Q&A: Topics & Activities in Fiction Groups Jul 9, 2018 19:42:10 GMT -5
Post by 😍#f7786b❤ on Jul 9, 2018 19:42:10 GMT -5
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So I received an email from a forum admin, wanting to know what should they do in the event that they've exhausted all niche discussions and need something extra to liven up the conversations on their forum/group. Now, I'm no expert but I do know a thing or two about trying to ramp up conversation. And that's knowing how to have A CONVERSATION!
Here are some of the ways I think admins can boost participation on their forum OUTSIDE of the niche conversations that, I suppose members might be growing bored of.
- Join general discussion groups on Facebook. These groups can provide GOLDEN material for you on your forum or even within your own Facebook group! Even if you're apart of, say, a "The Bold and The Beautiful" soap opera group or an "ILoveCapricorn" astrology group on Facebook, these types of NICHE groups tend to also provide a lot of great general discussion topics & games/activities that you can bring to your forum. Check the group rules to make sure you're not infringing on any copyrights, or even contact the group moderator to let them know that you enjoyed which ever idea that you would like to bring over and offer if they would even like to join!! BUT I wouldn't STEAL... stealing is bad. LOL
- Posting current events. Many people shy away from current event due to its potential CONTROVERSIAL and POLITICAL nature, BUT these are the very topics that are being discussed in general. So why not include these discussions within your group setting? As long as your community is mature enough to handle mature discussions and debates, this should liven things up around the forum a bit.
- Google: "Conversation Starters". This can be inspiration for niche discussions AND general ones. But the idea is to break the obvious ice within your community if you've noticed its began to run dry of the interesting niche topics that called your community to action. These topics will prompt your community to respond to answer the question without much (or with great) thought to the question. Some of my favorite questions are ones that prompts the audience to think about where they will be in X amount of years. Those are fairly thought provoking and it also opens the floor to conversations about occupation, family life, education and hobbies (which could give your inspiration for OTHER topics to discuss). Also, some of the topics can be turned into great FUN activities... which brings me to my last tip,
- Games, Trivia & Fun Activities. No, these are not your average discussion, but they are definitely ways to get your community to participate in an effort to take a break from the niche discussions or probably a heated current events discussion; the objective here is to allow your members to answer freely and be themselves. Trivia is my favorite as it tests your knowledge in a particular subject. All of those subjects of activity can be applied to your niche as well, you may have to tweak the topic and content a bit, but they work and, in my opinion, should always be employed amongst a group setting. People love challenges, this is a tried and true practice that will garner RESULTS! If the activity runs a bit dry, start a new one! But pay attention to what your group wants and responds well to.
These are just SOME ways you can improve discussions and over all participation amongst your community. But always remember, it starts from the top. If you don't start it, it will not get done!
Hopefully, this will help those of you who are struggling to keep the discussions afloat.
What are some ways your niche, fiction (or non-fiction based) forum communicates outside of the niche discussions?