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  •  It was a well-written, interesting diary. (9+ / 0-)

    But I noticed 15 people tipped it, and only 4 of us commented. You do the work, and write good diaries - I'd like to see them get the conversation they deserve.

    I've written diaries that got everyone in them to comment - because I found ripe topics, and arranged them to invite audience participation. But mostly, I'm finishing them up (if I finish them) right up against the deadline, so I don't have them to add a poll or polish off my ending with some good, leading questions. Then I get disappointed - I've done 90% of the work, but only get 50% of the participation I'd hoped for.

    I was surprised, in your diary on sense of place, that you didn't finish up with "What author has really brought a place to life for you, so that you felt you were there?" And last night's diary had a solid last three paragraphs, pinpointing how you felt Houellebecq had betrayed your trust. But no concluding paragraph, opening up the larger theme to audience input.

    I hope I'm not being too rude, criticizing (however constructively) in public. But perhaps others here have good advice for you. Certainly cfk could teach all of us a lot about getting guests in our diaries to engage with the questions we raise, and to add comments of their own.

    I enjoy your work very much, bookgirl. And, really, I should be focussing on doing better and more timely work myself. The best way I can help you is by making it a regular date, to turn up when your diaries appear on Tuesday evening, and comment on them. So, in gratitude for the new and interesting books and ideas you bring to R&BLers, I'll do that :~}

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Wed May 22, 2013 at 06:59:42 PM PDT

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