Notes from An Alien

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Your Opinion Absolutely Counts ~ Give This A Try

Blogging is a form of Social Media—one of the oldest.


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Sure, it doesn’t Snap, Crackle, and Pop like some platforms but it has great potential for evoking meaningful conversations.

Still, the blogger has to work to craft posts that are worth talking about

Some of my posts generate the beginnings of conversations, some have 4 to 6 comments that don’t really form a conversation, and most have no comments at all

This doesn’t trouble me because I know from various stats that folks are reading what I write.

And, apart from the burning desire to get the words and the story out of the heart and mind, the writer’s greatest hope is to have folks read what’s produced.

Next would come the need to get meaningful feedback.

So, I decided to have a little experiment.

The first part of the experiment was whether you got this far into this post.

Congratulations :-)

Now, I’ll give you links to three articles that have been in my bookmarks waiting for me to figure out how to use them:

Can Fiction Improve Us? Yes, That’s What It’s For

Good English teaching helps students in math

Does Reading a Book Count More Than Listening to One?

O.K., now pick one of those to check out (two if your adventurous).

Go read your article and come back and leave a Comment

If you want to really get into this experiment, really push the boundaries of this blog, try to word your comment in a way that sparks another reader to comment about your comment

If you’ve read this far and are still in an experimental mood, you might want to read a post I did called, Why Do People Comment On Blogs?

It has posts I’ve done that got more than my average comment-count—though, still not what I’d call conversational commenting

Why am I doing this experiment?

To trick you into commenting?


I’m trying to trick you into thinking differently about blogs—thinking of them as a place to start and join in on conversations—make them places that outdo all those snapping, crackly, popping spaces that folks use, so often, to not really talk to each other but merely talk At each other

Naturally, you can avoid those three articles and just comment on what you think of this post’s “experiment” :-)
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5 responses to “Your Opinion Absolutely Counts ~ Give This A Try

  1. penpusherpen March 13, 2014 at 11:23 am

    well, Alexander when you said “congratulations” on making it this far, , I thought you’d put a widget or something so’s I could prove I wuz still here… ;-) … but no, so I had a thunk and decided to leave a comment now….and maybe one later? :-) xx


    • penpusherpen March 13, 2014 at 11:34 am

      me again, My english teachers sheer enthusiasm for his subject awoke in me an interest which serves me to this day, mind you, don’t think it helped with my maths tho’..(MY maths teacher was an aboslute horror, or ….was that what he said abut me? ;-) ) . and I suppose it depends on who’s/how good the voice is… reading the book to you on the third link, I don’t think anyone can replace your own brain, speaking in your mind. intoning rightly where required…. now, where am I? oh yes, commenting, about blogging, ….I do love blogging ..did you know? :-) xPenx


    • Alexander M Zoltai March 13, 2014 at 11:36 am

      Ya know, Pen, I was talking to my Best Friend last night and said I wished I did have a widget to track who read that far :-)

      Do hope you leave another comment later


      • Alexander M Zoltai March 13, 2014 at 11:49 am

        I did know, Pen :-)

        I think I’m with you on hearing a book with your own inner voice—perhaps, after that, a good audio version would add valuable perspective?

        And, I’m not sure about the English helping Maths stuff


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