Over 18,000 pageviews in 3 days and counting...
by Paula Neal Mooney
Come as you are
As you were
As I want you to be...
For some reason Kurt Cobain's unforgettable voice and that not-the-Foo-Fighter-guy's guitar riffs won't leave my "memoriiiiia" alone right now, so I'm going to fit my lessons learned about creating a viral blog post into the lyrics of Nirvana's "Come as You Are" song.
Praise be to God, our Paula's List of Blogger Salaries (along with my Robin Thicke lustings) have garnered this blog a record 18,000 pageviews in the past three days.
And it's growing, so here goes:
As a friend, as a friend, as an old enemy...
After creating the biggest blog post of your life, don't be afraid to call on your blogosphere friends -- and maybe a few foes? -- to Digg your post.
I've never emailed and asked so many people in my life to Digg a post, but a good number of you blessed readers did, and once it got over that hump of around 30-something Diggs, the "goodie" mob mentality took over and people saw the high Digg number and kept Digging it.
Thank you all. (Don't forget to grab a screenshot when it makes Digg's front page if I'm in the steam room.)
Take your time...
I can thank Sunny Ellis for her honest comment about me recently.
"...some days I think she is just posting to be posting," Sunny wrote about me.
Posting to be posting, posting to be posting...I realized that Sunny was right.
Some days I'm so concerned with having a freshly-dated blog post up, I'll admit I've thrown up less than my best.
So I prayed for a viral post, something like Al at Self-Made Minds' post about blogs who have the most Feedburner subscribers that was so popular. Al took days to create that table, and only in copying his code did I learn how to create a cool table in Blogger.
And this blessed Blogger Tips and Tricks guy showed me how to get rid of the white space.
I slowed down and took the weekend and beyond to create the table of salaries. And now it's paying off big time, being linked to all over the world. If you're like me, blogging at the speed of light, step away from the fray for a bit and take the time to create something other people might not have the time nor desire to, and they will come.
This lesson is one I learned about the quirky stuff that went viral after Digg's recent user revolt. The guy in the image above got a lot of attention by acting pretty quickly in the melee and Photoshopping (dear God, I hope that's Photoshopped) a tattoo of the HD DVD hack code to his chest that the DiggNation was trying to suppress.
And this guy quickly created a funny (and quite lovely) Youtube video song called "Oh Nine, Eff Nine" about the same situation that became really popular as well.
Therefore, hurry up and jump in on a hot topic, but go into left-field with your take on it.
The choice is yours, don't be late...
How do I know when to hurry up and when to slow down? How did I get a viral idea in the first place? Check my header. I'm a believer in Jesus Christ...
Compartmentalization is crap. My blogging life in so entwined with my spirituality -- and therein is the secret of my pageview success.
I prayed for a viral post and got it.
Got both the idea and the skills to carry it thru. And there's an endless supply for the asking.