I noticed yesterday that my last blog post, A Homecoming, did not receive as many comments as I am used to. No conversation was started; and no personal experiences were shared. Looking back on the post, I realised that I had not posed a question to my readers as is my usual habit.
It has been my custom, since I began this blog, to end each post with a question. My question aims at encouraging the reader to reflect on what they have read; or to share the connection they find with their own experience and thoughts. At times I ask readers to share a bit of their knowledge; or to share an opinion they have on the topic of my blog post. I pose the question in the hopes that a conversation may be started by the readers so that it is not only my voice that is heard in the post. After all, one of the best experiences of blogging is the conversation that it encourages.
I have found that the responses to my questions have often added value to the post. There have been times when readers have shared a link; or have shared their own experience. At times readers add their own knowledge in a comment thus enriching what myself, and others, will read on the topic under discussion. There have been times when a different dimension is added to the post by a comment that raises a point I had not even thought of.
I have grown to enjoy the responses to my post and the question that I ask. I look forward to reading responses and to finding the gems that I uncover in them. A blog post without a question at the end does not seem to illicit the same number of responses from readers; and does not seem to encourage others to share their thoughts.
I hope not to forget again this important part of my blog post recipe. If I do, my post will be missing an important ingredient.
Do you like to pose questions at the end of your blog posts?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012