Last week I wrote about engagement and offered some ways to get things going. Many people are pushing for ways to get more engagement happening on chain. As we know, people who come to a dead site will not want to participate.
Thus, it is up to us to ensure we have "conversations" taking place. Each of us can increase the number of comments we post each week. Presently, we are trying to get the number on Leofinance for the week over 10K. At the same time, we are seeking to do the same for the month of April in @leomarkettalk.
Both of these should be achievable if more people get serious about this. I don't have information on the progress for Leofinance overall but I can say we are on track for the 10K in Leomarkettalk so far. That means we are half through the month and on pace to achieve that end.
Therefore, let us ponder some ways to enhance our comment sections. Overall, much of what we see is text, which is obviously how we convey quality ideas. However, that does not mean we cannot liven things up a bit.
Here are a few ideas:
This is a site that is primarily about finance and cryptocurrency. That means, at least in part, we discuss markets. Here we can see how we can post charts, graphs and other image representation is applicable.
At the same time, this is the Internet. We know that memes are a common way we communicate. This can be in fun or to bring about a serious point.
Regardless of the intention, we can see how this will often open the door for others to comment or reply. The goal is to get people interacting with each other. Anything that stimulates thought and conversation, within the overall confines of the site, is a step forward.
Of course, it is important to add more than just a photo. We do need to add some text to provide context as well as avoiding a comment section full of nothing more than pictures.
One of the suggestion made last week was to make sure that one left a comment on each post/article read. The idea is that since the article was already read, the time put in, why not simply leave a comment to let the author know what you think?
Some cited the fact that it is often difficult to leave a comment since people are often writing about stuff that we do not understand. This is especially true if we want to leave applicable comments about what is posted.
For this reason, when one encounters this, why not leave a question? This is another way to engage the author. If we ask something about the topic of the article, we will achieve two ends:
We might learn something.
We will engage the author and could start a conversation.
Strive To Have Fun
Engagement is suppose to be pleasurable.
Certainly making money and financial topics are serious business. That said, it does not mean we have to be like Professor Barbay (kudos to you if you get the reference).
We can really bring things to another level by having increasing the amount of engagement which people find enjoyable. This does not mean we are to be a bunch of clowns. There is still some serious topics to cover and people are looking to learn.
Nevertheless, we can have fun while engaging to further stimulate the activity.
This is especially true for newer people. They want to participate in things that are enjoyable.
Create Engaging Posts
This is something that really needs to be said.
Let me see if you ever ran across this: you click on a post that has a catchy title only to get find it has a few words and a picture. There is very little to the post, one that is not even worthy of long-form comment.
Of course, we all encountered that. It is rather disappointing when we come across this.
For this reason, it is imperative that we each create either articles or videos that are engaging. We need to provide enough "meat" for others to grasp onto.
If we create our content with the intention of generating comments, we will have a much better chance of receiving them.
The comment section is a great place to communicate with others. We use the term "comment" but that probably is something that shortchanges what we are doing.
For this reason, post with the intention of having a conversation with the other people. This means that we are not posting just a comment and leaving.
Is this possible in every situation? Obviously not. We all have time constraints. However, we certainly can do that on our own posts. Remember, there might be some in the comment section who are genuinely interested in learning about the topic we are covering.
This is something that I just started to do so I thought I would include it.
We are getting some new people here, many who do not have much idea how Leofinance or even Hive works. Thus, those with experience here can really help others along.
For example, if one puts up a short form post, perhaps we can offer up the suggestion to make it a little longer and more engaging if one wants to have more success on Leofinance.
Think back to when we were new. I recall leaving questions and never getting any answers. That was back in the Steem days and I will say there are more people around today who are willing to help.
That said, we are still a bit lax in this area. We have the understanding of how this all works. Therefore, let's take the initiative to offer guidance to tohers.
After all, if we post it in a comment section, perhaps someone else who is new reads it.
Let us focus upon implementing some of these suggestions. Engagement is crucial and the goal is to make this a place where people want to interact.
For that reason, we have to take the initiative to start the process.
I believe if we do some of these things, we will find the comment section being a lot livelier.
Give it a go.
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