is if they want to be sure they don't miss your future posts. If the doubt there will be any future posts, why bother?

So you need to post often and regularly. At least a couple of times per week if your posts are longer,...
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The forums aren't a chat room

Posted 11-15-2007 at 07:05 PM by Doug Nelson (Janitor's Closet)

Perhaps not enough forum posters realize (or care) that they aren't just talking to the one or three people that respond back in their thread. No, they're actually talking to thousands of people every day.

Yet they bounce around from topic to topic within a single thread as if they were in their own private chatroom. A serious discussion or solution to a problem shortly devolves into comparing hometowns, which eventually devolves into favorite coffee choices.

Why should...
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Blog Titles (fnarfley)

Posted 11-14-2007 at 07:52 AM by Doug Nelson (Janitor's Closet)
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Give some thought to what each blog entry will be entitled.

Look up at the top of your browser, in the titlebar. You should see "Blog Titles (fnarfley) - RetouchPRO" or something similar.

Search engines give disproportionate importance to the title of any single page. I'll bet you within a few days this page will rank quite highly for "fnarfley".

While I doubt you have any particular interest in fnarfley (most don't), it would help...
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How can you have any pudding...

Posted 11-13-2007 at 04:48 AM by Doug Nelson (Janitor's Closet)

...if you don't eat your meat?

How many blogs do you subscribe to? I thought so.

Just as you have to look at photographs if you plan on making your own, and you need to read novels if you plan on writing one, if you want to blog well you have to read good blogs.

Here are some examples of what I consider good blogs:
  • Rands in Repose - witty and thoughtful musings on nerd life. An excellent example of original writing blog
  • J-Walk Blog - The first
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