Sentinel Celts has been on the go now for a little over fifteen months,and everyone concerned in setting it up is well pleased at how it has developed during that time. Our viewing figures continue to climb and the standard of debate is often compelling. The “social club” side of things continues to purr-sorry!-along nicely with,for example,some obscure tracks highlighted along with the more familiar ones.
Don’t follow my picks on the Naps competition,mind…
But we are far from perfect. As OGLACH pointed out overnight,our reluctance to moderate is not always a good thing. And there are others,such as was highlighted-presciently-in a mail sent to me yesterday which comprises today’s article.
So right away, I’m not telling anyone off, moaning or issuing edicts about how to behave; but basically, I’m asking what makes one blog ‘good’ while another one’s ‘bad’ ?
The idea for this piece came when seeing a fellow-poster (who often gave stimulating insights) decide to take a break from the blog. A few regulars have also expressed disappointment with the lack of direct interaction on this forum, which made me think even more about the topic.
Prior to coming to SC, I decided to quit another Celtic-minded blog simply because of what I saw as its cliquey-ness (not a word), unspoken ‘pecking order’ and elitism.
(There’d also been the appearance of a couple of personas whose content had gie’d me the boke, but I won’t do character assassinations – it’s subjective and unnecessary).
YET, what do most people join online forums for? Well, according to this survey-
it’s mainly to:
- Interact with others, followed by
- Ask questions and, then,
- Share insights.
So is it the same here; do most of us want Interaction? Engagement: Feedback; Banter; Replies?
To me, seems a lot of Sentinels do share insights (offering personal opinions, basically) but mibby we’re not so good – small groups of connected posters aside – at doing the interaction bit.
(When I first joined, the Mods made me feel welcome so that encouraged me to stay).
As a Celtic fan living remotely from the club’s (and my) homeland, I login for your take and goss on what’s happening. I hope that some folks will find my input relatable AND engaging, and give me some feedback, endorsement or even a mature and reasoned rebuff; that’d be the ideal for me.
I adore Celtic and don’t have many folks around to share my passion with (my poor suffering lady does her patient best). I like fitba banter but don’t get access to it so far from home. Here, people think we’re called The Keltic-Rangers or the Glasgow Keltics (like the Boston mob). Also, I’m not much of a big drinker (not a wowser either) so chat-shouting about football in a pub can be tiring.
You guys/gals are the closest ‘real people’ connection to the club I can readily access. I value when you take the time to offer your take on matters CFC; tho I don’t always agree, its good for me to have that defacto link. This forum sometimes helps with me feeling a bit lonely, too.
For me, it can be very disheartening to put a comment out there that gets nothing but crickets and tumbleweed but, I guess, that the way the cookie crumbles: I know I don’t reply to everyone but I do try to nod to, praise or disagree with comments that resonate or rile.
But is it too much to expect similar engagement effort from fellow fans on a football forum?
Alas, mibby yes. Some other research says the main reason people comment online is to satisfy their entirely selfish needs: Research confirms that for many online commenters, the article is beside the point-
I’m guilty of this too; I sometimes speed-scan the article to see if it relates to what’s going on in my head which I need to blurt out to the void. Note to self…go slow, read the article FIRST Libero!!
I once read that; “The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them, that’s the essence of inhumanity” (Isaac Bashevis Singer).
Would it make the blog the ideal Celtic spot if we keep coming on to make our own point but also interacted with others and asked more questions that asked for others opinions?
Be well, be kind, fellow Sentinels!
Above article by LIBERO,with grateful thanks. You too can voice your opinions as Article of the Day by mailing Mahe.
It’s that simple,and we always publish them. Give it a go,you’ll be addicted in no time!!!