Anatomy of a Killer Post

Posted by khalling 5 years, 1 month ago to Education
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Dear fellow Gulchers:
Often I get PMs asking about posting. Comments range anywhere from "I'm not sure how to do that" to "my posts will never get as many views as yours." I have enjoyed many high traffic posts in my 2 years in the Gulch, and thought it would be fun to discuss what makes an excellent one.

1. It does NOT have to be about Objectivism or Ayn Rand and we very much enjoy humor. Here is a great example of a post that was simply Mayo vs Mustard:

2: There is a myth that newbies can't break in with a Gold post right off the bat. This is simply not the case. Here are a few examples.
This post incorporated the ideas of Atlas Shrugged and challenged them. It brought in a TON of comments and got Gulchers who don't participate, in general, to join in the discussion.
Here is another "newbie" who hit it off with one of her very first posts:
and another one:

3. Gulchers like science. They just do. They also LOVE science fiction, especially if you mix in some Objectivism.

4. Gulchers LOVE politics. But they also want you to ask them a question about it. While we love hearing the latest in political news, we also want a discussion. If you can tie it to Rand or Objectivism, even BETTER.

5. The posts that go wild are well tended. That's just a fact. If you start a discussion, stick with us. We want to know that you appreciate our ideas and we also want you to support your thesis if you make one. Some threads within the post will take on a life of their own ,so to speak, and you will find other gulchers tending those threads. Let them. As well, until we have another system for liking comments, give your commenters points! Here are a couple of examples of posts created by Producers jbrenner and non_mooching artist. Both of them are particularly skilled at encouraging their audience to keep the discussion going and their enthusiasm is infectious.

6: I can guarantee you that all of these posts made the Daily Digest. Anyone has a shot at it. Bring discussion, get some points for your post and you have a shot. Remember, admin want to see discussions- It is the most important purpose of the forum. Lots of interesting discussions bring people to the site. One more time: discussion. :)

If you haven't seen some of these posts before, dive in and comment. Great posts never die here in the Gulch. OK, dust off your ideas and post!

P.S. Thanks awebb and jbaker for helping me find some of these posts!
[edited to add cute cartoon]

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  • Posted by $ AJAshinoff 4 years, 1 month ago
    Wow, so many familiar names in many of those posts. So many interesting posts/discussions I recall were not represented, the trouble with so much content. Kind of depressing that most are not longer here or, like me, a lot less active.

    Good post.
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    • Posted by 4 years, 1 month ago
      do your own! I'm sure admin will help you find relevant content that you want. after all, you are an advertiser and a producer. I miss our banter in here too :(
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  • Posted by JCLanier 5 years, 1 month ago
    K: Thorough and well documented...
    This will be useful for many- "Posting 101".
    I have yet to "Post" (except for a "Best of"), it takes a lot of time just to read, think and respond to the many excellent posts here in the Gulch.
    Being on the road and out of the country often does curtail this initiative.

    Thank you K and the many others that do such an excellent job in posting which makes the Gulch a prime place to rendezvous -for learning, sharing and conceptualizing.
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  • Posted by Herb7734 4 years, 1 month ago
    "Throw enough s**t on the wall and some of it is bound to stick." I'm not sure I get it, but I like it. I have submitted trivial content for discussion and the the response blew me away. I have had mixed reception with more serious discussion. And...some topics which I thought were important or timely or humorous, never got presented to the Gulch. It doesn't stop me from throwing that stuff on the wall. Even if it only amuses me in some cases or gets me to express myself even if no one sees it. Besides, if the Gulch doesn't accept my posts, other forums usually do. Sorry if you miss some of my erudition. In any case, the Gulch is and will be my first choice. I have gotten more education (recent fiber optics discussion) and fun from the Gulch than any other site.
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  • Posted by $ allosaur 5 years, 1 month ago
    There is a board I used to visit a lost.
    What I am posting here was there called a post.
    What I am posting on--what k created--was called a thread.
    You could say "Picky, picky, picky" as did Pat Paulsen on The Smothers Brothers Show just before I got drafted--but there you have it.


    (Psst, I edited in the above link after I posted my post and may have stumbled upon an alternative candidate for Bush vrs Billary)
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  • Posted by Zenphamy 5 years, 1 month ago
    Just read the mayo post. Before my time, but there's a lot of members on there I've never encountered. Wonder where? Not Wonder bread.
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    • Posted by 5 years, 1 month ago
      here's my Wonderbread story. I was part of christian group as a teen. actually, while a part of that group I learned an important concept: de-humanization. I owe my pastor for awakening me to such a concept. anyway-we took a trip to St Louis to visit 6 Flags. I don't even want to explore all six of those flags, but at the time I ignored that abut jumped into rides, which I suck at. I can throw up if you look at me funny. so I did the roller coaster and luckily, the Wonderbread booth was near by. they made these cute little loaves. my friends bought me several and I slowly munched on them to regain equilibrium GAH!
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      • Posted by Zenphamy 5 years, 1 month ago
        Not really a Wonderbread story, I grew up on home-baked bread. But your carnival type rides reminded me- the little town I grew up in was only big enough to have one town drunk and everyone with an interest in that aspect of humanity had to share him. Each church congregation that had revivals would kidnap him, take him to their revival tent, wigwam, or leanto, sober him up for a few days, feed him, and give him a chance at a bath, and some new clothes then use him to demonstrate the power of god. When they packed up, he took his newly gained health and clothes straight to the local moonshine supplier and resumed his life as before.

        When it came time for the kids (us) to need him, we took him to the local carnival and put him on the ferris wheel, drunk enough to zone out whenever he sat down, paid the operator $5 to stop the wheel when the drunk's chair was at the top. It made the chair swing back and forth and woke him up. When he looked out and down, the natural happened and he upchucked for a large radius around the base of the wheel as well as several of the wheel's chairs below him. It was truly epic.
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