Thank You For Clicking! Part Four: New Reality Show To Feature Laid-Off Bankers, Lawyers
November 24, 2009
by Ellen Brandt, Ph.D.
How have you attracted viewers to your on-line blogs and articles? Please add your solo to our cacophony of voices.
Don’t be shy! Sing out how you feel about the topics broached in our “Thank You For Clicking!” series and the Faux Tabloid Headlines experiment which preceded it.
For instance, 1) Compared to strategies used in traditional “print,” do you have to be especially aggressive or clever or cagey to attract viewers to your on-line blogs, articles, and other sites? Why or why not?
2) Has a shocking, surprising, or tabloid-like headline ever gotten good results for you on-line? Tell us about it.
3) What other techniques have you used to attract more “clickers” to your blogs, articles, and other Internet sites? Which have been most and least successful?
4) Why do some disparage the real skills – and real talent and creativity – of tabloid journalists? Shouldn’t good journalists – whatever niche they favor – strive to learn from one another and be supportive of the choices other journalists have made?
5) Is there truly a divide between “serious” journalism and tabloid journalism, or are both just parts of the full spectrum of journalistic endeavors?
6) For that matter, shouldn’t all writers strive to participate in as many different genres as possible, working to reach and provoke as many different audiences as possible? In this Brave New World of media transition and flux, isn’t this kind of versatility not only valuable, but possibly essential?