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How To Write A Great Topic

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Joe V has 20 years experience and works as a IT Director / Strategist / Developer @ allnurses.

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Here's a quick tutorial on how to start a great topic on allnurses.com. A great topic is 1) Is helpful to you and the community. 2) Is easy to read. 3) Is personal to you. 4) And, has just the right amount of information so that others can provide feedback.

How To Write A Great Topic

A topic contains a title and a message. To make a topic stand out you must create a descriptive title - something that makes the reader take action. Let's take the following as examples...

I need help!!!! vs Taking NCLEX soon. I need help!

So many... vs Many people applying to nursing school

Finally! vs Got a job! Need Advice

Any tips? vs Starting IV - Need tips

Which titles do you think will get attention?

Do you want feedback? Of course you do. That's why you're here. You're looking for answers. And, you want to interact with like-minded people. 

Start A Topic

Topics may only be created by a registered member. If you are not a registered member, you will need to register now. Registration is free!

Before posting a topic we ask that you abide by our Terms of Service. Any topic in violation of our Terms of Service will be removed. This is a waste of your time and ours.

Focus On A Great Title 

Submitting a topic with a bad title will get you 0 replies.

  • Do not use txt/chat speak in title.
  • Do not repeat characters such as ??, !!, or pleeease
  • Do not submit into the wrong section.
  • Do not create duplicate titles/posts across multiple sections.
  • Do not type entirely in capitals as it is considered shouting on the Web.
  • Fix grammar and spelling mistakes (you may use a service such as grammarly.com)

Write Engaging Content

Submitting a topic with little content will get you 0 replies.

  • To maximize the number of replies, your content should have at least 100 words.
  • Ask questions to get the reader to interact with you.
  • Do not use txt/chat speak on your content.
  • Do not create duplicate content across multiple sections.
  • Do not type entirely in capitals as it is considered shouting on the internet.
  • Fix grammar and spelling mistakes (you may use a service such as grammarly.com)
  • Do not use personal formatting choices such as text color and font choices to entire contents - use only for headings.

Other Tips That Will Help Make Your Topic Stand Out...

  • Select an avatar for your account - it makes you stand out from others
  • Be positive - people are attracted to those who are positive
  • Return the favor / provide support ... this will ensure that people will be there when you need them the most

IMPORTANT: Please read the Terms Of Service. We have the right to edit any posts on the site.

How to Start a Topic...

You can start a topic 2 ways...

Visit the section you are interested in and look for the 'Start Topic Now' button. It's usually found at the top of the page with green background color.

Alternatively, you can click the Account link (dropdown menu) found above. Under the Create section, click 'Topic'. This will open a popup to select the forum you want to submit your topic into.

To leave a comment on a topic...

Just click the green 'Reply To This Topic' button. It's usually found at the top of the page.

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Joe V is a web programmer and obstacle racing enthusiast. “It’s gratifying to teach others what you know. At the same time, it’s very satisfying to learn from others.”

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Liddle Noodnik has 30 years experience and works as a "Exploring my options" ;).

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Do not create duplicate Content across multiple sections.

GUILTY!

I guess I just want to be sure everyone sees it that can!

I am also guilty of starting a new topic when it has already been done to death (without having looked to see). I have to remember to do a search of the topic before I post a new one.

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Joe V has 20 years experience and works as a IT Director / Strategist / Developer @ allnurses.

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creating a similar topic is ok - duplicating threads (word for word) doesn't help anyone

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I just wish there was a ban on coloured text and comic sans for body text.

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JustBeachyNurse has 10 years experience as a RN and works as a Nurse.

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Great tips!

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do we really have to be soooo formal??, I come here to relax and learn, let my hair down if you will. :D

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sirI has 30 years experience as a MSN, APRN, NP and works as a FNP/WHNP(E)/Educator/MedLeg Consul.

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And, that's what we want you to do.........relax, learn, and let your hair down. This Article is to help members get the best replies to their new threads. :)

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awesome, i thought we had to make those changes.... i don't think i have enough brain cells left after all the studying i'm doing to keep up with many changes at this point. thanks!

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nursel56 has 25+ years experience and works as a Home health, private duty.

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I think we've struck a pretty good balance between looking professional and being too buttoned up to have fun, and I'm one who likes color. I don't really mind the few people who use Comic Sans and/or a "signature color".

The txt/chat spelling continues to drive me up the wall, especially when a little Terms of Service reminder is right over the very box you are typing your reply in!!!!

Thanks for the tips, Joe!

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Joe V has 20 years experience and works as a IT Director / Strategist / Developer @ allnurses.

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The problem with font colors/type is that we need to consider people with eye problems.

There are many people who are color blind ... many people who have eye problems.

By creating a thread on allnurses.com, we assume that you want to reach the maximum number of readers. You want it exposed to as many people as possible. You want to get many replies.

By following the tips above you are guaranteed to reach the maximum number of readers.

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P_RN has 30 years experience as a BSN, RN and works as a RN-i (RETIRED).

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Thanks for the add-on Joe. I used to be a posting fiend. Then I started having gray-outs in my left eye..well I still had my right. Then my fingers decided to go on strike at the oddest times. THEN my glutes decided sitting the brief time to post was too long. Sometimes the strikes go on for days in tandem, but usually one at a time. This week I'm reading with my right eye and typing one handed with my left. Ain't getting old FUNNNNNNNN?

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I cant find where to find the "start a topic now'.. :(

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