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A Street Party – A New Innovation, A Result Of Writing Articles
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A Street Party – A New Innovation, A Result Of Writing Articles

As I sit late at night and ponder the future of writing articles, an idea, a new innovation, a name given to some of the commenting. A Street Party, on Street Articles, I love the terminology, Joan's idea, a name for some of the banter that takes place when commenting on an article.

I'm sure, when the Street Article site established, that it was not expected that such a comment flow would occur. A comment on the article, a reply to the comment by the author and a final say by the original commenter. However some articles are of such a standard, that others begin to take over or “high-jack” the comments section.

Is this a bad occurrence? I don't think so, if anything it proves the standard of the article, that so many wish to comment on others comments and on occasions, the author is at a loss of space to add their comments. This sometimes ends in a free for all and becomes most entertaining. With three or four comments following each other, almost like a Face Book conversation.

This to an extent fascinates me, as I, either late going to sleep, yet always an early riser, find comments being placed at odd times of night, when I would expect the commenter fast asleep. When you consider the variety of domiciles that the authors occupy and the different time zones, one realises that you are not alone in your curious sleeping habits. Coffee I realise keeps some awake, and maybe even the chocolate, yet those that expound the healthy habits and exercise are also not creatures of habit.

A Street Party is normally started because of the diverse subjects that the various authors choose, and even a comment “you pen the words I was thinking” shows how these groups of party animals congregate. Naturally not all the group are experts in the fields discussed, in fact some find them most confusing, yet comments by them, followed by comments from others, clarify what the others were saying. But they can also confuse the story more, and this is when the party starts.

Each commenter convinced they can educate the uneducated, and others that understand, spring in to agree with what said and one comment follows another. It is really so enjoyable that on occasions one looks for a subject on which to write, hoping that it will stimulate a similar reaction. Is it proof of a good article? Oh I think so, those that are within the group that follow this type banter, I'm sure will agree with me, if nothing else, it is educational. One's fingers and brain, often in such a haste, that a comment is not read over and some comments point out grammatical errors, although confusing, has one re-check to see ones errors.

The comment, “So I should swallow the teaspoon and then use a hoola hoop to swish it around in the middle??” written in reply to a comment which said “Please do that, but if proven safe for baby use, I think a teaspoon a day might be a healthy idea to combat coffee build up...” The obvious mistake of “taking a teaspoon a day” instead of “taking a teaspoonful a day” becomes enlightening.

The only confusion is the reply that's posted, a “hoola hoop”? Is the person referring to a “Hula hoop”, the plaything consisting of a tubular plastic hoop for swinging around the hips? Who knows, a fast answer to an obvious fault, followed by one made themselves. Enlightening and humour creating.


Street Talk

Another great article Rob, I agree the comments after are usually more amusing than the article themselves. You seem to have the uncanny knack of getting everyone commenting whats your secret? LOL!

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  about 7 years ago

To answer that is quite simple, comment on every article you read, it shows you've read the article and understood the message... and then every now and then, be slightly controversial, it helps to have a following of people that enjoy commenting...

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  about 7 years ago

Good to know, thanks!

  
  about 7 years ago

Rob get ready, i will have the hula hoops on hand, so start practicing now, great article.

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks Alfred a good street party is worth a keeping the hula hoops on hand ...

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  about 7 years ago
Lemuel  

Thanks Rob. You've just wrote one paragraph for me. :) Great party article! Fun to read.

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  about 7 years ago

Its a pleasure Lemuel, don't know which paragraph but glad I could help...lol

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  about 7 years ago

Its party time! :)

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  about 7 years ago

Welcome to the party!!...

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  about 7 years ago

I've never been much good at parties--and I'm relieved to see I missed this one already. You're all far too friendly for my taste--I'm surrounded by much less sensitive folk--bad neighbors, other drivers, workplace nemeses, 'problem' relatives, telemarketers ringing my phone (just to make sure I'm not being allowed to focus on anything for more than a second), and an occasional road-crew using a wood chipper at the end of the driveway. I've grown to avoid people--bad experiences have taught me to lose my once-extroverted personality and become a grumpy pedant. I use to throw parties (my former New Year's Eve parties were legendary) but now I shudder at the mere thought of attending one. I've always been very open in my socializing--but nowadays I think, not just twice, but three times before I tell people I'm an atheist, a strong supporter of feminism, or a writer--there are so many people who strongly disagree with those things that I often just let something go by, rather than engage with some persons who have already, by my criteria, proved themselves block-headed. But I don't know what to do with you bunch! I've never encountered such a large group of intelligent, open-minded, kind and charitable people--my personality has been designed based on the assumption that people are mean and greedy and that a group such as this was something I would never encounter. So please overlook my angrier points of view--they only represent my low assessment of society before I ran into you lot! Thanks for the party, Rob (& Co.)

