Disclaimer: I've grown up a bit and learned a lot since this blog was started. In the beginning I took tips from the likes of John Chow and Shoemoney and tried to write titles and content for Digg and Reddit. In the end it didn't do me much good and most of it just seems silly looking back. If you're interested anyway, here's what I wrote back then, but take it with a grain of salt.
Without any CSS or fancy design,
this site is pretty ugly. As the current ugly kid on the block I cry myself to sleep every night and my
wife consoles me by saying that it’s what’s on inside that counts.
Google likes your content, just
ignore those mean kids, one day your CSS
will change and then they’ll appreciate you for who you are, she says. I sort-of believe her and resolve
to finish my design by the end of the month, but the
same thing will just happen tomorrow. The thing is, I just can’t help but ask myself,
self, does your
content suck or is social media just that shallow?
Here’s the thing, I’ve submitted three of my articles to Digg, one that I thought was pretty funny, one that was pretty technical, and one that was just on a whim to see what it would do. I followed the rules and didn’t blindly submit every post, I think I wrote a decent description for each, and my analytics account says I had some people click through. So, I managed to generate some interest, but, once they were there, they spent an average of ten seconds and then bounced immediately! I know for a fact that the posts took longer than 10 seconds to read, so what happened?
Social media I implore you, answer my question. Are you too shallow to vote for posts on this site because they’re ugly?