What do you think would make anyone want to respond to your discussion?

@Citychic (4078)
United States
August 16, 2009 10:04pm CST
Hello mylotting friends, so what do you think it is about your discussion that you think would make anyone want to respond to it? Also what is it about your discussions that stand out compared to everyone else? Please share here what you are trying to do in order to be different and to get the attention of all mylotters. Thanks an advance for sharing what you are doing in order to make the big bucks here at mylot?
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@fwidman (11515)
• United States
17 Aug 09
When I start a discussion I'm not trying to do anything different, usually. I just start the discussion and see what happens Since there's no real way to tell for sure how many replies you'll get, I just post and wait and see :)
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@Citychic (4078)
• United States
17 Aug 09
Cool, I like that fwidman, you just post, wait and see. I have done that with a great number of my discussions and it seems to be doing pretty well so far. I like to think that I would always have something interesting to discuss but during dry seasons it's a good thing to go over to our friends discussions and see what they've been doing and make contributions, would'nt you agree?
@fwidman (11515)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I do agree. I spend much more time answering discussions than posting my own
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@Citychic (4078)
• United States
18 Aug 09
That's very good fwidman. I'm very proud of you. I am kind of late coming online this evening. So hopefully I haven't missed out on very much. What time do you usually come online and how long do you usually stay? I realize that I have deviated slightly away from my main topic here but I guess that's just how it goes sometimes huh?Anyways have a great night friend and will ttyl!
@wolveren (1569)
• Cebu, Philippines
17 Aug 09
I always thought that a discussion should be really interesting so that others can respond to it. That really is a huge question of what interesting is for a lot of people. I see very ordinary discussions and they get tons of responses. Like some people may not be so interested in a discussion about a cabbage patch in your backyard compared to a discussion about the current events of the whole planet. I personally think it also is because of a member's popularity in the site. I've seen discussions that are really very everyday and yet behold, way past 50 responses. That's really great. There's gotta be some chemistry some of us are missing. hehehe.
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@Citychic (4078)
• United States
17 Aug 09
Thanks for posting Wolf, I appreciate your comment. But rather than discredit anyone by saying that there has gotta be some chemistry that some of us are missing. Why not give everyone the benefit of the doubt by simply stating that it's know how. In other words, almost anyone can be successful and gain loads of responses here at mylot or any other site for that matter if they know what they are doing. You are right, there are some very ordinary discussions here that seem to get loads and loads of comments. So I have to wonder if there is some sort of top secret to it. Which I personally think there is. Learning, studying and having lot of really good friends, are the secret ingredients that I'm pretty much sold on. Now do you want to agree with me on this or would you still rather debate???
@wolveren (1569)
• Cebu, Philippines
17 Aug 09
Hmmm. I don't think discredit is the appropriate word. We don't do that really. Rather we just fire away questions or responses that are not meant to discredit anyone. In a healthy discussion there are debates but we all do hope it doesn't get rough and make other members touchy. Interesting enough and yes I have found techniques that will help a discussion get lots of views and responses. I had started ago a discussion related to this one and to give the member "mdvarghese" some credit for his response, and I will quote him. He said, "There are many reasons to get the attention. I think, it all depends on the selection of the interet, tagging and the way they are presenting." I said to myself yeah that is definitely one way to get some responses. To have your discussion in an interest with lots of people. Of course other factors are involved in it too like how you tag your discussion and how you present it. I guess we all have to be creative enough to get some attention. I know of a friend here who's style of catching attention is with a cocky attitude and it works. hehehe. There are many ways to do it really. That is up to us how to apply it. As for me, I'm stuck with some values good or otherwise that keep me at bay to use some techniques in fear of getting a wrong reaction. It's really not like in the real world where everyone can really see you and what you are doing. Here more of the imagination is at work. If I say something over here, it's not the same if they see me actually saying it so the mind works real hard to personify what I probably look like. Hhehehe. Well that is just a crazy idea I just thought of. And yes to cap it, even before my discussion was fully answered I figured it out that you had to go all the way and find that very technique required to get a certain discussion noticed. Really is not debate here since there are so many factors involved to get some interest. It could be one technique, a combination, a pinch of humor, maybe some scary tactics. The answer is be creative and to find that perfect mix of techniques to go with the discussion. And lastly, yes this requires inspiration as we all know that writing is a form or art. Sometimes we are not really inspired enough so our creativity sometimes are not up to par. Cheers!
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@wolveren (1569)
• Cebu, Philippines
20 Aug 09
No worries! Lolz.
• United States
18 Aug 09
Well, lots of ways to attract MyLotters to respond to the discussion. One, you get money when you post! Two, if you have an interesting title, they might check it out. Three, The topic might be something you like and you would want to post. Four, Be unique on your topic. No one is really pysched about Do you like Chris Brown? or, Doritos or Cheetos? Those aren't really the topics that are interesting that much. you need some topic that can attract the attention, and not bore them just by the title. What am I doing to make money on MyLot? Just posting these posts! Every day, I would go on here for a little bit, I currently have a little over 50 cents so I'm still a long way to go.
