About once a week here at the Journal I get an email saying “WOW! You have a wonderful site here! It’s fantastic! How did I miss this so long???”
It’s simple, you missed it because of the same reason that others will miss it.
Lack of publicity.
I have tried various things in my time here to gain links from other’s sites and the MOST successful gained me three links that I could verify. Well, here’s a thought.
If you like this site, do two things:
- Tell someone else and make them read one article
- Link to my site from somewhere else, a webpage, a post, a community, an email
Most of us who do this only get publicity from word of mouth. We only have you to spread our sites around. We depend on links from other sites, from blogs, from emails and lists. We don’t have a lot of money to take out ads on sites. I mean, this is a religious educational site, not one that garners a lot of attention anyhow. Heck, I think this place deserves a Webby, and apparently only about 15 agree with me. That’s out of the hundreds of thousands who voted in the Webby awards two years ago.
So if you like this site, tell someone. Tell four people. Tell 20 people. Send them to my site.
I was just doing a surf around, not really looking to boost my ego, and I was on a site of a coven in my local area. I looked at their “resources” page, hoping to see a link to me. No such luck. But there were links to Why Wiccans Suck and Wicca for the Rest of Us. I have no problem with either of those sites (in fact WWS was the inspiration for this site in it’s current form), but I was on an email list with the author of WftRoU, and I gave her advice on the flegling site she put up. It’s kind of hard to know that a site that you helped design and develop has a greater “market penetration” than I do. It makes me very jealous.
I want that recognition. I have an ego. Yes, most of what I do is for generations yet unborn, and for my daughter and those who find use in my site, but still, I like to be told that my writings made a difference in someone’s life. That what I had to say helped them at a hard time in their life or that they got a point I had made that they had struggled with for a long time.
One of my most treasured times is when I was teaching my AP class, and I would describe a technique or a concept, and the students would get it. They would understand what I was talking about, and would spontaneously build on it to things that I had hoped would happen, but that I thought wouldn’t due to various factors. That spontaneous epithany was a RUSH to me. It made the hard times bearable.
And anyone you interact online with is like that. They need those ego strokes as well. They need the links. They need that feedback saying that they have managed to touch you. Since most of us do this only for that, only for those readers who understand what they are saying and to whom the information is important.
If you find what I say of value, good. I don’t ask for money, I don’t ask for links, I don’t ask for ego strokes. I enjoy reading that this post or that article helped you in some way or another. Heck, one lady wrote me that she wanted one of my articles read to everyone at her funeral when she died, that she was putting that in her will. Those kinds of stories and “you touched me” emails is what I ask for.
And if you link me and if you share this with others, doesn’t that give them the opportunity to find out what you now know, and to have the same illuminating moments you had? Don’t they deserve that?
THAT is how you pay web authors or authors in general back. That is the coin that means something. Yes, money helps them make a living, but to hear that they did a good job means more. At least to me.