Just a couple things I noticed. I like it when people respond to my journals (makes me feel good, and given me who to discuss/argue with). So, it would make sense that I know what makes people respond to them. Problem is, if I actively use them with intent and others recognize this, people are likely to feel like lab rats. Oh well. Most people are.
Anyway, here's what I noticed. Talking about anything other than the Bible must be current events. Just theorizing on a topic may make someone comment if they just happen to be interested, and just happen to be in the mood of commenting, and just happen to have something to say, and just happen to feel like saying it to the poster.
That isn't so with current events. Take something like (/me grins evilly) the Democrats holding up the Republican-controlled Senate. That'll get people rolling. Usually, because it's current events, people are already interested, and, as with the US today, people are always in the mood of regurgitating someone else's comments on the topic, and people believe that their aspect is something that noone else knows, and *must* be said, and they feel like saying it to everyone, especially the poster.
Also, it must be short. The average person seems to get bored quickly. I know I do. I skim through many people's journal entries. If they're long, I don't really read them. Not that they aren't good, they are very likely to be. I just am reluctant to confine myself (that's how it feels) to read something that someone *else* has to say. So, I'm self-centered. I admit it. Though, I don't *have* to read journal entries, so the shorter the better. Unless it's a *really* good topic, or the poster has me enthralled.
State opinions forcefully. Absolutely. I guess I figured out why people think I "push buttons". I may not even mean to. I just am very confident in my opinions. When I mention ideas, I don't seem to get response. It must be that people are not that motivated to enter a discussion, unless they are somewhat offended by the poster's comment. I know that get's me at times.
BTW, And, I like to argue. "Discussions" don't excite me. They put me to sleep. A good challenge to my opinion invigorates me. It's an NTJ thing I guess. Oh well.