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When we don’t Write About Topics You want to Read

Filed under: Blogging Matters — DRJ @ 6:47 am

[By DRJ]

Sometimes commenters request that the posters here write on specific topics and sometimes those requests are denied — typically because of time constraints by the blog’s host or, in my case, by a lack of interest in the topic. Commenters have several options when that happens:

1. Leave a brief comment about the topic (with links, if appropriate) on the most recent Breaking News and Off-Topic Links post. I will post a new Breaking News post later today, and I try to post new ones every 4-5 days. A comment may be enough to stimulate discussion if the topic interests people.

2. Write an expanded comment about the topic (also with links) that explains your opinion and other sides on the topic. Why is this important to you, and why should it be important to us? If you have a different take on the topic than what you have read or seen elsewhere, be sure to share and explain that.

3. Submit a guest blog post on the topic (with links and opinions) and send it via email to Patterico for his consideration. Be sure to edit and proofread — something I have done a poor job at recently! — before you send it. I suggest you write it, sleep on it, and read it fresh in a day or two. Does it flow well and can someone not familiar with the topic grasp your point?

Of course, there is no guarantee Patterico will publish what you write if you submit a guest post, but he has used The Jury for guest posts before. I think he is still open to that, plus we all benefit from engaged posters and commenters.


4 Responses to “When we don’t Write About Topics You want to Read”

  1. I like everything you do, DRJ.

    Anyway, it took me a while but I found a link that should interest Haiku and I’ll post it on the links thread.

    nk (dbc370)

  2. Not sure if this partially is directed toward me and my comment about no post on the NYTimes’ 1619 project to help swing an election and promote more hate for whites and capitalism but if so I requested and that’s good enough for me.

    harkin (58d012)

  3. It is about your comment, harkin. I thought about this for a long time yesterday because I want everyone to know their opinions are read, welcomed and valued at this website. It bothered me to think that sometimes people feel ignored, and I posted this to show you and others that there are options to be heard. It may not be everything you want but it is the best I can come up with, and I am open to other ideas.

    DRJ (15874d)

  4. 3 – thanks and no problem at all. I have suggestions and you have priorities, which is as it should be.

    New and repeat suggestions:

    David Koch

    Democratic Socialist Convention

    CA scrubbing arrest records from Kamala Harris’ term as state AG from public viewing

    MS-13 murdering a CA hs student and the school keeping gang connection secret for almost two years.

    Dem senators threatening US Supreme Court over NY gun law.

    harkin (58d012)

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