Must read? No thanks, I’ll pass

The point of blogging is to share something with the people who live in the internet.

We are in charge of the topics we choose to share. Choosing what to share is often done with noble intentions. After all, if a list of books, authors, songs or, I don’t know, youtube imfluencer clips appeal to us, and help us in some way, we want to share those with others. If it unleashes creativity for us, makes a poignant impression, incites something that lifts us out of some mental health ailment, it’s only natural to want to share it with others. The hope is that it may impact them similarly as it did you.

If this is the case, then I have some advice for you on what not to do:

    • Create a must read heading
    • Hurl a must see blurb into the social internet

If you do this, I can guarantee that I will immediately refuse to click on that link, tweet, heading, title, clip or whatever other method you choose to share your information with. πŸ˜›

I will also boldly assume that I am not the only one inside the social media streams that behaves this way. I know aloysius5 shares my view, he’s the one who evoked this train of thought. πŸ™‚

A good way to get me to read something, for instance, is to hook me with why I should. Like everyone, time for personal hobbies is precious. There’s only so much time I can dedicate to reading, commenting, creating my own share-worthy material. Telling me to *must read* something above a hyperlink will only ensure that I don’t.

Don’t tell me what I must read.

Instead, find a way to make it enticing for me to want to click that link.

Maybe you read something I wrote in a blog post that makes you think this article you read recently will make an impression on me. So tell me about it. You don’t have to be wordy (like me πŸ˜‰). Show me why you think this is click-worthy.

For example, if I get an email or tweet or comment like this, it will definitely peak my interest:

I recently read a longreads article on blablabla by this author, she touched on a topic you mentioned last week in your blog. I thought I’d share it with you. (enter hyperlink)

I may just take you up on it.

If not immediately, I have a place where I bookmark such things. But I will definitely take note.


19 thoughts on “Must read? No thanks, I’ll pass

  1. A little like Must See TV. Um, I think I’ll pass. Hard to know what will resonate with readers, but as a veteran journalist we never tell people what they should read. We just assign stories to certain pages based on what we think is most newsworthy.

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  2. I get this. I recently told a blogger who was about to read “Daisy Jones & The Six” how fantastic it was and that it was my favorite book of 2019. Well…she hated it. It’s not exactly the same scenario, but close enough. Lesson learned: keep my opinions to myself, at least when it comes to recommendations!

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  3. I agree. Telling me something is a ‘must read’ is a surefire way to convince me to ignore it, and probably everything else that person might post.

    On a related note, one of the things that used to really annoy me about microblogging sites like Twitter is people who post a link and nothing else. Why they think anyone would be willing to click on some random link is beyond me.


  4. Earth Spin shares your view. I go a little farther. If your blog sounds like you are entering into a sales pitch or trying to influence me..I stop reading. If your blog makes me laugh, or just go “wow, that was interesting”, then I will read it to the end.

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  5. I love when someone takes the time to pull out the central idea of a post and add it for intrigue before sharing but I will look at #mustread posts if I know the author and it’s someone I enjoy reading! This is a good practice to adopt sharing with a genuine summary! HNY!

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    1. This is a good point. If you know the author you might be inclined to click. My personal view though is that a good author who understands/respects their audience would take an extra minute to craft something beyond #mustread in the title.

      Happy New Year to you too. πŸ™‚

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  6. Kind of like the in thing to do. Someone assuming that you want to be the popular kid on school meaning you go along for every ride or you rebel to be the cool kid. If you are a follower, this works but who wants to follow…life is short and people love to tell you everything from how to marry, how to live with your husband or partner, how to raise your kids and if you let them, how to enjoy your life according to them. Uh, no. I have never been the “in” kid and I don’t want to try.

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  7. You’ve got a point. Why must I read it? Why shouldn’t I pass up this opportunity? In most cases, I do.
    I wrestle with titles for my blog. No, that isn’t entirely true. I write titles, hit publish, and then worry if my title was captivating enough.
    I used to have a blog called Jack of all hobbies. I thought it was a clever title–implying that I had many hobbies but was master of none. Instead, I had a bunch of people call me jack. Oh well.

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  8. A lot of sex bloggers do an annual roundup type of thing where the compile a list of blogs with a short description about the listing and some comments about the writer. I find this very helpful when looking for stuff to read / information on a particular thing. But a straight out list of links that ‘must’ be read?
    Yeh not something I am interested in.

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  9. Like LA notes, just a way to get you reeled in somewhere and then you find worthless crude or something that is totally not what was even advertised as the topic.
    I don’t do “must reads” either.

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