What really changed on MyDL (not hits)

Posted by Twar
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I just read barrmar's blog Bye-Bye to hits and as I was writing a comment in reply, I thought that the idea is different enough for an entire new topic.

Although the hits on MyDL are a big incentive to blog, and the lack thereof makes you feel like your blog is less successful, its not what brought me to MyDL to begin with.

When I first started blogging here it was because of my love for blogging and just wanting to get those ideas out and on some permanent storage where other people and myself can view them and comment etc. I did not even know that MyDL paid bloggers for the blogs at first, and I tried to sneak google ads into my blogs to see if I could get something in return for doing something that I was going to do either way.

Eventually I came to university and things got a bit too busy for me to blog for a while. After a long silence I returned to MyDL, but something was different. When I first blogged here all my blogs got many comments. MyDL was like a community of its own, and I could easily write a blog about how I saw each person in the MyDL family at the time. Comments were supportive or had constructive criticism in them. There would be long conversations just through the commenting system, and people would chat a lot in the shoutbox. 

That feeling of a community has somewhat disappeared though. Maybe its because of all the different blog categories that there are now. Although I understand that lifestyle blogs don't deserve getting paid for. Either way I think the secret should be in all the authors trying to read more blogs, commenting on them and getting to know the other authors whose blogs you enjoy. I for one plan on commenting much more regularly from now on.

On another note: It would be really helpful if you have some kind of automatic draft saving feature on MyDL. I have often lost a blog by accidentally pressing some key combination that makes my browser go back to the previous page haha.

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The Source
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The Source Monday, 04 October 2010

Well I have to agree here. Since Twitter and Facebook started becoming social driver people are spending more time on that then on blog sites.

Even looking at Google you are now getting more "live" results than actual results with contextual relevance.

But this isn't just a myDL thing. Some of the blogs I used to follow also dried up in comments and this leaded to author putting in less effort into their blogs. Now you can LIKE and TWEET sites and that constitutes "inter action". Bull, commenting and sharing your opinion on a topic is interaction.

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Charmed Monday, 04 October 2010

I agree, people should blog because they are passionate about it.

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sgb Monday, 04 October 2010

I agree we should all be passionate about everything we do and I am passionate about blogging (I have too many opinions to be otherwise!). But passion does not pay your bills any more than it pays mine.

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Twar Monday, 04 October 2010

Im not saying they should stop paying to blog. Hell no one would say no to an extra R 500 per month, but at the same time it shouldn't be the driving force behind our blogging and this community. I seriously doubt anyone can make a living from the little we get by blogging on this site. Its just a little bit of motivation and sort of a pat on the back for blogs well written from MyDL in my opinion. Or maybe I'm just not blogging enough to be able to pay any bills lol.

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OS GIKEN Monday, 04 October 2010

sgb...I can't believe that MyDL's digi's somehow adds to your monthly bill budget! LOL...if that's the case, you CANNOT blame MyDL's hits calculations...you didn't sign a contract here ou...its really irresponsible to DEPEND on digis!

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I didn't realise that people rely on Digis to pay the bills :o

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OS GIKEN Monday, 04 October 2010

lololololol sgb is taking the p man...lol, he's got more shares than digis!

No man...see, silly expectations like that is what makes this whole hits thing lose its credibility. yes we all love getting a couple hundreds and sometimes 1000s...didnt source buy a tv with his digis?:P8) But seriously, digi's is something that just happens to be there...when you forgot about it...you realise, oh shit...i actually got R700 in the MyDL DigiBank...lemme request it and get it in 1-2 weeks...lekker!;D

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barrmar Monday, 04 October 2010

It all adds up! Especially when there are multiple sources of income. Say R500 per month from MyDL, R500 from Helium, R2500 from a university - it may not pay the bills but it does become a significant contribution!
It becomes especially significant when the consulting just dries up out of the blue.

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ShackledMuse Monday, 04 October 2010

To OS: In Twar's defense: MyDL digi's paid my bills. Try saying "you should't work digi's into your budget" to a person who has no other income. (I'm not saying Twar has not other income, I'm speaking from personal experience.)

I was unemployed for six months and I heavily relied on the money I made of MyDL. (at one point I could rely on R400 to R700 per month from MyDL, $100 from another site and R600 from a company I wrote articles for. Now R2000, give or take a few rands and dollars, might seem like small change to the guys earning a decent salary but it was my income and I survived on it for appr 5 months. Restless nights would haunt me if I couldn't get my MyDL money before a weekend, or if the other 2 companies "forgot" to process my payment on time.

I'm just saying.

Twar
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Twar Tuesday, 05 October 2010

You mean in sgb's defense lol.

But fair point :)

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ShackledMuse Tuesday, 05 October 2010

lol my bad. In defense of SGB's point.

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sgb Tuesday, 05 October 2010

My point is as put forward by shackledmuse and barmar. No I do not depend on it. But when you have one or two small sources of income such as this, and one dries up, you inevitably concentrate on the others.
So OS, I have no contract. But I need the cash. I will follow it when necessary.
I do not think MyDl is purposely messing anyone around. I just think expectations have been raised which cannot be met.
I dont intend leaving. I do intend writing more for other sites which seem a bit more stable though.

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The Pianist Tuesday, 05 October 2010

applauze applauze:)

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