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Making the Daily Paul Sparkle

It is the birth of another year. Soon the days will become noticeably longer; gardeners will begin preparing for the planting season; and, the smell of barbeque will once again emanate from backyards across the nation. To me, the New Year is akin to a clean slate. It provides an opportunity to reflect on recent history and to form a plan aimed at improving the quality of life.

In the Daily Paul, we have at our disposal a very powerful tool whose full potential has yet to be realized. If properly utilized, this website could influence millions of people daily - whether it be through direct viewing or through conversations with others about the content.

Emphasis on the word content is intentional. Quality content is what makes websites such as this more or less successful. Let's resolve to make the Daily Paul sparkle.

To this end and to the realization that what makes the Daily Paul beautiful is genuinely developed user content, I have done some brainstorming for suggestions that may inspire and help to achieve high standards. Your input is welcomed and encouraged.

A few ideas:

  • When you enjoy a post, say so in the comments. While the Front Page is very valuable when one first arrives at the site, attention soon turns to the Active Forum Topics - which is taken to be indicative of where the interest of the audience viewing the site currently resides. Even if a person submits a relevant and well-written post, if it receives no comments, there is a very high probability that it will fall into oblivion. Showing appreciation with comments rather than just upvotes will greatly help keep quality content in view much longer. Please comment on posts that you like - even if it's just to simply say you enjoy or agree with the content.
  • Write about topics that you feel are important and you think others would enjoy. Here are a few general ideas:
    • Personal experiences help to convey your ideas in a way which others can relate. The recent sensation My personal testimony of the Iraq "war" is an excellent example that demonstrates the power of this technique.
    • Writing book reviews and summaries is an excellent way to propagate knowledge and develop beneficial reading habits. For instance, if you haven't yet read these short books, I would be happy to read about what you think of them: Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt; The Law by Frederic Bastiat; War is a Racket by Major General Smedley Butler; and any other book you find interesting.
    • Write about relevant and interesting angles or topics which the MSM ignores. For example, the lack of pro-Snowden coverage in the MSM works to swell the consumption rate of such stories from the alternative media. You too can take advantage of major media organizations' refusal to service certain sectors of the market (like that of liberty lovers).
    • Avoid writing styles that seem to be motivated at inflaming the ire of readers that may disagree. For example, saying "so-and-so group is wrong because of this that or the other" immediately offends the very people that you are trying to convince. One doesn't win too many conversions preaching to the choir. Our goal should be winning hearts and minds, and marginalizing the current beliefs of other individuals works in the opposing direction and tends to create fractures within the Movement.
    • If you possess specialized knowledge on a particular subject, weigh in. For instance, if you are a stock broker and have developed opinions about current market events or future trends, write an op-ed. Sharing the fruits of the expertise you've developed is a great way for others to learn.
    • Keep paragraphs short. Long blocks of text become exceedingly difficult to read - especially on a computer screen.
    • Focus on highlighting key points concisely. Long-winded explanations tend to drastically increase the length of posts. Most users - even if somewhat interested in what you have to say - will shy away from reading a post if they consider it too long.

This post is partly inspired by the Daily Paul 2014 Resolutions Thread and partly by my desire to read high quality content on my favorite website. I hope you share the sentiment.

Please discuss below.

And again, Happy New Year Daily Paulers!



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Well, since you asked;

You've quickly become one of my favorite posters/writers here at DP. Heartfelt thanks for your very informational, intelligent, and positive contributions. You're certainly an asset to the site dwalters! May your/our wishes for the DP and our country come true.

Thanks!

:>)

This post has inspired me to create a 'template' for future book

reviews and recommendations. Watch for it tonight.

Defeat the panda-industrial complex

I am dusk icon. anagram me.

Slaughts31's picture

Well written, sourced, user-generated, content?

check check and check. Excellently presented as well.

I am persuaded to take action.

Excellent post!

What great way to start off the year on a new and improved Daily Paul!

Thank you, dwalters, for laying it all out there for us. Bravo!!!!

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

we need James Cameron!


http://youtu.be/Ol9nTzDnFAE

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

"Can you guys hear the music up there?"

lol

Great points...

...on how we can 'raise the bar' here, as Michael was mentioning earlier.

One thing I'm kicking myself over with my last post was writing it right before a busy holiday road trip with my family which ended up not giving me any chance to respond to the excellent comments and show my appreciation for the participation or to keep the conversation going. That was a bit frustrating to me; so think I'll be careful to time things better in future.

Thanks for the motivation to aim higher in general. :)

In keeping with the spirit of your post,

I would like to say that I enjoyed it. This is a special place.

this is an excellent post, D

You inspire me to want to be a better poster.

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

What a compliment!

I can't wait to read more of your stuff so that I may return the favor.

Good post! some good advice.

