I’ve noticed that when someone begins a conversation with
“I’m not really seeing any posts that interest me so I’m starting a conversation on X”
it’s usually a Hail Mary pass, a last ditch effort to gain a new place to share a passion.
And most of the time it fails. And the user just ghosts in a month or so.
It’s not unique to Cake. I’ve seen it on Mastodon, I’ve seen it on subreddits, and I’ve seen it on other forums going back to BBSs.
There are ways to increase the success of that last ditch effort, whether it’s on Cake or any other platform. I don’t claim to have all the secrets. Or even the best secrets. But I wanted to share some basic tips that might be helpful.
Why should people care that you’re leaving?
I was going to title this section, “No one cares that you're leaving,” but that seems too harsh. It’s important to share why you’re so passionate about this topic that no one else (apparently) is. Do you have extensive knowledge, been an enthusiast for decades, do monthly clinics on your passion? This is incredibly important because you are going to be the one creating new conversations for quite awhile. And the greater your connection to the topic the higher the potential for quality conversations.
Make your content accessible to newbies
I have no real interest in motorcycles, but @Chris writes engaging posts on riding that draws in both enthusiasts and nons.
Who knows? You may convert someone into an enthusiast with engaging content like that.
It might even help to occasionally provide a tutorial or Q&A on some aspect of your passion, such as the How and Why of the Magic card game if gaming is your niche.
It takes more than one “last ditch effort”
I mentioned above that you should expect to be the only one writing new conversations on your passion. It will always require effort to start, grow and maintain conversations on a niche passion. And it will be extremely frustrating when a great conversation starter doesn’t take off. But the reality is that you only need four or five regulars, who are interested in your topic, to create a multitude of enjoyable conversations.
So to summarize, share why you’re passionate, make your topic accessible to prospective enthusiasts, and don’t ghost after only one last ditch effort.