This week’s blog challenge is: Brag about your favorite unpopular posts.
On your blog, write a post about your favorite published but unpopular posts, blog posts you thought should have gotten more attention than your blog statistics report. Tell us why you think these are worthwhile posts and why you think they didn’t get the attention they deserved.
You can list one, two, or twenty posts, as long as each answers the two questions of why you think they should have been more popular, and why you think they weren’t.
As usual, create a trackback or leave a link to the blog challenge post in a text anchor link, please, in the comments. We will all look forward to reading about your favorite unpopular posts.
What are Lorelle’s favorite unpopular posts?
Oh, yes, I’ve written plenty of blog posts I was sure would be a resounding hit with my readers. According to my blog’s statistics, they were total flops. Here are two of my many examples.
Can You Visualize the Web?: When my mother asked, “What does the web look like?” I was inspired. I dug around and did a lot of research, of which there wasn’t much available at the time, to find out what would the web look like if someone could paint, draw, or take a picture of the Internet. After all, we call it the “web” so would it look like a web? I was surprised and delighted at all the various artistic renderings, mathematical equations, charts, graphs, and creative ways people had to show us what the web would look like if we could see it. One of my favorite discoveries was Atlas of Cyberspaces, which was discontinued by the author last year but continues to have some of the most powerful visual images of all types of what the web would look like. The Cyberatlas Guggenheim, a lovely Flash exhibition of artist renderings of what the Internet looks like, still offers some of the most dramatic visualizations of what the web might look like if we could see it.
Unfortunately, no one cared and few people search for “what does the web look like” or “picture of the web” and such keywords. They might, but they don’t find me very often. The article is stuffed with keywords and great links and fun samples of the visual images, but all the trackbacks are mine, save two, and there are no comments and no traffic. I think it really failed to attract attention or interest because it really had nothing to do with blogging nor WordPress, though I thought the subject very fascinating to research and write about. It just didn’t match my blog’s purpose and audience interest.
The Day I Looked Forward to Casinos, Drugs, and Penises: I had grand hopes for this amusing little post that poked fun at the impact negative blogging can have on your blog to increase your blog’s traffic. It poked fun at the Digg Effect to spikes your blog traffic up. I also thought this post would get a lot of attention as few blog posts at the time featured the keywords casinos, drugs, and penises, really good attention-getters…I thought.
WRONG! Sure, a few people left some comments and trackbacks, but the traffic numbers were not the resounding smash hit that I was sure it would be. I even joke about that in one of my comments, asking if anyone had dug the post on Digg yet. I believe it didn’t work because the title didn’t say “How to Generate Traffic With Nasty Comments and Bloggers” or something similar, appropriate, and useful. While fun and fairly well written, its satirical nature was not typical of my writing style and threw a few people off. Or they just dismissed it due to the post title looking spammy.
So how it’s your turn. What were your favorite blog posts that you thought would be fun and get the attention of your readers but failed.
These blogging challenges are published weekly and are an attempt to kick your blogging ass. They serve to challenge your thinking and efforts in blogging and blog writing. To participate, start challenging yourself now. Today. Go for it.
Past Blog Challenges
- Blogging Challenge: Top 10 Keywords for Your Blog
- Blog Challenge: Testing Your Blog Clicking Experience
- Blog Challenge: The Features of Version 2.0
- Blog Challenge: Who Would You Like To See Blog From History?
- Blog Challenge: Geographical Blog Reading
- Blog Challenge: Who Is In Your Feed List?
- Blog Challenge: Describe Blogging