Have I seen more traffic?
No, not really. There was a small bump up for a couple of days, but nothing amazing. Have I seen more comments?
For a few of my postings yes, but not a major jump overall. Most readers of WebWord are sensible. They're not going to jump on this as an opportunity to squeeze time and energy out of me. Everyone's been great about it. (Thank you!)Is this getting attention?
Yes, but not on a grand scale. That is, a few lurkers posted comments, which was great. Also, I've received several very nice emails about my offer and the topic. At the same time, although it was posted to Digg
, for example, it hasn't exploded on the blogosphere. That would have been wild.Are there other ways of compensating people?
Yes, but not in the financial sense. One good method I've used is sending email. Very simple. One other method is sending postal mail. There's absolutely nothing like getting a personal note in the mail in my opinion. Am I trying to make money doing this?
No, not really. Like most folks, I would like more traffic and more money but my gesture is really about saying Thank You to people. The only reason I even wrote about it was so that others could understand it and then experiment with their own blogs. For what it is worth, I've done this randomly and silently for quite some time. Is my reputation at stake?
Absolutely. But, to be blunt, I didn't think about how my actions might be perceived as being sneaky. It simply didn't cross my mind. It is a very good point, however.Is this a marketing exercise or an intellectual exercise?
Both. Getting more (well written, well crafted) comments is always a goal. And, this is also an exercise to get people thinking about the value of comments and community. But, more than anything else, I just wanted other people to realize that there are ways of saying "Thank You!" to people who contribute. I'm trying to demonstrate how it works.Am I worried about artificial postings?
Yes. But, I'm *always* worry about artificial postings. I hate comment spam. That's the last thing I want. Interestingly, I've not seen an increase in comment spam. That's the good news. Will I keep this up?
Yes and No. Yes, I will continue to post comments on other blogs and forums as time permits. But, as some folks know, I have been doing that forever. It's the right thing to do but it is also the smart thing to do. There are many smart folks out there. Smarter than me. But, in terms of my recent offer, I can't continue to *guarantee* that I will be able to post three comments for every one comment on WebWord.com. My intention was to jump start the conversation. Seems like it worked. ;-)Am I selling links? Am I selling content? Am I selling anything?
No, I am not selling links. I'm not selling content. I'll admit that I am selling a few things, such as my Usability Review of Digg.com
, but that's not directly related. Again, I'm talking about the concept, showing how it is done, explaining what it means, but not much else. This isn't a permanent move. Do I have any other comments?
You bet! I want to thank everyone here for posting such excellent comments and questions. There's some really original thinking here, which is exactly what I was hoping to see.John S. RhodesWebWord.comUX Reports
Edited by webword, 25 June 2006 - 08:53 PM.