If you spend anytime at all in social media and especially the blogging community, the discussion of metrics and measurement will come up.
It appears pretty universal everybody wants to poo-poo on Klout and argue it is not a meaningful measurement tool. It amuses me to see how passionate some seem to ‘hate’ on it. It’s just a tool, right?
Alexa seems to be the most revered and tracked, usually the comments on this are questioning why your score might be moving down or up. Is this the one where down is good?
Before I get too far down this road and expose my total ignorance (what, too late?) on this matter I did want to talk about a measurement I found interesting.
I think it is pretty good
I know, I’ll put this number out there and my good buddy Howie at Sky Pulse Media will slice it and dice and tell me essentially I’m only influencing my mother and her best friend Mabel so don’t try to monetize anything. But he’s smart like that and that’s why I like hanging around with him.
Without getting too technical, I just took the number of responses to my posts and divided it by the number of posts published. Granted, I only started in March so I’m not sure how credible the data truly is. However, 63.5 is the average number of responses per post.
Since I don’t really follow any metrics, my only gauge of success would be comments. I thought this was pretty cool because to me it shows I have a very engaged community. I’m also no dummy and know I am very fortunate to have that kind of response.
I want to hug my community
I would love to give a shout-out to each and every one, but I already shamelessly link many in my comments. There are a couple that have stuck around since the beginning (JK the Hustler & Frank at A Spark Starts) and they probably deserve a medal. But this is because we are brothers from a different mother and are thick as thieves as some would say.
There has been an ebb and flow of commentors and it saddens me to see some leave and feel bad if they are gone because I wasn’t compelling enough. However, this is definitely not a one size fits all endeavor so you will always have attrition but hopefully enough new people fill the void to keep it interesting.
Is it your birthday?
I was asked to guest post at Danny Brown’s and Lori’s Life, for Instance these past two weeks. I accepted but it was with trepidation because the last thing I wanted to do was drop a load at my friend’s place. That would not be very sporting of me, would it?
I really didn’t have anything epic to post, but the response was way, way beyond my expectations. It totally blew me away and I was truly humbled by the support of my community. I know it probably helped because of where I was, but it really did make me smile.
I can not even come close to thanking my community for this support. I am flattered and humbled at the same time. You guys are absolutely the best, and yes, my birthday was in August.
How can I help you?
Please oh please, let me know when you are guest posting in case it is somewhere I don’t show up on a regular basis. I would love to know about it and do everything I can to stop by and pay a visit. Also, let me know if you need an extra RT or two on any post you deem worthy.
Don’t be afraid to call me out when you haven’t seen me in awhile. I think we all have a hall pass to a certain degree because it can get busy.
I am going to have fun
I have been struggling somewhat with my direction, but for now I will stay the course. How about you, what challenges are you facing as you ‘grow’ your presence? What has been the most rewarding for you so far?
Is it still ‘full steam’ ahead?