QotD – Why haven’t you left a comment on One Degree?

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With over 13,000 unique monthly visitors we are a little perplexed. As our readership continues to grow, comments on the blog remain stagnant. Is there a reason why you haven’t commented on articles?

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12 thoughts on “QotD – Why haven’t you left a comment on One Degree?

  1. Glen

    Two reason:
    1) I keep losing my TypeKey identity… and it’s an extra step to worry about.
    2) Your comments section is way below the fold … if it was higher I’d probably remember to leave a comment once in a while.
    3) Your posts are great – I don’t have much to add!

  2. Ken Schafer - One Degree

    I’m not sure “stagnant” is the word I’d use Arieh, more like “pokey”.
    We get maybe 2 or 3 comments a day. Not bad in one sense but I know sites with FAR less traffic than we have who get 20 or 30 a day.
    I’m very curious about whether there is a technical, cultural, or other reason why OUR readers don’t want to engage as they do on other sites.
    Is it us? Are the posts so encyclopedic no comment can be added? 🙂
    Cheers,
    Ken.

  3. Ken Schafer - One Degree

    I keep losing my TypeKey identity… and it’s an extra step to worry about.

    FYI, you don’t have to use TypeKey. You can just fill in the form and submit. You’ll get into the moderated queue that way. After a few posts we add commenters to a list that allows them to post unmoderated. That’s why the signal-to-noise is so high here.

  4. Matt Williams

    I tend to comment on things that I think that I might have some input on. I’m not a marketer and I continue to read because it is a field that I find interesting. The articles are insightful, funny and easy to read for those not in ‘the biz’.

  5. David Pyke

    You never ask us to comment. Your posts are set as news reports and rarely inspire discussions. If you ask us about them, maybe we can offer our two cents.

  6. Oliver Bendzsa

    Perhaps despite being a blogging community and having a mission of being open and connected (one degree away) the collective WE revert to behaviour that is comfortable, i.e. not posting comments. Perhaps more posts like this one will bring us through the change cycle (loss, doubt, discomfort, discovery, understanding, and integration).
    Already you have a number of good suggestions on how to improve some technical barriers, perhaps now we could build suggestions on how to tackle the cultural barriers.
    For example, could we come up with some suggestions / check lists for authors to engage readers and some suggestions for readers on how to post effective comments.
    Another example would be to highlight good comments. One Degree publishes the list of the week’s ten most requested articles. Could it also publish a list of the ten best comments?
    Let me know how WE can help out.

  7. Robert Simon

    Every poster should become a contributor.
    How that happens is your problem, but participation is about rewards, rewards are about rank, rank denotes privilege.
    Everyone loves to be privileged.

  8. Mitch Solway

    “You never ask us to comment. Your posts are set as news reports and rarely inspire discussions. If you ask us about them, maybe we can offer our two cents.”
    I have to agree. Few questions asked or issues discussed. Lots of reporting, tips, ideas and insights but not a lot that inspires discussion.
    I have replied to posts before, but then it just dies…vs getting challenged by someone elses different point of view and then learning from it.
    Most comments see to be of the “couldn’t agree with you more Bob..” variety.
    Inspiring controversy and debate is certainly a good challenge for you.
    Thanks for asking Ken.

  9. Jyotika

    Funny, I was just wondering about the same thing down the block at the AIMS Blog. Comments make this social media thing a two-way street so let’s have more of them. Aren’t us marketers supposed to be chatty? 🙂

  10. Joy Boyson

    Just that time of year — Lots of things starting up again, including OneDegree (& aren’t *you* the ones who Go Fishin’ for 2 weeks over the holidays…??? 🙂

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