Friday, July 27, 2012

the rise of the closing question

I notice that the closing question has become a common feature of lifestyle posts, as good-hearted bloggers reach out to engage with their readers.


sudden summer outside the kitchen window

"Here's my fabulous sofa!" has given way to the more inclusive "Here's my fabulous sofa! Do you have a fabulous sofa too?"

this year's crop

People now append a solicitous "How is your vegetable garden coming along?" to "Here's a photo of my homecooked, homegrown dinner! I just love vegetables!"  It makes all the difference.


you like my oilcloth, don't you?

What an admirable trend, and how lovely it is to see Blogtopia becoming a kinder, gentler place.


Are you planning to finish all your posts with a question? 

40 comments:

  1. I'm not sure Mise.....Do you think that I should ?????????
    Could you and your readers give me your opinion by commenting on my blog ????????????????

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    1. Would we ever refrain from commenting on your lovely blog, Jacqueline?

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  2. i've said it before and i'll say it again,
    there are no answers ,
    only more questions.

    do you agree?

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    1. Isn't that so true, Elaine; isn't that so true?

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  3. If this question is rhetorical, will you answer it?

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    1. Would you expect me to, Angela?

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  4. I just love the way Mise writes her posts, wouldn't you all agree?

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  5. Hello Mise:
    If there is a blogging trend, then you can be completely sure, dearest Mise, that we shall miss it.

    Rather like what colour is in fashion this season [is it Tango Orange or Salsa Verde for the Autumn?]or what is the latest piece of much coveted technology [is the Walkman still hip?]we shall only be in the ascendency when everyone else has long since confined the item in question to the vintage heap. However, we are saved, are we not, for you, darling Mise,will keep us up to the mark, you will keep us at the cutting edge, you will plough new furrows for us, you will lead and we shall follow. Now, where did you get that charming oilcloth?

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  6. You know I think you are too funny right?

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  7. I can't think of anything clever to write. Can anyone else?

    xo J.

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  8. What was the question? The smell of salt beneath the gentle sea-stroke of the sun in your last photo has me completely distracted. Oh, yes, is the lovely oilcloth in question anchored at the legs because the wind beats a path to your door?

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  9. My closing question has risen, it keeps popping up half way through my posts. Perhaps I will start a trend!

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  10. I wish that I could think of something appropriate to write...

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  11. Yes I am. Are you going to look at the next post to find out how?

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  12. I do love your oilcloth, and the colors of your chairs. I noticed that I've been doing the question thing. I didn't used to, because I don't want people to feel like they have to do any work when they visit my blog. But then I did it and got some really interesting answers. Have you analyzed responses to these questions in the trend you spotted? Do some questions tend to be more genuine than others? (I really do want to know if you ever hear whip-poor-wills.)

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    1. Your questions are as gentle as your lovely self, Jen, and perfectly genuine and suitable.

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  13. Hello Mise

    This week we had the pleasure of meeting an architect of considerable fame. In his book which I am reading he states one of his company's philosophies: Listen, if we listen properly, there will be no questions
    Do you agree?

    Helen xx

    PS Your berry crop is pathetic. Any chance the Irish Government will give you a bail out?

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    1. I like to think of the crop as 'bijou' rather than 'pathetic', Helen, but of course I am only fooling myself. Your comment is unquestionably fine.

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  14. I like to finish with a very silly photo, or a "come back tomorrow and I'll tell you/show you the rest of my adventure/project/whatever!!

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  15. OoOoh Guilty as charged ;P I've done it once or twice.....

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  16. Shit. I totally just did that. Damn you.

    Do you like to curse clever clogs bloggers too?

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    1. Clever clogs bloggers are damnable, Flora. You look very beautiful in that new profile photo of yours.

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  17. Mise, I must say our berry crop is equal in size this year...Next year perhaps?! I live in hope.
    No question (really)...but I love the oilcloth!

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  18. Well Miss Mise I know that I do not like to have to think very hard when reading my friend posts; so I do not pose many questions....

    I am simply completely satisfied that you are my very best friend!

    xoxo
    Karena
    Art by Karena

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  19. Beautiful, colorful, charming, romantic blog. Such a happy occasion to discover you :).

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  20. Actually, I do like your oilcloth.
    How did you know?
    And more to the point, where did you get it?
    And finally, the last question from me for today, will you answer my questions?
    Thank you and good night!! ;)

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    1. I'm glad you like it, Ellie, and it comes from here: http://www.norfolktextiles.co.uk/

      I live to answer your questions. Not everyone's, just yours.

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    2. Thank you for your "Oh so prompt" answers to my questions.
      You maintain high standards obviously!!
      I confess I went running back to my own blog to check if i have ended with a question at any time. I have. But only sometimes. Not sure now if that makes me one of the elite or one of the masses...
      Oh you make me ponder.

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  21. Never mind the questions, although, yes I do like your oilcloth. I'm more worried about your berry crop. How many Bonne Maman jars is this going to fill? By the time pink and blue daughter each sample one tiny little berry, the crop will be almost halved.
    Amanda xx

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  22. If only I'd known about the questions (thank you Mise for directing me to key trends)!Mine would have to be "did that make any sense?" "where are the keys?" "what did I do with that copy of Ideal Home that I wave about?" "yes, that one- why else would I have Ideal Home?"

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  23. AArgh How did I miss this post? - what on earth could I have been doing that was so important?

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  24. Mine would obviously be "Isn't my toddler/garden/cake/cushion just THE BEST?" but doesn't that rather undo the point of the closing question?

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  25. I know - personal bloggers are now adding the 'call to action' but it does make it seem that they care so much about their readers and what they are doing - don't you think?

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  26. Yes, indeed. And it helps to raise a controversial question so that your readers whip to the keyboard in their eagerness to sound off about the issue at hand.

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  27. Smile.

    I will start a trend of leaving a question at the end of every comment I write on question-posing posts.

    Have you seen my hares, Mise? ;-)

    Stephanie

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  28. I don't think I've ever left a question hanging in the air have I?

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  29. You know we're all just increasingly desperate to garner comments? The closing question could just be replaced with, 'please, please say something nice about my post. I feel like I'm shouting into the darkness here and I need a little pat on the back'. But that would be scarily honest.

    Blogging can feel a bit like the playground. It's comforting that there are lots of friendly kids in ours.

    x x x

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