Top 5 Best Ways To Ignore Posts

Rusty - June 1, 2010

1) Don’t click on them.

Sorry, that’s all I’ve got. I had “2) don’t push the mouse button when the arrow is hovering above the link that would lead to a post you don’t want to read,” but figured that’s kind of the same thing. I also considered “3) If there is a title of a post that looks like its contents will not be something you are interested in, don’t read it,” which, again, is a little redundant.

Considering the above, I guess my title is a bit deceiving. Sorry. But that leads me to mention the entirely plausible scenario in which you find yourself erroneously reading a post you were fooled into clicking, something like, let’s say a post about Banner of Heaven. What should you do then? Stop reading. Seriously, reading histories of controversies is just too controversial. Besides, you didn’t mean to click on it anyway.

14 Comments »

  1. I spent last night reading your post and Nate Oman’s post from October 2005 on the subject matter. Very interesting, to say the least.

    Comment by Dan — June 1, 2010 @ 8:51 am

  2. Does this technique also work when you see the name of a commenter in a recent comments box, and you know that if he says anything worthwhile it will only be by accident? If you have conducted sufficient experimentation to recommend this practice to me, I may try it.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — June 1, 2010 @ 9:00 am

  3. Yes, but how do you overcome an addiction to clicking on posts that you know full well you should ignore? :)

    Comment by Joseph Smidt — June 1, 2010 @ 9:11 am

  4. Not clicking on a Banner of Heaven post is like not looking at a car wreck. It can’t be done.

    Comment by meems — June 1, 2010 @ 11:10 am

  5. Ardis,
    If you’ll give me a detailed list of those commenters/bloggers, I’d be happy to experiment for you. Unless the list includes myself, in which case my fragile ego would prefer not knowing.

    Comment by Scott B. — June 1, 2010 @ 12:19 pm

  6. Ardis,
    Ah yes, but what beautiful accidents they can be. Like Coke or Post-its.

    Comment by David T. — June 1, 2010 @ 3:17 pm

  7. Since you mention BoH, Rusty, you should tell us how 9M came to be the Washington Post of Bannergate.

    Comment by MCQ — June 1, 2010 @ 4:14 pm

  8. MCQ,
    It’s all in the podcast…

    Comment by Rusty — June 1, 2010 @ 6:00 pm

  9. I knew you were going to say that.

    Comment by MCQ — June 1, 2010 @ 6:12 pm

  10. This post deserves a follow up post titled, “Top 5 Best Ways to ignore comments.” I can think of one way.

    Comment by Eric Russell — June 1, 2010 @ 9:35 pm

  11. I guess my title is a bit deceiving.

    That reminds me of a Blog That Is No More.

    Comment by Peter LLC — June 1, 2010 @ 9:52 pm

  12. The real question is, once you’ve clicked them, how do you un-click them?

    Comment by Syphax — June 2, 2010 @ 10:33 am

  13. I didn’t read that post, or at least the comments. I can’t remember if I read the post. I’m kinda down on blogging lately.

    Comment by Susan M — June 2, 2010 @ 2:08 pm

  14. Repent, Susan!

    Comment by MCQ — June 2, 2010 @ 3:03 pm

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