@Citychic (4078)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Hello Yourbetteroffasian. I really do appreciate your response. But allow me to interject for just a moment here. The question was, what would be different about your discussion which would make somebody want to respond to it. You answered, 1. you get money when you post. humm??? So because you are getting money then you are saying that money is important enough to you to cause you to create something different, I assume? 2. If you have an interesting title, they might check it out. Okay I can go along with this one. But the might word that you added in is what causes me some concern. Simply because I didn't ask " What might cause people to want to respond to your discussion. Remember I asked, What exactly would would cause someone to respond to your discussion. (I guess I'm asking for specifics here.) 3. The topic might be something you like and you would want to post. Alright, I hear what you are saying here. But there is that "Might" word that you've submitted in there again......... hummm??? I'm kind of scratching my head on this one. So let's move on....So if I happen to write something interesting, then most likely they would respond, right? 4. Be unique on your topic, no one is really pysched about "Do you like Christ Brown?" " Doritos or Cheetos" Now, what if I were a serious Chris Brown fan??? And I was able to speak about Christ Brown from my heart and also if I were able to speak about him in a way whereas everyone stopped what they were doing, just as if EF Hutton were speaking. Then I wonder if Speaking about Chris Brown might be a topic that everyone might want to hear about? Or Doritos, or Cheetos for that matter. Personally I happen to love Cheetos, or at least I did before I started kind of watching what I am eating. So please don't think that I'm trying to be difficult but I don't have a problem with either of the above mentioned topics. Although I'm certainly not everyone but if either of the above was written about in a clever and informative matter. I would have to read about it, so I'm sorry but i will have to contradict you on what you are posting here and just say that I really wish that you would reconsider, or take back your views concerning the above mentioned. While I appreciate you for attempting to give out a good comment, I frankly in disagreement over what you've stated. I'd like to bring your attention to the fact that I'm still rather new here at mylot but I wasn't born yesterday.
• Philippines
18 Aug 09
A certain discussion will get many responses if their topic is interesting, if it doesn't interest them then I don't think they will bother replying on our discussions..But, I am also thinking, some discussions here are not that interesting compared to other discussion but tend to have many responses then the latter..It also depends on the person if s/he wants to reply to that topic, it might be interesting or not, the decision in responding to it is still in the hands of the person reading the discussion..
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@Citychic (4078)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Greetings Stricken43, thank you very much for taking the time to respond to my discussion. One can only assume that you must have felt that it was worthy of your response. So I really do honestly appreciate this. In the final analysis it's always up to the reader to respond because none of us are here mylotting because we have to. We are all here because it's something that we find interesting and something that we want to do. So Keep mylotting my friend, as I'm glad to have you around. Please be sure to add me as friend. So that we can keep in closer communication. Happy mylot!
• Indonesia
17 Aug 09
Well, honestly I don't think about it. I start a discussion if I have something annoyed my mind so I just hope there will be at least one mylotter who will give his/her opinion and help me. Sometimes I get the inspiration for discussion from my daily life and I just feel curious, how mylotters feel or do this things, so I ask. I really don't know about what make my discussion stand or whatever.. I guess the key is my friend. If we have many friends, our discussion will appear in "friend started" sortie and thus we can get response. I try to be as descriptive as I can. I don't know how to make big bucks, I just keep participated here
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@Citychic (4078)
• United States
17 Aug 09
BinGo ChrysanTflower, you've just hit the nail on the head, the key in my opinion, is to have lots and lots of friends here at mylot, that will come to your rescue so to speak when you post a discussion. And if it's good, we know that they are going to leave a good response, particularly if our discussion is descriptive , entertaining, enlightening and or colorful! You are very good at expressing your thoughts, keep up the great work.
@meapas (2434)
• India
17 Aug 09
I only post discussion when I have some worth while topic, otherwise I keep on responding to my friends discussions and keep commenting on the responses. I don't do any tasks.
@Citychic (4078)
• United States
17 Aug 09
Thanks for responding Meapas, your point has been very well taken.
@maezee (32319)
• United States
17 Aug 09
I dont' really know. I think people sometimes answer my discussions because they have an answer to give. Because they were somewhat intrigued and interested in what I was starting the discussion about. I really don't know how we can make them "stand out" except to write original, and thought-provoking questions and hope that that's enough to draw in responders.
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@Citychic (4078)
• United States
17 Aug 09
Okay Maezee, your response has been well taken into consideration and I hope that other mylotters as well as myself will learn from the information you've submitted. Thank you very kindly for it and i hope you have great success here at mylot submitting thought provoking and original content. Wishing you all the best, Keep mylotting!
@thea09 (18324)
• Greece
20 Aug 09
Hi citychick, I'm not looking for a vast number of responses when I post a topic, I'm more interested in the interaction which takes place and the joining in. If I have a serious topic I don't expect much response which is disappointing whereas the more general topics will draw greater responses. What I don't want to see is just a long list of answers as that is not a discussion to me. To work a discussion well you have to be interested in your own topic or else it becomes a chore to respond. It is a pleasure to see friends popping up with their responses. The easiest way to draw attention to your topic is to post an easy one liner which has no thought about it, these will draw lots of responses, but they don't interest me and obviously don't interest the posters as they don't respond back.