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  about 7 years ago

Hi Christopher! Glad you're enjoying! Your writing certainly has an outlet here ... and around the web. But... hmm... Yikes! I'm fighting the physical stuff including ptsd/depression myself and sounds like you may be in danger of going there too. Being physically hurt can do that. Here's a something that I've found helps me. And, well, if you're an extrovert you May Need To Get Out And About more so than I do. As in physically go someplace to write? perhaps a offe eshop that has wifi where you don't know anyone since you're surrounded by folks that so much don't fit -- and bring your computer. Or a pad of paper and pens. I suspect you'll naturally perk up your mood by writing somewhere else even if you sit on the side or corner and make sure you don't talk to anyone. I'm an more of an introvert but sometimes even I need the java-jolt so to speak of others buzzing around. blessings,- Cynthia

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks for the thought, Cynthia Ann. Yes, depression is assumed when a HepC patient is put on Interferon treatment--the process is so uncomfortable that they started me on my anti-depressants BEFORE the first dose of the chemo-like medicine. And my neurologigst has me on another, older anti-depressant because it helps block my chronic headaches. But the flip side of that is that I don't trust myself to drive a car to a nice cafe somewhere, and I'm too fatigued to sit up and use a keyboard for even an hour. I try not to bring it up, because nobody wants to hear about discomfort--they don't want their good mood ruined, and I respect that. But I'm truly drained of optimism and ambition--the only time it get to have fun is when I'm writing, so I try my best to keep the writing upbeat.

  
  about 7 years ago

Ah. All the best then...

  
  about 7 years ago
Golfspice  

Good article Rob. Street Talk appears to build a real community spirit on this site, which is refreshing to see.

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  about 7 years ago

it is so Golfspice, a street party on articles seems now to be the norm, it's amazing how it has developed over the last month or two....

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  about 7 years ago

I sometimes think that the comments are more amusing and entertaining than the articles!

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  about 7 years ago

I agree Kim, it can also get confusing deciding which button to use to reply to a comment, specially when the party is on.

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  about 7 years ago

Hehe! That was a party article I loved! Really! I wanted to read something funny! I go with AJ and Synthia in the first place. Heather here is a party herself, one I really enjoyed. I love this game you put up Rob!

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  about 7 years ago

Thank You Maria, a party trick created by Joan, she mentioned the Street Party on Street Articles, and I thought I must write it before Heather, you know what she's like... I agree a party all on her own... but this time I beat her to it and even got her wanting to stick a tongue out at me... can't take her anywhere...

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  about 7 years ago

I know i am having a hard time following her too. Sometimes I think she is even more active than you!!

  
  about 7 years ago

lol... I resisted commenting on every comment I hope you know!!!!

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  about 7 years ago

Ah no, I'm now devastated, please don't tell me I have put the reins on you, that's not how I picture you. At times I think your husband must really love you, as I'm sure like me, he agrees with you just for the peace. An obvious fun side to you that we have unlocked here on SA, within the street parties....

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  about 7 years ago

You better go to the comment upstairs, Maria has you pegged, more active than me... and what was it you said about saying no and not feeling guilt? You are seen through by Maria...

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  about 7 years ago

SOAT. Handy acronym that.... and now Wayne's gone off laughing.... I'm off to bed before I get any more sucked in here. Can you believe I spent my whole evening sorting out my recipe cupboard. I don't know how I can be accused of being here more than you. You're even leaving 2 comments for my one!!!!

  
  about 7 years ago

Very entertaining Rob, made me smile! I have to admit reading a lot of the articles on here has definitely shifted me away from all the 'serious' stuff I usually read. Many of them lift my mood and that can only be a good thing, and I absolutely love your 'I'm just an old fart" comments. I'm convinced you'd make a great party host in real life.

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  about 7 years ago

Thank you Penny, I seem to have joined such a great group and I agree, although I enjoy the serious articles of experts on this site, even they seem to sometimes end in a humour filled conversation. I think if we could all get together, a host would not be necessary, the party would probably end with the neighbours calling the Police to quieten the conversations... Yes it would be wonderful but a pipe dream at best. The way these conversations progress make this old fart a happy chappy, and a smile a day, certainly strengthens the heart, and somehow improves all internal feelings...

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  about 7 years ago

I think so too.

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  about 7 years ago
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