I kept quite a distance with this whole debacle about the hits. I asked questions in the shoutbox every now and then, and got an answer that was satisfying for the time and question in mind. I always see the same people bombard the shoutbox with complaints about hits not being up to scratch, and now more and more blogs about how crap MyDL is/was and how many of us will simply leave MyDL because our hits were 200-300 per day and now its down in the 20's.
What a load of bullshit! I'm seriously fed up with all this complaining about hits from grown men! People have left yes, MyDL is not the same as it used to be, yes, but how was it? Was it a piggy bank where you could blog a bit and claim you love it AS LONG AS you get your monthly EFT from IT WEB? We all know the exact reasons why the digi's have taken a drop. We were told tons of times what the issue(s) was/were and frankly speaking, I'd be much happier if the staff at MyDL worked around the clock fixing it then being online reading my complaints and answering my 20 questions as to why my hits have plummeted!
There was a time, right at the beginning, when the shoutbox was abuzz, when digi's were fought for-quite literally, blog battles ensued and the winner's prize would not be a R500 digi claim...no, it would be the right to brag, the right to distribute their material to friends and family to show them the hidden talent they had! They can actually write something from nothing! Then, people started noticing that hey, we can actually make a steady R400-R600p/m on a website called MyDL! Just by blogging...anything stupid, but hey, technology content gets you more hits! So a barrage of Microsoft and Apple hate blogs ensued, and you know what, for some time they actually got hits for that!
Let's agree on something here, in 2010, it stopped being about blogging, it stopped being about writing, it stopped being about venting and giving opinions, and it all became about hits...I was the one that started the HIT FACTORY back in 2007 - where we literally blogged for hits, and you know what, it was crap! The writing was on the wall…you had to blog 15 articles in order to get 150 hits…Then, we focused heavily on quality vs. quantity…and for one of 2 articles, you could actually see hits generated to 400!
MyDL is probably the brainchild of one of the most interactive and best blog mediums on the South African web today...the guys and gals working on this site has really done themselves and us proud, none of you, whoever you are, can deny that. Look at this site, I'm still looking for screenshots of the 1st MyDL BETA...the amount of technology news, the amount of different blogs, and lately, the amount of newbies that push out blogs...its just grown! But MyDL, like all good things are their own Achilles heel, that slogan that attracted people to this site was/is the very same slogan that they probably loath by now...GET PAID TO BLOG!
Everyone, drunk or sober, if you tell them they can say “HEY, HI, HO” and become an author, can make money like that will look for the 1st PC in sight and start blogging requesting authorship! We all need to sit back, look at our old material, think back to the days when you saved a blog, saw it on the blog tabs...and felt proud! I still do that, there are times when I sit up at 12 at night thinking of what I'm about to blog tomorrow! There are tons of reasons my material dropped over the last couple of months...I started working, I'm a dad, and really busy, and I just don't blog for blogging anymore, if I don't have something to say, I don't blog! How many blogs do we see that exists of one liner’s...things you could have said in the shoutbox...but as long as you can make a R10 off it, so be it.
Frankly speaking, MyDL has become a money making opportunity for most who actively complain about it on and on and on. Negative press is not what OUR SITE needs at this moment! If anything, we should all actively promote our site once more like we did in the past. But its totally wrong to live in the past, MyDL had a great upgrade, most were unhappy with the features, but this is to be expected with ANYTHING that upgrades on a computer screen...user acceptance is a subject on its own! I blog, for the fun of it all, I blog not to see my hits climb, however, its very difficult to blog on here with most ranting and raving about their hits, I found myself looking at my hits for the past 2 weeks seeing it climb...which is wrong! I have grown as a writer. I promote my blogs very well using my own methods. I get allot of flack for my methods on sites where I promote it, but for the sake of promotion and getting it out there, its great. Blogging should not and should never have been about hits. Yes, its great to come back and see that 150 people have read or looked at your blog in a matter of 2 hours...I get this allot, but the reality is, 150 people now have the opportunity to think about my opinion, to share it, to shrug it off, to spit at it, or to print it, take it to the bathroom, piss over it and then burning it...the 150 hits was just an added bonus...of a great blog!
That's what it is and was always all about...having your ideas and opinions out there in the world is a great feeling, much better than claiming R15 off it! It’s so great to read other people's ideologies, other people's experiences, I so enjoyed Dissol's coverage of the SWC stadiums...did he write that simply for hits? I so enjoy Barmar's way of thinking about technology, which is totally different to mine, who does not enjoy Mike's expert opinion on new technology...well written blogs that if they don't get hits, definitely get you talking! I like the newbies on here...the guy from New Zealand and his studies, the human telling us about his day to day life, wow, the students, the lawyers, somehow, the new people have come on here showing us oldies exactly what this blogging is all about! When last was someone actually given author status? Newbies don't care! I have a friend, Jayo, who blogs brilliantly, he didn't even know we have things like authors...On here, we have daily, monthly and even seasonal bloggers...and that is the resilience and versatility of this site that I love and know for a fact that each and everyone of the oldies do too!
My brain is taking so much strain with work and staying up late at night, yet it brings me utter joy to blog on this website and this webstie alone. Yes, we have many authors who maybe depend on the hits to climb...it will...with the right methods, your hits will indeed climb, mine has, I have no beef with MyDL in that regard, when they said my hits would not climb, it did not, when they said I can blog, I used my methods, i.e FB/Forums/email (simple, yet effective) to promote my blogs and it not only got people calling me telling me they agree, hate me, disagree, love me, I also got 300 hits as a bonus! Blogging by its very nature is an opinion piece, thus no one on this earth with sense will ever accept it as part of a dissertation reference. It is a medium used to express utter and wasteful thought, to express ones opinion to be examined and dismantled by the masses interested in your topic. Some people have found ways to make a living off blogging, but honestly, we all have day jobs, and this is just a way to let loose, to come and express yourself when you cannot in real life...MyDL has made that possible for tons of you, and the way some of you act when there is a glitch is just astonishing...
MyDL cannot pay you for a view by a robot...a human has to read your blogs, you know this, if you are unhappy about this, I seriously suggest you blog elsewhere where there is no community, where there is no interaction, and where there are no cool blogs, and where you'll be unhappy as robots will most probably also be there.
OS over and out - I really hope we all get back to our roots of blogging for the sake of the art...blogging. This is an art to me. The ability to write a couple hundred words that makes people angry, happy, sad, laugh, cry...is an art like any other. I hope we get our HITS system sorted; I hope we revert back to the old days of looking forward to things like CLICK-A-LOT-DAY where we are allowed to be greedy and blog for the sake of hits! I'm in the shoutbox when I can, and I'm happy to report most of the oldies are also there...we need more newbies in the shoutbox, greet the newbies just like you were welcomed with open arms when you were new, read everyone's blogs if you can, you can't complain about hits yet don't read other people's blogs...there are people out there that just want someone to reply on their blogs, this means alot to them, they don't care about hits...I can only imagine a newbie's reaction to this barrage of "MyDL's hits suck" blogs...what must they be thinking? To all the newbies and the oldies...this rant is over, I'm loving the art of blogging, the ability to write something and have it published online...to MyDL, fix the hits system, keep people updated in our weekly newsletters, reward authors for great blogs in magazines or in newsletters or on FB...you guys are doing a good job, don't let this snag deter us from becoming the best blogging site in South Africa...with great viewership and great blogs, we can have new MyDL glory days, I certainly felt it last week and the week before that...the vibe is coming back in my opinion!