Okay, final wrap up!  Let’s dive in with the

Highlights

Every panelist here creates conversations that are outstanding enough to be recognized on the FEATURED timeline.  When you see their quirky avatar on the left hand side of a timeline, consider it a seal of quality and click on their conversation even if it’s not your usual fare.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much you’ll enjoy them—the quality is THAT high.

Ultimately, if you’ve read this far, you’re someone who aspires to be that consistently excellent.  To be that someone who people are willing to take a chance on with your latest conversation—because you’ve never let them down with your prior ones.

The tips shared today in this workshop will get you several steps closer to that goal, so pay close attention to the key points summarized here AND re-read the original posts for further guidance.

Titles

If you removed all the topics, would I still be able to tell what your conversation is about from just the title?

A title posed as a question will often work, so definitely consider that as a possibility.  But clarity of purpose for your conversation should be the key consideration.

Topics

Before you decide on the topics to add, type in the topic name or a keyword into the Cake search bar.  If there’s only a handful of followers for a topic that you think is appropriate, add it AND find one or two more related topics that are more widely followed.  AND FOLLOW THOSE TOPICS!!!

Conversation Ideas

I would suggest reading @JazliAziz ‘s Anybody can write for a front row seat into the writing mind of a multiple FEATURED conversation contributor.

All of our panelists seemed to share the sentiment that passion for the conversation is paramount.  If your interest is lukewarm it will come across in your posts.

passion + subject matter expertise is the Golden Ticket to high engagement.  

Formatting

Both @ChrisJenkins and @Chris stress the benefits of more deliberate formatting: shorter blocks of text make scrolling easier for smartphone readers.  But don’t be afraid to write 7 or 8 sentence paragraphs if proper flow demands it: just make sure to give your readers an occasional break with shorter paragraphs.

Or even a one sentence paragraph.

Pictures

@JazliAziz argues that a photo or lead image is incredibly important to stand out from the crowd.  I argue that a clearly written title is all you need to obtain meaningful engagement. ⬇️

Title of this workshop challenged

@Felicity challenged the very premise of the workshop: How to get more Responses to your Conversations on Cake.  We shouldn’t be keeping score on the number of responses.

@Denise made the great point that as visual artists, writers and creators, we want to know that our work had a positive impact on readers.  And if someone chooses to give up their time to join in conversation with us, that’s meaningful validation.

Photo Walk conversations

Both @Glenn_Smith and @Denise shared a ton of tips for creating engaging photo conversations that get other users to share their own related work.  @Denise suggested an initial collection of 5 to 10 images so as to not overload your readers.

And so much more

I try to write these highlights from memory, which is imperfect, and there are additional valuable bits of wisdom from @lidja , @Ravi , @Vilen , @edgeoftheplayground and others that I’ve overlooked.

Thank you

Pulling off a panel like this is a huge undertaking that spanned across time zones and countries, including Malaysia, Australia and the United States.  Our panelists put so much time and effort into creating something amazing.

Thank you all for this.