Reader Survey

What do you the reader want in the contents of this blog?

Right Wing News founder John Hawkins has stated that a blog needs original content in order to attract and to keep readers. With that bit of advice in mind, I want you the reader to tell us writers just what keeps you returning to Wizbang!

Is it the weekly caption contest? Is it the debates? Is it the politics?

Is there something that you want to see more of? Less of?

Do you want political content only?  Do posts about culture and religion attract you or annoy you?

What topics interest you?  What can we writers add to make this blog more attractive?

Being that we writers are fallible, we can make mistakes in our choices of posts. Last year I attempted to add humor by posting the misadventures of a visitor from another planet.  Being that such posts were not well received, I will not be creating more of them.

So, tell us what you want, what you really, really want.

 

 

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Posted by on January 14, 2012.
Filed under Blogging Matters.
A refugee from Planet Melmac masquerading as a human. Loves cats*. In fair condition. A fixer-upper. Warranty still good. Not necessarily sane.[*Joke in reference to the TV sit-com "Alf", which featured a space alien who liked to eat cats. Disclaimer: No cats were harmed in the writing and posting of this profile.]

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  • JWH

    So, tell us what you want, what you really, really want.

    More 1990s cultural references.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      NOT

    • http://wizbangblog.com/ Baron Von Ottomatic

      I resemble that remark.

  • Laura Mulholland

    Original thought, like what Jay Tea would write. In reading through what the newbies have posted, I like Warner Todd Huston the best, so far.

  • retired.military

    I like it as it is.   You guys are doing a great job.

  • Brucehenry

    Yeah, I got no complaints. This is a great site, and I appreciate the authors being enough of a good sport not to ban me when I piss them off, as I sometimes do.

    And I appreciate the commenters I’ve butted heads with, too.I come here every day, and even when I don’t comment, I usually read the comments on just about every thread. Even the religion ones. And I thought your Melmac stuff was pretty good, David.

    Will miss Jay Tea, though, and hope he returns soon.

    • Mr Kimber

      Bruce you are right you are a PITA ,which is your right, but we agree about JT. I miss his foresight.

      • Mr Kimber

        One more thing Bruce…I mean no insult…It’s not like your unlikeable.

        • Brucehenry

          LOL, thank ya sir.

          • Mr Kimber

            Your like the brother I never wanted   Ya know, there is ONE in every family, However you certinly are not like Steven. He is one angery MF. TTYL

  • http://otisthehand.blogspot.com/ OTIS the hand

    What keeps me coming back: The open forum for discussion. Wizbang is a tolerant place, within reason.

  • ackwired

    I like the reporting on current events.  I also appreciate the opportunity to dialogue with people who see things differently than I do.  When they take the time to explain and justify their views, I usually gain some insight.  I guess I do also when they just attack me. ;-)

  • davidt

    It ain’t broke, no need to fix it.

  • Anon Y. Mous

    I’d like to see a real “Blog View”. That is, one where you don’t have to click “read more” and navigate away from the main page in order to read anything. Keep all the bells and whistles for your default view, but give us relics a real choice to just scroll and read.

    • Grace_ia

      I agree.  It was the one change that had me coming to Wizbang less.  Who knows what gems might be in that particular blog.  Sometimes the brief start just doesn’t do it for me.

      As far as content – I like it all.  Some may not be of interest at first, but getting different viewpoints on all kinds of topics is why I have come here for years.  Politics is great, but all politics all the time would be too depressing.  Love the caption contests and the religion articles.  Eclectic stuff is great.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

    Fewer reader surveys would be a big improvement.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

      (kidding, kidding) . . .

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

      (kidding, kidding) . . .

  • John H

    I am looking for the thoughtful insights you don’t get in the MSM. Often there is a surface story that comes from an MSM source. But the additional information, putting the details into perspective, additional history, etc. is what I look for. I also like to see different ways to illustrate an idea so that you can communicate them to the more causal political observer. Of course the highlight is when you catch the MSM lying by omission or commission. The classic their being Rathergate.

  • Commander_Chico

    I would like Rick to write a post on Tebow this week, how he’s coping with defeat, and what Bible verses were revealed by Brady’s stats.

    Hope Jay Tea comes back.

    In that regard, the site needs more original thought, less talking point of the day posts and less content based on cut-and-paste of chain emails.

    There should be a standing Obama Sucks article to avoid coming up with the post of the day about Michelle grimacing during the National Anthem or whatever.

    This is a pretty good site, I haven’t had this much fun online in awhile.

  • Oysteria

    Get rid of Discus.  I don’t know if it’s got compatibility issues with this site build or if it just sucks.  And since the site was redesigned, it’s slow to load.

    But as far as content – less cut and paste and more original thought.  I like politics, but some human-interest stories would be nice. 

    • http://otisthehand.blogspot.com/ OTIS the hand

      I don’t mind it too much function-wise, but I don’t like the fact that disqus is not searchable. If you want to retrieve a past comment for some reason, it is nearly impossible. That’s a pretty big drawback.

  • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

    I’m here for the people, more than anything else.  Even Bruce and Chico – we might disagree, but they’re pretty agreeable about their disagreement, instead of the angry stuff that Stephen shows.

    It’s the chance to actually discuss stuff, and though Disqus is (at times) a hindrance – anyone else get tired of having ongoing conversations narrowed down to crazy levels? – it does tend to facilitate keeping a discussion going by keeping all the crap in one place, so to speak.It’s your site, but in what you see fit – but if you’re looking to become a super-mega-site with lots’o’comments every minute, I think you’ll lose what’s special about this site – the community.

    • Commander_Chico

      The “narrowing down” seems to be something that can be adjusted – Stars and Stripes also uses Disqus, and their replies appear down-thread with a notation “in reply to ______” at the bottom.

      On the other hand, as you note, some indenting of a discussion is useful, and flame wars are put to death by “squeezing.”

  • Wild_Willie

    Chico’s comments aside (there is a presidential race going on and we have a failed president in office, which makes it near impossible to not be topical) I love Wizbang and have for years. My favorite site bar none. I love the satirical posts, the ‘in your fact’ posts and the information gleaned.

    The comments section is fun and informative. I visit all the time, a few times a day, but I may not comment because someone already made my point so what’s the use. I feel like I alot a friends here that I have known for years. JLawson,Osteria,914, JWH, Rodney and even Brucy is fun but at times purposfully dense. Chico, you’re a guilty pleasure.

    So to answer your questions: No changes. Fine the way it is.

    JT, we love you and miss you. Come back to us soon. No one is as funny, witty, concise and consistant as you have been over the years. Take care of your shit and let us know if you need some help. We’re there man.  ww

  • Par4Course

    I started reading this blog for Jay Tea’s posts – but have kept reading even with Jay away.  The Weekend Caption Contest is occasionally amusing, as are some of the other posts. I like both good original content and brief summaries of content found at other sites that are linked. 

    • Brian_R_Allen

      I started reading this blog for Mister-Tea’s posts — and have kept coming by to see if he’s back, yet??!!

  • fustian24

    I really loathe having to sign in to comment.

  • fustian24

    My feeling is that the articles in the carousel at the top require more work for me to look at so I typically avoid them. 

    But they’re the current ones.

    This seems like a design flaw to me.