Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Feedback Time

Conversation levels on swimupstream are extremely low.

Though creating dialogue isn't one of the stated goals of swimupstream - engaging an audience with no-nonsense perspectives and challenging conventional thinking is. On most similar blogs you'll find LOTS of dialogue - 10, 20, 30 comments per post.

We've had 30 comments in the last calendar year. Not even 3 per month. Less than 1 per week.

If we are engaging an audience on a regular basis, we are definitely failing to motivate them to comment.

I haven't consulted the other writers about this (and therefore I have no idea if it troubles them) but it troubles me.

Possible Causes:

1) Nobody likes an opinionated know-it-all. Perhaps, unwittingly, that's what we've created. The social media equivalent of that annoying relative who always tells you how it is.

2) Our posts are so universally agreeable that nobody disagrees enough to write in and tell us we're nuts.

3) Maybe blogs are dying and people just can't be bothered with all the reading, signing in, typing etc.

4) Something else.

The only way to find out is to ask.

Dear Reader,

We'd like to know why you don't ever comment on the things we write.

PLEASE be honest. We can take it.

Click below this post where it says "Post a Comment" and leave us a message.

You will have the option of remaining Anonymous so let us have it! Be critical!

Something we are doing isn't working and I want to know what it is.

Thank you in advance for your input, and thank-you for reading!



MJ said...

This is the spot where you tell us what you think!

Please be honest, and thank you!

Anonymous said...

Remember it can be Anonymous...

See up there?

Anonymous said...

I'm finding too much lecturing and much too little anecdote I can relate to. Particularly on Mondays. Mondays are challenging enough without having to listen to someone rant about training technique. Every now and then a good rant is entertainment but every single week is too much.
I also have the benefit of knowing a few of the authors and find the opinion without first hand knowledge interesting.
It is easy for someone without children to comment on what those with children should be doing. To that advice I say wait until you have children.
Wednesday through Friday is strong content. Keep writing Swimteam and perhaps think about getting a few of the old authors back like Scott Boyle or Neil Purves from the old days.

Anonymous said...

Agree! Too much expiration and not enough inspiration.

Anonymous said...

I enjoy reading the IF blog! I read it every day without fail but don't feel the need to comment. I think the comment and like buttons have become another thing for people who are so inundated with stories, perspectives and opinions that they just want to read and leave without having to do any work. Or it could be there are so many voices and opinions that people are have given up listening to all of them or themselves become the authors?

Anonymous said...

I have long felt that Swimupstream can get a bit too preachy. On the other hand I do tend to agree with a lot of the sentiment.

It can also lack personal touch.

I read mostly because I know almost all of the writers...

Recent changes to the line-up have been welcome. I like Meyrick and Yoshi's style.

I agree with one of the previous commenters about the rants - they get hard to take on a regular basis.

Anonymous said...

I like the rants and particularly the rants with solutions. I can take something from the solutions and make sure i wasn't being "THAT PERSON" :)

Anonymous said...

Also, I like the new authors. In fact I have always liked the fact there wasn't just one author. I would not likely be following today if that was the case:)

MJ said...

This is good folks... keep the comments coming!

If possible, advise what might help you engage more and provide a comment on a post from time to time.

Thanks to everyone so far!

Anonymous said...

I have only recently started reading this blog and I don't know the writers at all. I really enjoy reading the blog and have forwarded it/read it to numerous people who have enjoyed it as well. It amazes me how often it lands in my email on a day when the exact issue described/discussed is applicable to something in my life at that moment. Personally, I haven't found it preachy - exactly the opposite in fact. It has challenged my thinking, which I always enjoy. I never feel like I have to agree, and I have the option of not reading it if I'm not enjoying it. I figure a blog is all about the rants - otherwise why would I read? I'm not interested in a play by play about what someone had for lunch that day! I think there's a good balance between ranting and options for solutions. As far as not commenting, I never realized I could! I always receive and read it in my email, and there's no link back to comment, as far as I know. There probably is - I've just never noticed it. I also like the multiple writer format. Makes for more diversity in the opinions shared.

Anonymous said...

Keep it coming, but yeah, don't get preachy. You can still challenge assumptions and challenge your readers to think without sounding like a know-it-all. I enjoy the blog, keep 'em coming.

MJ said...

If, like a lot of people, you have signed up to get Swimupstream in your email it is easy to link back...

All you need to do is click on the post title and it will open your browser to the blog post where you can comment!

Hope to hear from you soon!