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The WP Feedback Dilemma

So I was thinking a bit about what keeps us all from posting more frequently on WordPress. Though obviously there are numerous reasons, a couple of basic ideas came to mind…

You know… This is one of the most compelling reasons I started working on Dashter, and it gets forgotten (or more correctly; overlooked) by me so frequently. The bridge between blogging and modern social media seems more related to the time to get a response + engagement than about anything different in messaging. On Twitter, you post a tweet, and either something happens or it doesn’t. In 5 minutes, you’re over it. Essentially the same is true on Facebook… Your “friends” will like or comment on the things that they like or find comment-worthy. The other stuff will just drift in to the abstract. On a blog post – well, for most of us – we click the “Publish” button and then go in to some sort of odd purgatory. We’re banished to the realm of marketing and self promotion. We’re wondering which keyword phrases Google will pick up in 5 months. We’re stuck.

This tweet caught my eye just because it both proved my point; and also happened to be titled something I reasonably agree with. In this case, the author is apparently either (a) planting the seeds for his audience or (b) just wanted to share that he wrote a post. Both are legitimate uses for Twitter. Again, publishing on WordPress is a strange double-edged sword. You’re creating WAY more content, you’re likely articulating a vision or an idea, and you’re able to add rich media elements to amplify your point. But, unlike social channels (which typically don’t let you choose layout & style, don’t let you cross-pollinate media types, and generally have some sort of limitation (either strict or etiquette-driven)), blogging doesn’t provide that fast-feedback mechanism. Creating after-publishing immediate gratification + immediate feedback is kinda a big deal. But it’s so frequently overlooked as a subject of concern in the WP development field.

The Life of Publishing Posts

And then once it’s published; time to wait for it to get read! The waiting never ends.

Ahh, the famous “I’ve forced myself to be compliant with myself” problem. Featured images are a double-edged sword in WordPress. The better WP themes should provide clean support with or without, so you can just get through the writing process.

Thanks for Reading!

Let me know what you think – is WordPress post publishing too arduous?

3 thoughts on The WP Feedback Dilemma

  1. Hi Dave!
    Thanks for featuring my tweet in your blog ;-)
    Creating teasers on Social Media tools like Twitter is actually a great way to promote your content. If you don’t overdo it it builds excitement and when you finally tell people about the published post they will (hopefully) more curious to read and interact.
    As to the images – that’s a personal choice I think. Most of my blog posts start in my head and then I create a featured image before I finally start to write the thoughts that went into the image. I suck at writing good titles but my images (I think) say it all :-)
    check it out http://tweet4ok.com/blog
    Frithjof @Tweet4Ok

  2. I use Dreamweaver all the time for my web site updates. It’s looking long-in-the-tooth but makes it very easy for me to understand how the pages are interconnected with each other.

    Creating a blog post on WordPress has a user interface akin to Windows 95, without its elegance in design.

    Has anyone developed a Mac Based front end for WordPress blog post creation? From time to time I create them in Dreamweaver, then copy and paste to WordPress.

    Ira Serkes

    • Ira,

      I haven’t seen too many offerings of 3rd party publishing tools for WordPress. I’m actually surprised now that you mention it – there’s really not much different between the WordPress publishing environment and the WYSIWYG environment of Dreamweaver (or GoLive or dare-I-say-it Frontpage)…

      Thanks for your comments. I think lots of people end up creating their post content somewhere else (because they prefer other UI’s or feel like their content is more stable or secure) prior to publishing – and then copy / paste. Those steps – in my mind – only reinforce the notion that WordPress is just too heavy compared to the post-writing process that we typically have in mind.