I need to develop a new kind of post – 2

I’ve been doing my experiments in how to post for quite a while now, first discussing it in this post and this one, back on 19Jan when I started the QuickReaction type posts. So there has been enough time to see some data and draw a tentative conclusion.

These posts reduce reader interest in this blog. I don’t understand (or at least can prove) the mechanism but the data seems to clearly support it. Now the most plausible hypothesis I can form is that multi-topic posts lower my search engine rating. Most of my hits, as probably is true with most blogs, come through search engines (and those readers rarely linger since probably my post isn’t what they want). So this mechanism would explain it.

Now I’ve done two things in my blog, just because I want to, regardless of whether they “work” for increasing appeal to readers.

  1. Rather than create a new post I often add comments to an older post, which means I’m grouping related material together. But less posts (and implicitly also longer posts) is probably a negative in terms of attracting readers.
  2. The multi-topic QuickReaction posts clearly make reading harder (they’re easier for me to write because I write them offline in MSWord and thus I rarely have to be logged into WordPress.com which is a secret activity for me I don’t want to accidentally leave on my screen some day). Some of the QuickReaction individual items could be separate posts, so possibly a better strategy would be to pull those out and make a few posts, leaving the real “short” QuickReactions in an aggregate post. But that is more work.

And one other thing I’m doing in the QuickReaction posts is not worrying very much (not even as much as I might usually do, which isn’t much) about “good writing”, even good mechanics like spell checking or including links. Writing good posts is definitely harder; writing really good posts is even harder still. And that takes more time. It’s probably better for readers, but it means I have a harder time getting posts done. And that’s why I started the QuickReaction series, I was accumulating topics for posts and never having the time to get them done.

So I think I’ll try for some kind of hybrid. One days where I have a little extra time, before just pasting the entire QuickReaction content I’ve accumulated offline as a single post I may pull out some bits as separate posts. And clean them up some (not a lot or I’ll get back in the paralysis of writing). But most days I’ll probably just continue with the aggregate post. Maybe I should try to determine what I think is my most interesting thought in the aggregate post and pull that out. Who knows, but I think I’ll give it a bit of a try.

btw: Using the keywords, ‘wired porn’ and ‘dragon’ didn’t do much, even though those persist as the most common search terms that lead readers here.


About dmill96

old fat (but now getting trim and fit) guy, who used to create software in Silicon Valley (almost before it was called that), who used to go backpacking and bicycling and cross-country skiing and now geodashes, drives AWD in Wyoming, takes pictures, and writes long blog posts and does xizquvjyk.
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4 Responses to I need to develop a new kind of post – 2

  1. Nona says:

    1. I like the QuickReaction posts better as I can refer to article if I am interested in subject.
    2. i am too lazy to look up wired porn, but don’t have a clue as to what that means or entails.
    3. Quit locking yourself up, for whatever reason, take a walk.

    • dmill96 says:

      I like the QR posts as well and I find other bloggers who do that, sorta provide their summary of “news” that they found interesting or had something to say about. But there is some effect (I think it is search engine algorithms) that make those articles less commonly looked at. I find this more interesting than of concern since popularity of this blog is not my goal (it’s more my own “journal” and if that’s at all interesting to others, terrific, otherwise, I’m not trying to get some huge audience. BUT, it doesn’t hurt to at least try, where it’s consistent with my goals, to write in a style that is more attractive to others.)

      The ‘wired porn’ thing is this weird and unexpected result. I wrote one of my social media comments and used that phrase. That post has gotten an unusually large number of hits, all coming from searches. So as it’s commonly claimed the main use of the Internet is finding porn and my non-porn post got attention (didn’t do the person searching much good, not what they expected, I bet). So I tried a trick to see if I could deliberately attract that kind of attention and interestingly the trick didn’t work.

      Hopefully I’ll be following your advice and take lots of walks in just a few days as we’re heading way south (all the way to the Gulf) and hopefully will get out of the cold and snow. I’d hoped to get back to actual bicycling (this is a very poor environment for biking) so maybe I could do some in Wyoming in June, so hopefully after returning from the south it will be spring here and I can get outside. On the vacation walking (and maybe gyms in the lodging) will be my only way to exercise so I’m glad I’ve been doing >2hrs/day so I’ll be able to walk.

  2. Nona says:

    Sorry, that little ole Jewish mother popped out again.

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