Most people have an opinion on how Babble is run. I hate slideshows! Why so much controversy? Why do you write so much? WHYYYY?
I write at least 40 articles a month for Babble. I have been for the past 7 months. Some really cool opportunities have come about because of it and let’s be honest, a paycheck. The Internet runs on page views which is part of the reason I don’t do advertising on my own site, I don’t want to have to write here with the thought in the back of my mind “How do I get people to click more?” It’s part of the reason so many blogs have changed to a magazine layout or don’t publish full feeds, the more you click the more the advertisers have to pay out. Paycheck aside, writing this much has kept my brain occupied. It has been therapy to have a place where I have to write everyday. It has challenged me and forced me to look at things from new perspectives.
I have page view requirements on each site that go up by 15% each month. I’ve struggled to find a delicate balance between promoting my articles over there and keeping this space as ‘me’ as possible. Part of the reason I struggle with page views is that I refuse to go controversial. Controversy gets clicks, but it also leaves me feeling icky, pitting people against each other. I try really hard to write stuff I would want to read. Babble can be clunky, my own blog can be clunky, but things are constantly changing and updating.
That being said, here’s the latest from babble this week…
(big babble) A spring checklist of sorts.
(baby babble) Feeling a little down? These 20 strange Yahoo Answers should perk you right up.
(baby babble) 12 Super nifty products for baby’s first spring.
(baby babble) I may not be able to breastfeed, but I can cloth diaper LIKE A BOSS.