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Aug. 25th, 2006

Last night, horny_oryx told me that I should post in my journal more often.  He said I should post funny things, like jokes overheard by the water cooler, or seeing fat women buy a huge lunch with a diet coke.  I told him the former doesn't happen at my office, and the latter is just mean.  The jokes I usually tell are very, very situational, and aren't funny outside the circumstances under which they're told.  Some people would say the jokes aren't even funny when I tell them, but I think they're just jealous about my ability to come up with a witty joke on a moment's notice.

So, horny_oryx, this post is for you.  And it's a rant.

Most of the Livejournal posts I make only get a few comments.  Sometimes they don't get any.  Occasionally, Keman or I will post something that garners a dozen or so comments - usually either arguments or condolences.

Some people post meaningless drivel, and get a hundred or two comments.  Why?  Are they that popular?  Are we that unpopular?  Or do they just have fanboys because of their particular talents or contributions to "society"?

You tell me, horny_oryx.  After all, this post is for you.

P.S.  Stopped by the clinic on the way to work this morning.  I failed EVERY test they gave me.  :)



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Aug. 25th, 2006 04:00 pm (UTC)
Lame furry drama begets massive amounts of more lame furry drama?
Aug. 25th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
Don't feel bad :P

I almost died and I only got about 8 comments.

Remember, furries = selfish.

Plus I only comment if I feel like I have something worth saying.
Aug. 26th, 2006 09:20 am (UTC)
I feel the same way. When I have something to contribute. I tend to respond.
Aug. 26th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
That's the way it should be.

Otherwise, if someone is required to say something, and they don't have a degree in BS, they get tongue tied and feel awkward.
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Aug. 25th, 2006 04:43 pm (UTC)
Not when it means you don't have any of the things they're testing for. :-D
Aug. 25th, 2006 04:46 pm (UTC)
/.~ Smoke a blunt
Nice and slow
Hold the smoke
Now let it go ~./
Aug. 25th, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
Although, I'm -no- expert on LiveJournal or blogging as I have only been active in it for a few months or so, I have observed that the posts with the large numbers of comments can be attributed to the following types:

  • Humor / Sarcasm

  • Popularity

  • MEME's

  • Political / Religion (satire or serious)

I usually tend to comment more on the above types of posts with the exception to political and religions posts.

I personally despise politics and religion. Some people (who will remain nameless but know who they are) actually post with the intention of provoking negative responses and a flurry of opinions to stir everynone up for their own personal enjoyment. Everyone's opinion varies and they feel they must let everyone else know about it, hence the large number of replies. Although they are popular for large numbers of comments, I choose to ignore them completely.

On the flip side, the following types of posts I regard as low priority and -rarely- comment on (note: none of these are aimed at anyone in particular):

  • Useless information (That's great that you had a ham sandwich at Denny's instead of your usual Club...)

  • Re-posts of web pages/news articles (I can go to CNN.com too!!)

  • Emo / Whining / Bitching posts (Waa waa, okay so get over it and stop telling us about it!)

  • Posts regarding relationships (That's great that your life is awesome/sucks, I'm happy/sad for you.. really!)

My reason for posting to LJ in the first place is not to see how many comments I can get, but I post in hopes that at least someone will get some kind of enjoyment from reading it. I know that if I tell people how my day was at work or tell them about an argument that ferian and I had, I can guarantee I'd be loosing friends rather quickly ;)

PS: Just to show you how much it meant to me to reply to your post, deccadoggy actually text messaged me to notify me about your post just as I was heading out to lunch. I went back into the office and grabbed my laptop and I'm currently sitting in the Harbor Place Mall, using my cell phone for internet to post this comment.

<3 Oryx
Aug. 26th, 2006 02:32 am (UTC)
I see Ferian's journal is rife with content. :) I'd speculate about it being friends-only, except he doesn't seem to have friended anyone either!

So he probably gets even fewer replies, heh.

Blogging is different things to different people. I post events of my life (trips to the store, noteworthy stuff I see, arguments I have, how my work day goes) so that "real" friends can keep in touch. I post politics and religious and "opinion" stuff because I like to vent and I like to hear what other people have to say.

It's still a fairly "young" form of media, so I'm sure it will continue to evolve, and maybe even stratify itself more as time goes on. But meanwhile, when in Rome... :)
Aug. 25th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
I've been trying to figure out the riddle of which posts get large comment threads ever since I've been on El Jay, and I think it's only partly due to popularity, or, as some have suggested, the controversy level of the post. Indeed, lately I've been likely to look at any given political post and either think, "Yeah, I agree with $user and they know it, so there's no point in adding to the chorus of agreement," or, "Yeah, I completely disagree with $user and they know it, and really I'd rather stay friends with them than argue about $issue, so I'm not going to bother."

I don't comment to Keman's posts about "Yeah, so I stripped down the 95-horsepower quadruple-cam twin-flanged whatsit" because I don't speak that language. Not even several years of hanging around with mrcougar, furry gearhead supreme, have clued me in with any certainty to what a "rotor arm" is. I know from TV that a car won't go without one, but otherwise, I got nothin'. Piercings, now, I can talk about for years.

I think, really, there are subtle linguistic cues within a post that either seem to invite comment or don't, but I haven't figured out what they are yet. I promise I'll tell you if I do. In fact, we could then co-write an article and get it published in a peer-reviewed academic journal of... of... something! *blinks over glasses*

Aug. 26th, 2006 02:27 am (UTC)
Hah, yay horny oryx!

I think typical LJ posts "only get a few comments." Also, the fact that you guys sort of pseudo-share a journal doesn't help since I can't tell who's who half the time, and the fact that I barely know you also doesn't help. Probably combined with how every time (I think?) in the last several months that you've posted something in response to one of my posts, it's been negative. ;)

Also, the content needs to be somewhat reply-able, though I don't think that's generally a problem there. I just don't feel connected enough with your collective lives to say much.

So I hope that clears it up, at least as far as my participation is involved! :)
Aug. 29th, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
Not negative!! Just not necessarily agreeing with you. :-P
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