May 1, 2007 by Dawud Miracle 14 Comments Share this:Tweet Related posts: Whatâ€™s your SOBCon oneliner? The Four Agreements of Conversational Blogging One Conversation…Two Blogs :: announcing the one2one Conversation Are You Having A Conversation With Your Niche Audience? How Are Your Online Relationships Different From Your Offline Relationships? Reader InteractionsComments Aaron :: miLienzo.com says May 1, 2007 at 11:45 am Dawud, I think that’s admirable that you can take a step back and remind yourself of you over-arching core goals and objectives. I think most bloggers don’t have such goals so to aim for quick hits and big superficial numbers is an easy thing to do. Like you say, it’s not necessarily the wrong thing to do, but if it’s getting in the way of the your real goals then stepping away from the scheme is entirely the right thing to do. Reply Gary Lee says May 1, 2007 at 11:45 am Dawud – I understand how you feel, but I think it would be fair to mention how many backlinks you have also received from this meme just to show that their have been some benefits ( i have a rough count of 9 backlinks on the first 3 pages of your technorati page already). Maybe a before and after comparison of RSS Subscribers and Alexa Ranking along with your Visitors count would help support your viewpoints more. At the end of the day, it really was just an experiment which works for some and doesn’t work for others . . . . I’m glad you participated and had an open mind to try new things! Good Luck with everything! Reply Ari says May 1, 2007 at 12:40 pm If the concept of a favorite exposes me to someone I otherwise would not have found, that is a good thing. While I may not post on my favorites, I do read them. Such as your post here. That is a good thing, no? Reply Dawud Miracle says May 1, 2007 at 12:30 pm Aaron, Thanks. I wrote about my Gotta Get Goals a couple of weeks back. And these traffic-generating memes just don’t fit into it. Sure, you could make the argument that I can reach my goals more effectively by reaching more people, yada yada. But the fact is I don’t see how these style of memes serve me, my readers and the conversation. It’s all about perspective and intention, for me. Gary, Yeah, I could spend more time on this subject, but I’d like to get back to writing about content that benefits the people who read my blog regularly. Topics like personal growth, business development and blogging as conversation. I’m also wondering if we’re missing each other. I’m not disgruntled with the meme and I’m not in judgment of those who continue to gain from it. I’m sure I’ve had some gain. But that’s not the issue for me. The issue is how I go about serving my readers through my blog. And these memes just don’t fit in with the goals and intentions I’ve set for my blog. It just took me trying this to find that out. I trust people will find me because of good content and conversation – just as they have so far. So I don’t feel that there’s anything more for me to look at around the Faves meme. It’s done for me. It will go on for others – no worries, no judgment, no negativity. I’m happy I tried it. I’m grateful for any benefits it’s given me. And I’m most appreciative of how this meme has reminded me of my own purpose. Reply Dawud Miracle says May 1, 2007 at 1:33 pm Ari First off, thanks for reading my blog. I’m here for the people who read my blog and I don’t take that lightly. This is why I don’t want to continue with memes like this that are just about driving traffic. I trust that readers will find me in all the ways they have so far – which is through relationships, conversation and good content. Really, I’m fine in however my readers come. But I’m not traffic-centric – I’m reader-centric. So I want my posts to be for my readers not just for the growth of my blog traffic. Reply Rehuel says May 1, 2007 at 3:09 pm Thanks for the link. This is one way to get new readers to your blog: link to theirs, especially if they’re in the same niche as you are. I too prefer consistent traffic over superficial traffic. I do post my articles to reddit, stumbleupon, delicious etc, but I do that hoping that out of the 600 new visitors 10 would return to regularly read my blog. But to have them stick, your content should be of good quality, and that’s where I’d rather put my energy in. Reply Dawud Miracle says May 1, 2007 at 3:41 pm Rehuel, Sure, it’s the way I’ve build a good percentage of my traffic. And it’s a way I feel benefits everyone – you, me and both our readers. I like it when everyone wins. I’m with you on where I going to put my energy. I really don’t want to spend time on crap shoots. I’d rather create great content, engaging conversations and mutually beneficial relationships. Reply Liz Strauss says May 1, 2007 at 9:58 pm Dawud, Oh, I’m so sorry that I’ve not been around. But bravo for your choice in this. When the sun is fading into the horizon we should be able to say that we have chosen in service to those love what we do. They are the ones who drive 300 miles to see their favorite rock band play. They are the ones who stop by to read us every day and stretch our thinking when they do. We learn from them and they from us. It’s a relationship worth sharing and worth protecting, worth building a business on some would say. Reply Dawud Miracle says May 1, 2007 at 10:47 pm Liz, Exactly. Thanks for posting this comment as you did. What appears to me is that are two mindsets bloggers take. One is that you need to focus on stats and build those stats any way you can. The other is for those who want to use their blog for conversation and relationship building. Now I don’t think the two are exclusive. What I do think is that bloggers who think traffic make choices about traffic first, then their current readers second. That’s not to say they don’t care about their readers. It just seems that they put getting new readers/traffic ahead of the needs and wants of their current readers. What I’m learning is that I want to focus on my current readers and grow traffic by first taking care of their needs and wants. My traffic has steadily grown since I began by doing this very thing. I expect that to continue – even increase. Neither, I feel, are wrong. It’s just more a point of your intentions. Sounds like this should become a post. Reply Stuart Baker says May 2, 2007 at 9:01 am Dawud, if I understand the term “going viral”, you are there. But you are talking about living in your personal integrity and contributing to the good of the world from your deepest self. You do that very well. Congratulations for giving yourself a gentle hit on the head with a foam rubber 2 x 4 to remind yourself what you are really about. It is a pleasure to see you continue to emerge. Thanks for all you do. Stuart Baker http://www.consciouscooperation.com Reply Liz Strauss says May 2, 2007 at 10:56 am Well said Stuart! Well done Dawud. Reply Dawud Miracle says May 2, 2007 at 12:31 pm Stuart, Certainly, buddy. And thank you. I think my process just goes to show you how we all can unfold through our blogs. Liz, You already know how I feel. But for everyone else, thanks. Reply Trackbacks […] UPDATE: I am no longer participating in this meme. […] Reply […] Over the next few days, I’m going to catch up on my meme homework by answering three memes. All three of them are something more than link farms.? Like Dawud Miracle said, the best memes… create engaging conversation that leads to dynamic and lasting relationships.? 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