I know this is going to sound like linkbait, but it’s not.
I’m getting tired of reading blog posts that are simply pandering to Digg users. You all know the format: catchy title, top 10 list, praising Digg, Google, Apple, etc. The very fact that I’m now able to pick these posts out, suggest it won’t be long before the majority start recognizing the same pattern.
While I’ll admit Digg sends a lot of traffic, and I’m always happy to see a post here make the Digg homepage, I don’t want to fall into the trap of writing posts that attract Diggers and don’t appeal to our regular readers.
So, as of today, I’m making a “Not-Made-For-Digg” pledge to our readers. What does that mean? Am I banning Digg users? No, as I said, if they happen to find one of our posts Digg-worthy we’d be flattered. It does mean that I will not construct any future posts with the sole purpose of getting on the homepage of Digg (not that we ever really did much of that anyway).
By making this pledge, I want to send two messages:
- To our readers – we’re writing content for you and not for some fleeting Digg user.
- To other bloggers – when you write purely for Digg, it’s obvious and it’s a turn-off to your regular readers.
So, there you go. Not much more to say really.