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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) 11 tips and tricks for getting better photos of bigger kids.

(big babble) A spring checklist of sorts.

(big babble) If I gave you $100 and the day off, what would you do with it?

(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.

 

 

Comments

  1. Maybe it’s silly, but I appreciate your honesty in this post. And I just clicked all your links. ;)

    Casey Reply:

    @Misty @ The Family Math, That’s exactly what I was hoping for. Transparency always wins.

    Casey Reply:

    @Misty @ The Family Math, And thank you. :)

  2. OH.MY.GOODNESS. Look how big Vivi has gotten. I must get around more. :)

    Casey Reply:

    @Stacie, She’s steadied out for now…all this mobility crap is evening her out.

  3. I love your personal blog, but am thankful for the Babble links! They are articles that I enjoy reading, but without a reminder..probably just wouldn’t.

    Casey Reply:

    @Jamie, Oh thank you.

  4. I will click all the links!

    Casey Reply:

    @Nichole, I owe my gratitude to your clickyness.

  5. 15% increase every month! That seems crazy. Maybe I just don’t understand stats, I don’t think I’ve had an increase that big in my life but clearly you’re doing it!

    Casey Reply:

    @Marta, It’s slightly overwhelming at times but a good challenge.

  6. I always click through from either here, twitter, and facebook to read, but mostly because I just love to read what you write. Thankfully your great writing carries over to Babble so I don’t feel like I’m helping you keep up a score to make you popular or something… instead I don’t ever think about the fact you get paid to do it. I don’t even have kids (yet) and I love to read your Babble posts .:)

    Casey Reply:

    @Becca, Well that’s just about the nicest compliment possible. Thank you! *blush*

  7. I know it has to be tough keeping the balance but you’re doing a great job!!

    Casey Reply:

    @Holly from 300 Pounds Down, Thank you. Sometimes it feels like I’m about to drop all my flying plates but somehow they all keep spinning. Phew!

  8. Your writing style is what keeps me hooked and coming back for more. Your personal stories and struggles are relate-able and the articles and advice on Babble are equally as great! I follow you all over the web and I’m thankful you write because of what you have to say, not because of what other’s want you to say.
    Way to keep it real, Casey! :)

    Sylvia Reply:

    @Melissa,

    What Melissa said!
    Your are honest and real, and I appreciate that quality in your writing.

    Casey Reply:

    @Sylvia, Oh gosh, thank you. your checks are in the mail.

    Casey Reply:

    @Melissa, Well thank you. I appreciate your support and wonderfulness.

  9. I like it that you post the links here. I can click over to read the ones I am interested in without having to check it all the time. I don’t feel it’s overkill or that it is making this blog be less your space, because it’s all about you and your family. And I love it!

    Casey Reply:

    @Rachael, That was kind of my idea…not everyone wants to read about poo *all* the time.

  10. I read all your Babble posts. You are amazing! Keep up the great work.

    Casey Reply:

    @Alisa, You’re wonderful, thank you thank you.

  11. I love your articles on Babble. They are real and your writing and balance are amazing. I always read. xo

  12. I clicked. Loved the Yahoo Answers :)

  13. I’m glad you avoid controversy. I’ll click on the links just because of it!

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