In April — Advice from Readers Yea!
The conversation finally occurred on a Sunday last April. I’d been trying to work out why something was happening. It seemed the more I wrote, the less folks were commenting. Then finally someone said something — a lovely compliment — that put words to what I’d been feeling might be the issue. He said.
I used to comment more than I do now, but she writes so completely that I find it difficult to add my thoughts to hers.
That thought led to me writing, An Open Thought: Please Take the Keys, a post where I said . . .
Please Take the Keys
Movie stars have directors. Olympic athletes have coaches. IÃ¢â¬â¢m just a blogger. I have you.
If weÃ¢â¬â¢re talking about customer thinkÃ¢â¬âbrand you and meÃ¢â¬âwhat better case study than this blog itself? You canÃ¢â¬â¢t hurt my feelings talking about my writing. I know itÃ¢â¬â¢s not who I am. IÃ¢â¬â¢d like to know how to get myself off the stage and back into the audience again. Will you tell me what you see? Would you do me that favor? Just say YES.
Sometimes the customer needs to be in the driverÃ¢â¬â¢s seat. Please take the keys.
How will I learn if you donÃ¢â¬â¢t?
And after a few moments of testing the waters. YEA! and Thank you! for everyone who did.
People gave me lots of feedback and great advice. I grew a lot as a blogger that day. Leaving folks room to talk was a big take away for me.
In August — Advice from Liz Uh-Oh
In August when I wrote the post, 10 Reasons Readers DonÃ¢â¬â¢t Leave Comments, I was sure to include that — always leave room for people to comment.
I bring it up here because, I have to say that I’ve found that about half the time it’s bad advice. Some kinds of writing need to be complete. End of story.
So I’m here to say that,
It would be silly to leave out part of a how-to post so that people can add it back in as a comment.
It would be frivolous to drop out a fact from a persuasive argument.
You might not want to omit an event in a retelling of a news story.
The only place I’m sure that you can leave room safely is when you’re writing a list post. I’m sorry I gave you bad advice. I’m a long ways from perfect.
By the way, I’m still doing all I can to get off that stage and back into the chair beside you. I still appreciate any help you have on that. I like being eye-to-eye with people I talk to. It’s friendlier.
The keys to the blog are always there on the sidebar.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
If you think Liz can help with a problem you’re having with your writing, check out the Work with Liz!! page in the sidebar.
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