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Lighten up to open up

If you want people to comment and participate in your blog/community/forum, it helps to have fun once in a while.

Many people will read your expert information, but they don't feel comfortable commenting on it (because you're the expert).

When you post something silly, fun, wacky, or weird, you give people a change to participate without pressure. 

By far the most comments and re-posts I've received on my blogs/Twitter/Facebook pages are to these:

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  1. Jay Berger February 13, 2009 at 1:00 pm #

    That was alot of fun. But I have to tell you the bagel cutter has it all wrong. Must be at least a third generation American born. Anyone who grew up in a nice Eastern European home would know better and safer ways to cut a bagel!
    But the mug egg is very cool and made me hungry. The only improvement I could see is to use a paper towel instead of that plate to save on the dish washing.
    Let me know if you would like a receipe for Macaroni and Sour Cream. A family specialty that I’m only allowed to make when the wife is away. The beauty of it — besides being very nutritious and delicious — is that it leaves you with only one dirty spoon and a pot to clean!

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