I got two suggestions in my Skribit widget.
“Notepad++ ” by Anonymous. I had already posted on editor itself and extra on using FTP plugin . If you want more Notepad++ exploring from me please suggest specific sub-topic you are interested in. Done. :)
“How do we encourage more people to use the skribit widget? ” by creative hedgehog . Now this one is really tricky because I am struggling with issue for a while. Skribit might be specific service but I start to draw some generalized thoughts on interaction with readers from it.
Nature of issue
Not sure I have it totally figured out but only tiny fraction of readers ask questions. So there are factors that must come together for that to occur.
Asking question is an action that is supposed to benefit reader . But in what way asking question at some blog is better than using search engine or specialized service? It also takes blogger time to produce answer so there is no benefit of speed.
So readers ask questions:
- when they can’t find answer elsewhere;
- when they think blog will provide most complete and useful answer.
The more specific topics blog covers and the more thorough posts are – the higher is probability of visitors with questions.
Question without answer is wasted time. To make commitment of asking question and following blog until it produces answer certain level of trust is needed . Here lies the problem of increased interaction – readers with most trust (community) may consider their questions personal and aim them at blogger instead of blog.
Few times I had seen questions asked by my followers on Twitter … And if they are getting answers from me on Twitter why bother aiming those questions at my blog?
So best blogs for getting questions are probably those where aiming question to blog is either more obvious than (or equals to) aiming question at person behind it. Bright example AskTheAdmin.com – seeing URL alone is enough to get an idea that questions are welcomed there.
Any method of submitting question is fine as long as it is method that reader likes . Skribit is service focused on getting suggestions but that doesn’t mean that communication should be limited to that.
Again those blogs that make communication look obvious and desired are probably more likely to get some questions together with that social interaction.
In my opinion if blog is far from being completely focused on working with questions from the start then it may be hard to add that element later . I am sure struggling with receiving suggestions. Not many of factors are under my control either.
My stance on this is making question option obvious and building trust and confidence that all of questions will receive answers .
Have something to add? Share your opinion in the comments.
To ask? Skribit widget in sidebar (or whatever method you find convenient) would be glad to accept it and pass on to me. :)