- Polyanna explanation: The readers love my columns so much that they think no comment is necessary.
- Neutral explanation: Economics columns, by their technical nature alone, bring in less comments.
- Readers are just attracted to my cheesy titles; no one reads me.
Monday, October 11, 2010
As I always say, a picture is always better than a thousand words:
HINT: Just have a look at the list of the most popular articles- this is supposed to be all the articles, i.e. news+columns & op-eds.
But one thing that's eating me is the relative lack of comments: Although I manage to squeeze into the Daily News top ten list more often that not, I never get a lot of comments to the articles: That may mean three things:
I know that 1 is not true. It is also true that I manage to come up with eye-catching titles, but I do hope it is 2 rather than 3. Anyway, there are two ways to find out:
First, I could look at other Econ. columnists writing at the Daily News (looking at other papers complicates the picture a lot, as they have different internet viewer types and characteristics). The closest to my style at HDN&ER is Erdogan Alkin, and glancing through his columns, I see that he more or less gets the same number of comments as me. So maybe, it is an economist thing after all...
Or maybe, I should just come up with a boring title next time around and see what happens. Actually, I did that a couple of weeks ago, although unintentionally- I could not find a cheesy title for my column about the impact of Basel III on Turkey, so I just called it Basel III and Turkey. That column has got about 30% more hits than the following two weeks' articles, although the topic itself was arguably rather eye-catching then.
I don't think there is a simple way to resolve my curiosity. But I was feeling a little bit chatty- at least, I've got that out of my system:)...