Good post! some good advice.

per your suggestion

If I see something (that I like on the DP), say something, and I like this post!

http://lionsofliberty.com/
*Advancing the Ideas of Liberty Daily*

so, in other words

If you see something, say something. Just like the DHS motto! :)

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

Thanks Marc!

I always thought that the immediate application of new information was one of the best ways to remember.

lol

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Dwalters, your post not only

Dwalters, your post not only provided good, general ideas, but also specifics on how to make a contribution to the DP.

I'm glad you reminded writers about the those long, unreadable paragraphs. I think most of us end of skimming them, while trying to figure out what the author was attempting to say.

Your post was informative and easy to read. I think the DP has an opportunity to influence minds, particularly with the 2014 midterm elections coming up. People are desperate and searching for better answers.

Thanks for the suggestions!

I enjoy this post

Your OP is well-written and timely.

Thank you, dwalters.

Thank you, sydpotter!

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Michael Nystrom's picture

Walters, it is as though you read my mind

I had something like this in mind to say, but you have said it much better than me.

I appreciate your sentiments here, and I appreciate your writing and contributions to the site.

The site is indeed underutilized. I vow to do my part as well, to make this place sparkle.

Thank you for the kind words and the good advice. I look forward to seeing what the new year holds for the Daily Paul.

He's the man.

Thanks!

I just hope it has an impact. I like this place and want to see it do well.

Michael Nystrom's picture

It is sparkling today

I think it is having, and will continue to have an impact.

I like this place, and I like the people who like this place, too. There is something special. I do think of us as the Ron Paul class of 2007 / 2012. Most of the people that I know from that era are no longer active in politics. It was like a phase. That makes it sound bad, but I don't mean it in a bad way. It was a period of growth and reflection.

But even though many of us have gone off in our separate ways, there is still something. There is a bond we share, and there is a perspective we share that sets us apart. We're the black sheep. And within that whole group of black sheep, there is an even smaller subset of us that are still here looking, searching, observing, and thinking.

That group isn't very big. I think it would be asking too much for it to be too big. But for those of us who recognize what we are a part of, there is a certain responsibility we hold, and I can see you take it seriously, and you're stepping up to the plate.

jrd talked about the Lost Generation:

Shakespeare and Company. The Lost Generation

I wrote a paper on The Lost Generation in Undergrad. Hemingway, Pound, Fitzgerald, Joyce….The group of writers and cultural icons that felt lost in the years between the great wars. It was one of my favorite papers to write. The center of their culture melting pot was this place called Shakespeare and company. It was an English bookstore in Paris. The only reason I have ever wanted to go to Paris is to see that bookstore. Sure, if I make it there I’ll probably go see the Eiffel Tower and The Louvre, but neither will compare.

I think it is great that they had that bookstore as a place to gather. A place to exchange ideas and gather their thoughts. I shudder to think of what would be of literature had that place not existed. If Sylvia Beach hadn’t even given it a try The Sun Also Rises wouldn’t be permanently etched in my memory as one of the most tragic love stories ever. Puts Romeo and Juliet to shame.

The other cool thing that came of Shakespeare and company is how these authors connected and stayed in touch while they wandered and traveled. They sent each other letters and left writing for each other around the world. So much better than logging on to facebook ‘liking’ someone picture or update and calling that a friendship. The bonds that they made aided in some of them becoming cultural icons. While they didn’t always appreciate each other’s styles (Hemingway and Fitzgerald didn’t see eye to eye on some aspects of writing) their acknowledgment of each other as fellow writers helped build their legendary status in the world of literature.

We are our own Lost Generation. We can, and should do the same for each other. And, we are...

But somehow, we should do it more...

He's the man.

I love the people here

I have to say that I am not an active poster. In fact I rarely log in.
But I am on the site almost every day. One of the first places I check
when I get online.
I would be very sad if this site was not here.
So I will vow to start being a more active member here.
Even if I don't post, I will vote on posts and when I have something
I think is valuable I will post it.

I love the people here, and thanks for bringing this to attention.

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Perhaps we could have a Daily Paul Annual Convention

where everyone could get together and listen to speeches from selected members. Personally, I enjoy public speaking. In addition, a different keynote speaker could be invited each year.

It could last for a few days in a location where ample entertainment is available - such as golfing and an active night life. Funds could be raised through various means such as tickets to a large, catered dinner party, tickets to the keynote address, a lottery for a grand prize, etc.

It would give us all a yearly opportunity/excuse to get together and meet everyone in person. It could be small at first and develop over time.

I know I would be interested in going to something like that.

And here is what the scene would look like after the convention

at the DP Bar!
http://youtu.be/-Fulz4ytZ54

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

I'm an avid karaoke singer and use to do that song

I bet everyone getting together would be a ball!

You'll have to be in charge of karaoke at the convention

Libertarians have the best parties!

"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere".
--Voltaire

It's hard not to be a menace to society when half the population is happy on their knees. - unknown

I'm down...

...

Would be a great time---

yeah!

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value added

nice posit