Making the Daily Paul SparkleSubmitted by dwalters on Thu, 01/02/2014 - 17:24
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!