If the "regulars" weren't interested in sarcastic commentary of an annual weird music contest, or my forays into DIY garden decoration, or completely random photos, or a sort-of blog on Android development, or review of whatever music I'm currently listening to... - they could just unfollow that specific collection, just like anyone else not among my followers could follow just that collection.
I guess coming from Twitter, I feel quite free here to post on any and all of the above. If you want to post a photo collection without having user responses, you could publish it as a panel of one. That’s basically what I did for my Summer Math Chats Schedule. I did activate the Q&A function, so that people could suggest additional chats to include on the schedule, but you could have it turned off with your photo collections.
I also think clear titles for your conversations can help regular consumers of your content to know that it’s something different or something that won’t be of interest. For example, I don’t have an Android phone so your recent Google post the other day is something I could tell, from the title, would be irrelevant to me. I read it anyway, since I enjoy your writing and like to learn stuff, but my point is still valid.
You can also add a consistent warning in the opening of your conversation starters:
“This isn’t my normal fare, so if you’re not already into DIY garden decoration then you may want to pass on reading further.”
Or something similar. I completely get that you can’t unfollow specific conversations within a followed topic. It’s a level of granularity that Cake will probably end up having to add. Especially when the only current option to “unfollow” a conversation is to ignore ALL of the posts of whoever created that conversation.
If Cake added that functionality today, would you be more likely to share these “divergent from the norm” posts?
cc: @Vilen @ChrisJenkins (Yes, I intentionally called out Mr. J based on his insane depth of knowledge of numerous platforms, including Reddit and G+. Would love to get his insights on this. 🙏. But we’ll soldier on if he’s currently indisposed.)