It happens every so often. You write your post the night before, ready for the morning. You get your post onto MyDigitalLife when you wake up / get into work, ready to see if you’re going to get a couple of clicks. And within the next few minutes, your post is off the main page, as everyone else has done the same thing as you.
Since being on MyDigitalLife, I’ve noticed some common trends. Person A complains about something. Everyone else complains about the same thing. Yeah, they’re providing their own objections and analysis, but it’s all very much the same thing at the end of the day. Where’s our creativity people?!
Much like Facebook, I have my trusted circle of friends. The authors who’s posts I’ll always read (well, based on the title). These people inspire something in me, either because they provide constructive criticism, information, and generally give me something in return for my writing (and that something would be the force behind me continuing to attempt to write). Then I have my “useless list” – the people I never bother to read. Basically because I’m so used to those Authors writing nonsense (that is to say, it is nonsense to me).
Click-a-Lot day seems to bring the worst out of most people. They write boring, repetitive articles that don’t do anything [for me], other than to move posts further down the list, getting rid of the potentially good ones that have been well thought of, and specially saved for the day.
It seems to me, that a lot of people tend to “scramble” to get something up onto the site, in the hopes of gaining more clicks. Quality slackens, as there is this perceived rush to get something onto the site. Then, before you know it, the “Click-a-Lot Effect” occurs (something I'd like to coin - I’m referring to something akin to the “Slashdot Effect”), as highlighted in the opening paragraph. New posts, all arriving quickly push your well thought out, imaginative post down into the dregs of the Blue Nowhere, never to be seen by other people.
The result is, your good posts don’t received the recognition they deserve. If Author’s were clever, they wouldn’t go for their silly little sometimes uninteresting posts that mean very little to some people in the community that has become MDL, but would rather strive to write one singular, good to awesome post. This has a two stage effect. One, good posts are often put up on the Top Blog section of the site. This promotes your blog, gaining you extra clicks because effectively, you’re on the ‘front page’. Secondly, it slows down the rate at which new posts are added, leaving your post on “Hot from the Citizens” page. This results in, yes, your article potentially being read more often.
I firmly believe that sometimes the allure of making money misguides people into thinking that by going overdrive into the endeavour that it will perform better. However, the true art of doing anything successfully, is through careful planning and foresight.
But that’s just my opinion, and you’re entitled to your own.
By the way, if you didn't read my post on Reducing Power Consumption because of the "Click-a-Lot" effect, you can read it here.