Have you ever written a post that just keeps going and going? No, I am not talking about rambling posts that end up 2000 words longer than they should. I have written plenty of those.
Most posts are forgotten within days of being published.
I am talking about a post that still gets visits and maybe even comments months or years after you wrote it. It is really exciting to see people searching for and reading something you had forgotten you even wrote.
I have one post that won’t let me forget I it. It was a lot of fun at the time and has continued to provide fun ever since. I am up to 43 comments on it now (and at least as many on other posts as a result of this one), which is pretty exciting since I usually average less than one comment per thousand views. That is nearly half way to 100 comments on a single post!
What is the significance of 100?
Well, one of my blogging heroes, Brad Shorr, recently achieved a life-long dream of 100 comments on a single post. A post where, at least for now, I have the distinction of having the final word. He hit 100 and kept right on going. We even thought for a while that he was going to hit 500, but the conversation moved on to another post leaving my last comment like a beached boat when the tide goes out. Now his dream has become mine too.
43 going-on 100
My candidate for the 100 comment club has taken on a life of its own. Originally, I was just making fun of someone’s very lame attempt at spam, but after a few days, I discovered how effective the spam was. I recieved, probably 20-30 comments in the first few days but deleted them because they where all asking for something that I did not even claim to be offering. The advertisement I was making fun of offered a free copy of Microsoft Office. You can see my post here. The ad was pretty cheesy and I made it very clear in my post that I was not the one making the offer and that the offer was not legit. It was pretty obvious that had not read the post and I did not want to make them look foolish so I moderated them.
Then it hit me (ok tribe, you know what to do here) that maybe if I leave some of the comments on the post, other people will see them and catch on. So I just left the comments open and added an update at the top of the post telling everyone in no uncertain terms that Microsoft was not going to be giving away copies of Office anytime soon. Then I pointed everyone to OpenOffice which is a free suite of office software.
The comments, just kept coming in.
So I added a second update offering a free copy of OpenOffice to anyone who reads ten posts and comments on their favorite. Undetered, and still without reading the original post, I still have about one person a day who reads ten posts, comments on one, and asks for a free copy of MS Office. I even have the occasional person who will leave comments on ten different posts just for good measure, and prove (if I had any doubt) that they did not read the original post.
This post has been a lot of fun and might just make it to 100 comments! /microsoft-office-2008-for-mac-free.html. What do you think? Was it unclear or too long?