Friday, November 2, 2012

Going Forward

Hey guys,

I know this is a little bit later than I usually write, but I figure it's best if I don't catch people getting off work around 5 when people are primed and ready to be social (that's what you workadays do when you finish the day right, check social networks?).

I wanted to do a little test, as well as give you just a little bit of homework for the next little while. Whether or not you actually go through with it is exactly why I am assigning it. Since most of the feedback I get from people is through actual word of mouth from friends, I am hoping that you guys can do me a small favour to help me out. Here's the motivation for this little experiment:

The feedback I get from this writing is generally positive, though nobody is really going to tell me to my face that my work is crap. That, and there's no dislike button on Facebook. What I want to know though, is how social networks and self-promotion can actually affect traffic to this site. As with all artists (writing is a form of art, right?), all I am looking for is to know that my work is being seen. You don't have to agree with what I'm saying, and the discussions are generally much more entertaining if you have something to disagree with. Here's what I'd like to try...

First, pick a post of mine that you like, your absolute favourite one. For me personally, it is this one 5 Years in my Life, a paste of my thesis acknowledgements section from my masters work. From the numbers Google keeps on page views, statistically your favourite is this one: Back to the Future, a post about Siri and voice control assistants like her. If you don't have one in mind, just pick this post. Anyhow, once you have chosen the best post in your opinion, I would like it if you could click the "Like" button at the bottom of the post. You're welcome to use the +1 button, or the Tweet button if you so choose, but again if I'm going with the numbers, you use Facebook much more than those other networks.


I am simply trying to inform myself about what you would like to read, you are certainly under no obligation to follow the directions above, but I would be very appreciative if you would let me know what I can write about to keep you reading. And of course, if you're feeling particularly smitten with anything you read, I encourage you to share it on the aforementioned social networks, I would love to hear what your friends think about what I have to say.

One final note, if you do like what you are reading, feel free to let me know personally via any of those networks, or by email. me@robattrell.com is a great place to start.

ps. I am thinking about starting both a YouTube channel (topic(s) undecided) or doing regular Google+ hangouts. Thoughts? I'm happy to explain what a Google+ hangout is another day.