Had a long discussion with someone about paying for Facebook likes and buying followers. We went back and forth about the ethics of doing so and spent a good bit of time batting around different ideas for gaming the system.
Is it worth cheating your way to Social Media Superstardom? If you gain enough traction you can put yourself in a place where your words have more value and influence.
I agree with what Ken said about Seth Godin.
I mean, he’s incredibly smart. He’s good at what he does. But have you read his blog? He’s the master of writing extremely short blog posts with pithy statements, and half the time, I’m not really sure he’s saying anything all that profound. And yet, he gets gazillions of likes and shares. Because he’s Seth Godin. If I wrote those same words, people would dismiss them as silly, and write me off.
It is interesting to me how two people can say the same thing but receive very different reactions.
Sometimes I read old posts like How A Dad Blogger Uses Amazon To Make Money From Writing to see what sort of promises I made and to figure out if I followed through upon them. You can call that my holding myself accountable.
Or you can call that the moments where I smack myself in the head, stare in the mirror and excoriate myself for not following through. Did I mention that I am my own worst critic.
Sometimes it is where I fall into the trap of comparing myself to other people. Sometimes it is where I find myself wondering why blogger XYZ gets so many accolades or what Seth Godin did to make himself into the figure he is today.
What Am I Doing Here?
It has been a very long week and I am tired. Been filled with multiple challenges on the blogging front and you can say that is a bit part of why I am being so introspective here.
Sometimes I look at my About page and ask myself if the current iteration is what I want to represent me. Is it accurate? Is it beneficial? Does it paint the kind of picture I want you to have about me and most importantly, have I linked to my best posts?
Ask me to identify my best posts and I’ll tell you that I am not entirely sure what to show you. Obviously I have a bunch I think are strong and provide a good representation of my work but I still wonder if I have picked the best out of my portfolio.
I suppose part of the answer lies in identifying my goals for the blog and what I hope to accomplish. If you don’t know what you want to do it becomes a lot harder to do it.
Would You Pay People To Comment On Your Blog?
If we circle back to our headline and initial discussion about whether it is ethical and or beneficial to pay for comments I would pose a question.
Let’s say you can buy 50,000 Facebook fans, 50,000 Twitter followers and 50,000 guaranteed comments on your blog posts for $5,000.
Would you do so if you knew that would guarantee speaking engagements and a book deal?
What would happen if there were no guarantees other than the followers and comments?
Does it make a difference to you?