It’s your monthly reminder to “pay” for content by promoting me! And that word-of-mouth is a way more effective method than anything else. Oh, but not if it gets you in trouble for repeating my opinions. And by the way, my Sacred Games reviews are exploding with views, so I am doing spectacular well in views at the moment. But almost no comments, which makes me guess 99.9% of those viewers aren’t really interested in joining the blog community and will be disappearing never to be seen again, so my numbers will drop back down again in a week.
I have the ability to see the general web address that got me clickthroughs, that’s how I know how effective word-of-mouth is (well, word-of-keyboard, I guess, if you type links into a message board), because I can go through to a website and discover the only reference to my site was buried in some comment on a post. I don’t get the exact comment link, so I usually have to dig a little and find the comment that referenced me. And the last few times I have done that, in my digging, I have discovered that people are being mean to you! Because of things I said which you merely repeated or linked back to. That’s horrible! I don’t want people to be mean to you. If you genuinely agree with what I said and want to share it with the world, and are willing to risk blowback for it, then that’s fine. But if you are just sharing because you like me, then I am super grateful, but also you don’t have to keep doing it if it makes people not like you. No need to support me that way, I can handle people not liking me for me, but not not liking you for me, if that makes sense?
With that out of the way, on with my monthly promotion reminder post!
As I said last month, I am looking at this blog as a serious business. I am devoting essentially all of my free time to it, and while I enjoy blogging, I could be doing other things with my free time to build up a writing career instead, so I want to make sure it is worth my doing. And it has been getting seriously off track of where it needs to be to make my time worthwhile.
Things are a wee bit better this month than last month. Partly because I hired a social media person to help with the tediousness of posting the same things over and over and over again to different people and with different hashtags, so I can avoid that time suck and stress. And also largely because Sanju came out and people were excited and interested in reading about it.
However, when I look at my numbers, I can still confirm that my readers retweeting and posting links is the BEST way for me to get new readers. If you are in a Facebook discussion, quote my blog and put up a link back to the original post if you want to refer to me. Or tweet it to people you know on twitter, other fans of the same actor or the same film. Or if you are on another website and they are discussing something relevant, put up a comment with a link back to me.
If every person reading this put up one link to my stuff a month, my views would double. That’s all it takes, and that’s all I am asking in return for the work I put in to provide content for you.
And in return, I will continue providing content as my views continue to grow. And if that doesn’t happen, I will take it as a sign that blogging is not the best use of my time and move on to a different challenge.