Hi! This is just for faithful readers who feel like they want my blog to do well. If you just click over here every once in a while and don’t really care about the blog in general, that’s okay, go about your day and don’t worry about this post.
Hello nice people who feel invested in me doing well! I need your help keeping this blog going and making people aware of it because I have a crippling inability to promote myself. Like, at a recent family event I discovered that half my family had no idea that a) I went to grad school for film and b) I had actually finished and gotten my Masters 2 years ago. It’s just, talking about myself is so boring, you know? Because I already know all about myself, I would much rather learn about you!
But, see, the problem with this is that I am spending an average of 6 hours a day working on this blog, and I looooooooooooooooooooove this blog, and I want people to read it. And the more people who read it, the more likely I am to keep going.
Okay, that sounded kind of hostage-taker threatening. I’m not going to stop blogging! Don’t worry about that. But seeing my little viewer numbers tick up encourages me to post more often, and on a variety of topics, and to try to write as well as I possibly can (“well” not meaning grammar and spelling, that’s always going to be a disaster. Unless I get so fabulously successful I can hire a proofreader).
(Shahrukh has good English skills, right? I should hire him to be my proofreader/assistant/intern!)
So, if you want to help with getting those numbers to crawl upwards, here are 5 simple things that you, my readers, can do:
- If you participate in any real life Indian/Indian film community (meet-up group, friendly movie night, a Hindi class, a dance class, just being alive and in India), please mention my blog.
- If you participate in any other online Indian film community, message boards, or other blogs, or podcasts, or youtube channels, please mention and link back to me in your comments. You know, as appropriate, if it is about a movie I have reviewed or anything like that. Heck, if it is appropriate in any online community, if an Indian star or movie comes up in a discussion of video games, and I have something about it in my archives, please link back to me in a comment. (in case you think this doesn’t make a difference, one mention of my Dear Zindagi review on a German language message board got me 120 views in one day)
- Re-blog me! Or re-tweet me or re-post me on Facebook. Or re-snapchat me or whatever else it is that the kids are into these days. Two of my all time best viewing days came from when I was re-posted in a Malayalam group on Facebook, and in a Sridevi fan group.
- Message anything you think is particularly good directly to the people involved. I’ve seen some of you already doing this, re-tweeting something I wrote directly to a director or a star or their fanclub. And I appreciate it and that is a great idea!
- COMMENT!!! My view count goes up per post with every comment. You guys are so smart and wonderful, that I know a lot of readers check the comment feed and will go back to a post any time they see a new comment posted. And, by the way, if you want me to write more posts of a certain kind (Malayalam, Tamil, shot by shot film summaries, etc.), commenting on them is the best way to make that happen.
Gah, I really really hate this! I hate this so much that I just accidentally typed “hat this”. I wish I could just keep quietly sitting in my corner doing good work and waiting to be noticed. But that’s not the way the world works.
I could do some of these things myself, but then I would have to cut down on my blogging time, and there would be fewer posts for you. Plus, it would make me miserable. So I am asking for help. Please don’t feel obligated to do anything, but I will really really appreciate it if you do.
And as a reward for reading this, I will give you some “behind the scenes” info. Currently, I average around a thousand views a day, from 300-400 individual visitors. However, most of those are “drive-bys”. People searching for Spoilers for a certain film, or looking for an image of a movie star. They find the one post they want and never come back again, or look at any other posts.
Maybe 2% of the drive-bys actually like what they find and start exploring the archives. Every day I’ve got at least one person digging around reading obscure posts from over a year ago. And sometimes those people turn into regular readers, I get a new subscriber about every other day.
Right now, I would guess I have about 100 people who read the blog every single day. Which is, like, nothing!!! If I had all of you in a room listening to me give a speech, it would be super impressive. But this is the internet, 100 people is a drop in the bucket. Even expanding it out to the people who just read certain posts or check in once a week, we are still talking about maybe 200 tops.
So the goal of those five things above is to have more of those posts that attract a lot of “drive-bys”, so that some of those drive-bys can be siphoned off and become real readers. And then eventually, maybe 5-10 years from now, I could actually qualify for advertising money and stop running out of money at the end of the month because I spent it all on movie tickets and blog registration fees and soundcloud accounts and so on. And maybe cut down an hour at work, because 8 hours of work and 6 hours of blogging is not easy.