I touched on this topic once before in a previous post aptly entitled, "One Way Traffic Jams on the ActiveRain Blogway." It garnered some fairly active response (nearly 200 comments). But with over 36,000 members and growing, it's something that bears repeating.
A 'Strafing Run' was a war-time battle tactic employed by fighter and bomber pilots. It was first initiated in WWI, but was predominantly used during WWII. Pilots would descend rapidly, increasing speed, flying in low, and fire upon typically stationary targets. Once their weapons had been discharged, they would pull up into a quick ascent.
Strafing Run Bloggers. Seems like they're everywhere these days, and not just here in the Rain. You know the type. They fly in quick and low, drop their post 'payload' and fly off into the sunset, never to be heard from again.
I don't know, maybe it's just me, but in order for 'conversational' blogging to actually occur, doesn't it necessitate meaningful dialogue from both sides? I mean, you have the 'writer' and the 'reader,' right? The blog 'writer' takes the time to pen a thought-provoking article to stimulate discussion or debate. Then, along comes the blog 'reader' who also takes time to adequately digest the article and retort with intelligent response.
And then.... <silence>
Where did the writer go? Days, even weeks go by. Was it something I said? Did I have bad blog breath?
You notice that you're not the only commentor who has been adandoned. The thread is a graveyard of one-sided conversations, all victims of the 'Strafing Run Blogger!'
Just a fun, friendly reminder. ENGAGE your readers! Don't leave them hanging. Reward those who have taken valued time out of their day to read something you've written by actually taking active part in the discussion.
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Rich Jacobson is a licensed real estate professional providing knowledgeable empowerment and relentless representation for his clients of residential properties and vacant land throughout all of Kitsap County WA and portions of Pierce, Mason, and Jefferson Counties. You can also find him at KitsapLife.com, SOUNDBITEBLOG and Crabbing in the Hood, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org