Last week when I spoke at the Penelope Lane conference, someone asked what is more important, comments or page views. Without hesitation I replied “page views.” And for the most part, that is absolutely true. I went on to tell her that when you’re applying for paid campaigns or trying to get into an ad network, or trying to get sponsors, they never ask how many comments you get per post, but how many page views. I continued to say that it used to really bother me that the posts I worked the hardest on were my DIY tutorials, and yet they always got the least amount of comments, but when I wrote about silly things like zombies, readers I’d never heard from came out in droves. Yet my tutorials are what in many ways carry my stats. So now I’ve just learned to let it go and be happy with the few comments I get and instead be happy with how many pins I get.
But then the other day I read this post, about Internet Manners. You may have already read it, as I posted it on my FTLO Facebook wall. It’s a great read and it reminded me that you k now what, my tutorials are important to me. I put my heart into each one and they take hours from start to finish. Between planning, buying supplies, doing the tutorial, taking pictures, then editing pictures and writing the post, I can easily spend 4-5 hours on a single DIY tutorial. Take yesterday’s pumpkin tutorial for instance. Between going to the store, decorating, styling the shoot and editing the hundred photos I took, I worked on it for a good 4 hours easily.
I have 2 comments on that post, and it’s been pinned over 100 times. Seriously? The point of the article is to stop and say thank you. Take the time to visit the site from Pinterest and say “hey, this is cool, I’m gonna make it!” Of course some of us do this, but let’s be honest, the vast majority of us don’t. I too am guilty of it, I’ll admit. So from now on, I’m making more of an effort to stop and say thank you, or even hi, or hey, you’re a real cool cat for making cool stuff. Would you consider doing the same?
Edited to add: I want to make sure I say that I certainly appreciate that people even pin my projects at all, and don’t want to come across as ungrateful that someone likes what I created. I most certainly do! Rather, I think it would be nice to get a larger ratio of comments to pins on these posts than I get. I realize commenting is sometimes hard and takes time, so at then end of the day I’ll take a pin over nothing any day
And I can’t wait to meet Joy from Oh Joy! in a couple of weeks at her book signing for Blog, Inc. She wrote this post Bringing It Back Home a while ago but still a good read, and I respect her for her decision quite a bit. I think the occasional or single contributor to a blog is great and can really help a blogger grow, both for the host blogger and contributor. I contribute and have been asked to contribute to a couple of blogs 1-2 times a month, and that’s not what I’m referring to here. But what I’m talking about is the trend to bring on a plethora of contributors to a blog, so that it doesn’t even function as a blog anymore but a website, and yet they are still trying to categorize themselves as bloggers. The voice of the original blogger is only hears about 2-3 times a week and inevitably does it start to get lost? I recently saw that a blogger I used to read and respect quite a bit just brought on a team of 6 contributors. Six! And here I am the single lone blogger on this site, and I’m supposed to be able to rival that kind of team of talent? It’s near impossible and seems a little unfair. I don’t know, it just starts to get a little sketchy, these lines in blogging. Maybe some day I’ll do the same and I shouldn’t talk too much trash, but when does a blog go from being a blog to a website?
Enough blog talk, for now, I’ll leave you with a bit of my writing over at Disney Baby, about kid and baby stuff if you’d like to go have a read: