Feedback for Looking at a Random Card
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Guys, a few words about this column:
I know it gets noticed. I also can be pretty sure it actually gets read. I get to a three-digit number of clicks with each entry even when I’m not linked from PlanetMTG, and if I do, that number is multiplied by a factor of up to three, depending on when that link is put up and how long it stays there. Also, even with older entries, there’s a steady trickle of new clicks. I think it’s safe to assume that I have at the very least a very healthy 2-digit number of people reading these entries.
Now, some people get off on numbers. They are happy when their twitter account reaches 1000 followers, even if 95% of those are just spammers or people only following them in the hope that they get followed back.
I am not one of those people. I immediately block followers who I can be reasonably sure of don’t actually follow me in the sense of reading my tweets. I do this not just because I abhor the net’s spam culture in general, but also because I keep kinda “following” these people back via a list. (I only really follow them if they post stuff I want to see immediately whenever I go to my twitter main page.)
If I got paid for writing my blog entries, I would probably care a lot more for sheer numbers. But I don’t.
If you also publish content on the internet, you know that the only real reward – and also the only true motivation – for any non-professional writer is feedback. Certainly, everyone prefers praise to criticism, and of course a shitstorm will cause a dent in the motivation of all but the most egomaniac writers, but in the end, the kind of feedback which shows that the poster actually read what one wrote is the only thing which can keep motivation up in the long term, and a dozen of mixed opinions is usually better than just two or three lukewarm acclamations.
It gets down to this: If I don’t get more feedback for my Looking for a Random Card entries, my motivation to write them with any regularity will plummet. That’s the natural way of things. Note that I’m not explicitly fishing for “Keep up the good work!” posts, although I’ll take them if I get them. I just assume that, if you read my entries, you do so because they interest you, which in turn means you will have some thoughts about their content, and I want you to share some of those thoughts, just to reassure me that I’m not blogging in a vacuum. That’s all.