How To Write A Great Topic

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A great topic guarantees higher than avg feedback from the community. Here's a quick tutorial on how to start a great topic on allnurses.com.

by Joe V Joe V (Admin)

Specializes in Programming / Strategist for allnurses. Has 26 years experience.

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How To Write A Great Topic

 STEP 1   Focus On Title

The topic title is IMPORTANT. If you want your topic to stand out you must create a descriptive title. Something that makes the reader take action.

Let's take the following titles found on allnurses... (Yes, these are actual titles found on the site.)

Which titles do you think will get the MOST attention? ("old" vs new)

"I need help!!" or Taking NCLEX soon. I need help!

"So many..." or Many people applying to nursing school

"Finally!" or Got a job! Need Advice

"Any tips?" or Starting IV - Need tips

Do you want feedback? Of course you do. That's why you're here. You're looking for answers.

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)

 STEP 2   Write Engaging Content

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You need to grab the reader in 2 seconds. If your content doesn't grab their attention they move on to the next topic.

To get readers to participate...

  • Add meat to your content. At minimum, you should have 100+ words. The more information you include the better off your are.
  • Personalize the content - Ask questions.
  • Fix grammar and spelling mistakes (Grammarly can help with this)

Do Not...

  • 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.
  • Do not use personal formatting choices such as text color and font choices to entire contents - use only for headings.

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

 STEP 3  Get Involved In The Community

To get the most out of the community, you must get involved. Provide some information about yourself in your Profile. It's OK to be general with this information.

  • Upload An Avatar - It makes you stand out from others
  • Fill Out Your Profile - This humanizes your account (vs just text on the Web)
  • Stay Positive - People are attracted to those who are positive
  • Return the Favor / Provide Support To Others - This will ensure that people will be there when you need them the most.

 STEP 4  Start a Topic...

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

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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.

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Joe V is a 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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30 Comment(s)

Liddle Noodnik

Specializes in Alzheimer's, Geriatrics, Chem. Dep.. Has 30 years experience. 4 Articles; 3,789 Posts

Joe V said:

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.

Joe V

Specializes in Programming / Strategist for allnurses. Has 26 years experience. 10 Articles; 2,059 Posts

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

malestunurse

123 Posts

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

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 12 years experience. 1 Article; 13,949 Posts

Great tips!

Hairstylingnurse

Specializes in Med-surg > LTC > HH >. 343 Posts

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

sirI, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in Education, FP, LNC, Forensics, ED, OB. Has 30 years experience. 18 Articles; 13,611 Posts

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. :)

Hairstylingnurse

Specializes in Med-surg > LTC > HH >. 343 Posts

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!

nursel56

Specializes in Peds/outpatient FP,derm,allergy/private duty. Has 46 years experience. 6,978 Posts

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!

Joe V

Specializes in Programming / Strategist for allnurses. Has 26 years experience. 10 Articles; 2,059 Posts

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.

P_RN, ADN, RN

Specializes in ORTHOPAEDICS-CERTIFIED SINCE 89. Has 30 years experience. 6,011 Posts

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?

babusgirl

7 Posts

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