The misgivings and uncertainty surrounding this our humble website have all but relegated the ‘Diatribe’ to the fiction pile or worse. It’s not the current issues and hard hitting journalism that was my intent, but has somehow morphed into a ‘National Enquirer’ filled with speculation if not outright lies. Jerry Springer is unapologetic regarding his staged programming and has made a fortune in trailer park drama! He’s a genius in my book. The copy-cat shows that followed are of the same low rent, low brow, toothless red necked, and mind numbing stupidity as Jerry’s show only without the obligatory fight. Opra (old show), Maury, Dr. Phil, Judge Judy, and even Steve Wilkos (Springer’s former enforcer) Show have all to some degree adopted a ‘watch the train wreck’ formula that make up much of day time television. I’m not sure what this says about us collectively as Americans, but if the “shoe fits………”
In thinking how we could make the ‘Diatribe’ better, I immediately remembered something my mother often said to me, “Honey, you’ll never know until you ask?” It’s a simple axiom, yet in my business I’ve met dozens of men and women that never ask; always wondering why they can’t close. So in the spirit of my sainted mother, I’m going to ask: WHAT CAN WE DO TO MAKE THE DIATRIBE MORE INTERESTING?
I emphasized WE in that there is a core group of contributors as well as 200 of you that read this “kidney stone” at least once per week. I average around 3 postings per week some good others not so much, and given my current schedule I can’t see doing more than that. So logging on weekly will keep most readers up to date. What I’m asking of you are suggestions for features (copied or original) that would encourage you to log on daily? Here’s a few ideas I’ve been kicking around so if you can improve upon or add to the list I beg you to do so.
1. Daily Cartoon (copied or original)
2. Quote of the Day (living or dead)
3. Pic of the Day (bizarre or macabre)
4. Political Correctness Gone Haywire
5. Daily Affirmation
6. Contemporary Art
7. Animals (Calm down Cush)
8. Hollywood things
9. Strongly written Obituaries
10. Favorite Song (mp3)
Obviously it would be impossible to maintain 10 separate subjects on a daily basis, but I can see picking a certain day aligned with one of the features so there’s seven daily features that rotate. I realize that even if the above is accomplished, and I’ve not consulted my I.T. guy yet, it doesn’t guarantee the once per week reader will log on more often, but at least the temptation to do so would be in place. Maybe twice per week!
Once the rotation is set, I expect all of you to send content. From the weekly categories there should be at least one or two that interest you. So the next time you find yourself alone getting your ‘freak’ on…. write, cut & paste, copy, or transcribe your content and send it to me for unedited posting.