How to write great posts that won't fizzle

Most of us have had this experience. You’ve got a question or a great idea you’d like to share online. You lovingly write this post and share it on your social media or online community platform in anticipation of the praise, adulation, scintillating discussion, and feelings of well being.

But then, nothing happens. Crickets.

Writing a post that’s likely to get responses from others can be a bit like looking into a crystal ball to divine the future. It is impossible to predict how others will respond to what you post.

However, you can keep some of these content suggestions in mind to give you a better chance to get a good response from others.

  • Use a title that describes your post both accurately and creatively
  • Add an image or a video
  • Mention others who you think will be likely to respond (using the @ feature)
  • Ask questions that are open-ended (rather than yes-no)
  • If you want a response, you should ask for it

Follow these formatting suggestions for a better response:

  • Post in the category most likely to get a response
  • Add tags that are appropriate to your topic, making it easier to find your post in search
  • Proofread your work to ensure that it’s understandable
  • Use formatting (like emphasized text or bullets) for emphasis of big ideas and readability
  • Avoid long chunks of text since most of us prefer to skim

In addition to all of the above suggestions, you can go even further by making sure your post matches the tone of the community and subject matter. Does your post elicit an emotion? Does it create curiosity? Does the tone uplift and inspire? These qualities often result in more engaged responses from others in the community.

Do you have a suggestion for getting more engaged conversation from others online? Please respond with your experiences and ideas in the comments.

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Really great, practical advice @Todd - thank you!

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This is such a great post @Todd. I’m a big fan of adding an emoji :smiley: although there are many that I don’t really know how to use e.g. :kissing_cat:
Calling it ‘kissing cat’ take me no further :rofl:

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To be clear, I am in no way an advocate of kissing felines. It seems terribly unhygienic! :rofl:

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Hi again @RDG, I was reading your last post about emojis and it got me curious about the accessibility implications for their use for people who must use screen readers. I thought I’d share this interesting article I found with good advice:

Apparently, we ought to reserve our emojis for the ends of words or sentences, pretty much as you did! (well, in 2 out of 3 times anyhow!) :rofl:

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Haha @Todd I guess one day we will accept emojis are part of language like punctuation? :thinking:

And thanks for that Medium article…I was trying to find a good one on emojis, and that is really it :clap:

I think you are seeing the impact already :rofl:

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@Todd great article! Wonder if this could be a help thread in its own right?

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