Shoot, I forgot the donation post for yesterday. Oh well, I think I forgot the promotion post last month, so this is a nice balance.
Yesterday I posted a really interesting (I thought) discussion of Shahrukh’s film roles. As of right now, it has 116 views. That’s not “visitors”, that’s views. So if you read it once, got interrupted, went back, wanted to reread a bit later, saw there was a comment and went in, saw another comment, another, and so on, that means you accounted for multiple views all on your own. Which means that 116 “views” is 12 people in the whole world read that post.
Now, picture a world without DCIB. You have nowhere to turn when you have a question about Indian film, when you are looking for a totally original interpretation, when you want an in depth serious review of every new Hindi movie. If your reaction to that is “eh, doesn’t make much difference to me, there are plenty of other sites that do the same thing, and I’m as smart as Margaret and know as much as her, I don’t need DCIB”, then that’s fine. But if you actually want me to keep writing, you have to show me that, you have to help me reach more people.
Oh right, and also I should tell you if you want to promote me the best ways to do it. And the ways that don’t work at all.
DON’T RETWEET THIS POST. That happens every month, and it is pointless. Who wants to read this post?
DO NOT comment on other sites, podcasts, youtube if all you say is “you should check out DCIB”. The comment will get spam blocked and, possibly, make the site owner think “I hate DCIB and the spammers and will never recommend that site.”
DO comment if you are already reading, watching, listening, and commenting in other communities, and throw in a link back to my blog (it does no good without the link). Especially if you are using my thoughts in your comment.
DO send a message to podcasters, bloggers, whoever else that you read or listen to, saying “I listen/read every week and you really need to get Margaret from DCIB on your show/writing with you”.
DO NOT simply retweet my tweets.
DO tag specific twitter folks you follow in the retweet and direct it to them
DO NOT assume that I am lying and am really doing fine because I write so well and I get mentioned places and so on. I don’t tell lies. When I say only 12 people read a post, only 12 people read that post.
Oh, and most important, DO NOT GIVE ME ADVICE. Every time I put these posts up, I get advice. It’s very nice of you all, but that’s not really the purpose of these posts. I am giving you advice, in my expert opinion as the person who can actually see the stats for the blog, THIS IS WHAT WORKS. All the other stuff that might work great for you, or for other blogs, or for other people, does not work for me.