The other day, I was fortunate enough to make the front page of Digg.com. I also made the top of del.icio.us. Somewhere in my mind, I had the vision that this would dramatically change my website. I figured I’d get some awareness, and that this would really build on the community of amazing people who’ve been with me over this last year. I’ve never wanted bodies for bodies’ sake. I’ve wanted more sharp minds for all of us to engage here. I think we’ve seen a few, and I’ve met some new names on the site, but here’s the truth of the numbers:
From before the big day to after, the net effect? Nothing. Neither on my web page directly or subscribers to RSS. Nothing.
Why This Matters, or Doesn’t
My experience tells me this about me and my content: you’re already here. I’m gaining 50-100 new friends a week. And that’s just plenty fine. It means we get to know about each other in a more organic way. And it also tells me that “fake” fast growth doesn’t do much to change my core community.
I feel good about this. It means that tricks don’t matter. Good content matters.
We are at the heart of a social media and social networking revolution. And this might not be a money revolution, but it is most certainly a communications revolution. We’re now able to reach out to people, communicate in a rich fashion, and build stronger relationships using these tools. As such, I’ve found that my conversations here, with you, are pertinent to the revolution. We’re all figuring this out together, right?
So, to Digg’s front page, and any new folks who’ve stuck around, welcome. I’m glad you’re here. And to you who’ve been here for a little while, I’m glad you’re still here and still participating.
And for folks who haven’t said a word on this blog yet? Drop a comment. Peep. Say hi. : )
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