The comment section is a nice way to get pushback from our readers, hear what’s working and what’s not. And of course it’s a good place to argue. Constructively, we hope. Here are the most hotly debated posts of 2012, or at least the ones that generated the most discussion:
4) Making Visitors Feel Welcome (But Not Too Welcome) – 15 – Any time you talk about a “feminist, pro-choice, pro-gay hippie who loves Jesus” you’re going to get some comments. That’s why we love Anne Lamott.
3) Churches Reaching Out with Pinterest – 19 – How churches can take advantage of a new social site is another sure fire way to generate discussion.
2) Church Advertising Observations Part 1: Why It Doesn’t Work – 19 – This opening salvo in a two-part series prompted lots of talk about church advertising that sucks.
1) Fighting Over Chicken – 31 – Far and away the most hotly debated post this year was our take on the Chick-Fil-A fiasco.
Oddly enough, the number of comments required to make this list are going steadily down. Only one of these posts would have made last year’s list, it would have squeaked into 2010′s list and wouldn’t have been close to making 2009′s list. So what’s going on?
This is a good discussion for the comments:
- Are people commenting on blogs less frequently in general? Is commenting moving to social media?
- Do we do a poor job of encouraging discussion? (Guilty: It’s usually low on my priority list—I don’t like being the ‘yeah, good idea’ commenter.)
- Are controversial posts what get comments and we’ve had fewer of those lately? (Let’s be honest: We haven’t had a good Rick Warren & Spec Work throw down in a while.)