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Blatant Post To Encourage Reader Interaction

March 1, 2011

A few things about social media and an upgrade to the blog:

  • As always, be sure to follow RnR_NCSU on Twitter if you haven't already. Honestly, that's where I've been spending way-too-much-time lately and why I don't post here as much. Tweet at me there and I'm liable to tweet back at you.
  • Friend me on Facebook and you'll get the latest content sent straight to your Facebook feed. And if you're already a friend of R&R, do your part to grow the community by reposting the content to your wall. Every impression helps.
  • You may have noticed an upgrade to the comments section. I've decided to install the "Disqus" commenting plugin as I've found it super easy to use on other sites. I figure, why not use it here? If you're already logged into Twitter or Facebook while you're stopping by R&R, all you need to type in your comment…Disqus will take care of the rest. Consider this a friendly reminder: I WANT to hear your reactions to what's posted here. Nothing stings a writer more when a post they feel good about falls flat and generates zero discussion.

    Sidebar: That's why you see folks like Gary Parrish and Gregg Doyel ascend the sports writing ladder while other equally-talented writers are left to languish at the bottom of the well…Parrish and Doyel write to generate comments, meaning they're often targeting passionate fanbases down on their luck with poorly-researched attack pieces. If you don't react, writers—driven by self preservation—will do what they have to to generate traffic. Even if all you have to say is, "Hey, great job," that's something.

  • Spam comments come along with the turf, and I decided to put them to use here: It's a basic Tumblr blog that collects all the "Hey, I love your blog!" spam comments into one handy location. If you're a fellow blogger and feeling kind of down, head here! You'll feel better about your work in no time!
15 Comments leave one →
  1. Raldenjones permalink
    March 1, 2011 6:22 pm

    “Hey, great job!” 🙂

    • James C. permalink*
      March 1, 2011 7:21 pm

      Thanks! Shameless begging for approval works!

  2. mike permalink
    March 1, 2011 10:23 pm

    I’ll play your game. Good Job.

    Seriously, I read the blog often (well, as often as you post) and I usually learn something, so i don’t feel the need to add anything.

    • James C. permalink*
      March 2, 2011 2:11 pm

      Yeah, I could stand to write more. Honestly, folks like Backing The Pack, Pack Pride and Statefansnation do such a good job covering the game-to-game previews and wrap-ups, I’ve tried to focus more on writing in-depth opinion pieces about certain aspects of the State athletic program.

      • packalum08 permalink
        March 2, 2011 7:19 pm

        Find your niche, be awesome, and it will all fall into place.

      • Anonymous permalink*
        March 2, 2011 7:42 pm

        I like it. Put it on a bumper sticker and I’ll take three!


  3. DigDug permalink
    March 1, 2011 10:54 pm


  4. Slackzac permalink
    March 2, 2011 4:25 pm

    i’m not a tweeter, sorry.

    • Anonymous permalink*
      March 2, 2011 4:36 pm

      You a woofer instead?

  5. March 2, 2011 4:59 pm

    I like what you’re puttin’ down. You got a future in this business, kid. /lights cigar

    • Anonymous permalink*
      March 2, 2011 7:44 pm

      I love it when a plan comes together…

      Wait, wrong cigar-smoking meme. nm.

  6. Anonymous permalink
    March 3, 2011 9:18 pm

    I’m a regular reader of this site. But I have to say, that periodic table of the “social” elements is off the charts NERDY!

    But keep up the good work! 😉

    • Anonymous permalink*
      March 4, 2011 1:39 am

      I’m trying to appeal to you chemists out there. Pandering!

      And thank you!

  7. Dafdafdaf permalink
    March 16, 2011 10:46 am

    couldn’t be more wrong about parrish. Parrish got to where he is b/c he broke one of the biggest recruiting scandals ever (Albert Means). He’s usually anything but an attention whore

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