Maybe don’t post numbers. I wrote yesterday’s post because when i started this blog, i didn’t know what to expect. I mean, MMORPGs are a big topic, right? I know what to expect from a normal new blog and it isn’t much, but with this topic, i didn’t know if i’d receive visits in the tens, hundreds or thousands a month. I was thinking that maybe, sharing my viewcounts could serve as a signpost for people just starting out.
I regretted yesterday’s post almost immediately, surely after the first comments came in. It wasn’t really because people kind of disagreed, but because they made compelling arguments. And also because the exact numbers didn’t need telling- it would have been enough to post abstract numbers like “i’m receiving visitors in the two-digit-numbers”.
Also, it seems my rough draft gave the impression i care much about numbers and less about conversation. It’s the conversation i value, though, and one thing i’m trying to improve upon is commenting on other blogs.
This being the internet, my initial protectionist thought- pulling it back out- couldn’t work and it’s not the thing to do. Instead, it’s owning-up time. If you feel like i don’t value your input and instead watch visit numbers grow, i apologize, this isn’t the case but yesterday’s post could be understood that way.
While i still feel posting abstract numbers is helpful, yesterday’s post was badly written and too exact. I’d like to pretend it never happened, but it did.
So here’s why you should avoid the same mistake in posting numbers:
- it opens a can of competetiveness we don’t need in the blogging community
- it is easily misunderstood as caring more about numbers than the topic or the community
- if they’re too high- and actually, you have no idea if your viewcount is high or low- they could even discourage people just starting out. Which would be the opposite effect of what the community wants to achieve in the NBI event
It’s interesting- after the talkback challenge and yesterday’s post, i didn’t really expect the latter to be the one i’d feel bad about. But i do. I feel like i did the community- and the NBI- a disservice. So once again, i apologize.