I got a few questions about this so I thought I’d respond on the blog so all the regular readers could get an answer to it.
Since starting this blog (and my old one) I’ve written mostly articles of 1000 words or more. That limited the amount of content I could produce in some ways but it kept feeling natural. My natural tendency is to post bigger articles less often but I’d been getting comments that seemed to put those natural tendencies up for debate.
People were telling me that I was expounding on brevity in articles that could take ten times as long as the usual blog post to read. That point seemed to be a good one. I have a tendency to write more instead of less when I’m in doubt. With those comments, it also made me question whether posting more frequently would also be prefered for the regular readers. Essentially I was wondering, if I wrote it, would they keep coming.
That’s what February’s daily posting schedule was about.
I was running an experiment to see what would happen to the interest people showed in each article. Here’s what I tentatively found out:
1. I love writing shorter articles. This isn’t really related to the readers but I certainly enjoyed writing shorter articles because they allowed me to jump and bob into more topics than I ever could have with long articles.
That being said, I got a few messages suggesting I should have explained stuff further.
2. On a word count basis, those extra articles were less efficient at gaining readers. I thought the increased article count might increase shares and boost views more than my previous articles. That didn’t happen. (I have a few theories to why it didn’t work.)
3. Certain forms of engagement from the reader increased and certain forms of engagement decreased.
Ultimately, the results were a bit of a wash. It seems like the the audience is pretty well mixed about what they prefer. That lead to me extending and adjusting the experiment a little bit. In the next 2 months (currently planned, it may adjust,) I’m planning on writing 1 extra shorter length article every week. I’m curious to see if that’s a little more efficient than daily posting.
Why should you care?
Take note of how unscientific this experiment is. I’m throwing this experiment together with mediocre analytics and a simple plan.
If there is one thing you can always do to improve your own life (or grades or blog or anything) it’s experimentation. You don’t need a perfect experiment to prove what works on a personal basis. You can control 95% of the factors by just being you. (Someone else may do stuff a little differently but you’ll tend to always do it more the same. That controls countless variables to some extent.)
Whenever you think you might have figured out a better way to do something, take the chance and experiment. It’s powerful. And, hell, you might even enjoy it a little.
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The story began a decade ago when I first started to share my study strategies with other students.
I had figured out the Holy Grail of academic optimization strategies – and every intermediate step to get to it. Using this strategy, I pulled a nearly 4.0 GPA while running a double course load in college – and once I started sharing it.
Droves of them.
And then teachers noticed.
Most of the teachers that were looking out for their student’s best interest got what I was saying and supported the cause. Others… well… not everyone has the student’s best interest at heart.
Early on (even before Smart Student Secrets,) I started writing for average students.
I knew… I was NEVER one of the “smart kids”. I was mediocre at best. And I knew, if these strategies worked for me then they could work for just about anybody. And that’s who I wanted to connect with.
But… There was a problem…
I built an audience giving these strategies away. Sure…
And I’d get messages from them. And we’d talk. And I’d hear their stories.
I’d hear from A+ students that cut their study time by 90%.
I’d hear from B students that took their grades up to A’s.
I’d hear from teachers that were sharing my strategies with their students.
I’d hear from older students how these strategies changed their life.
I love it. I love introducing these strategies that changed my life to other people.
But there was always this… but…
What about the C students?
What about the D students?
What about the students that are currently failing?
Sure… Some would reach out.. but…
They never followed through… They’d take a small step. They’d sign up. They’d learn some killer strategies. Seeing right there how powerful they were going to be…
And then… life kicks in. They lose sight of their goals.
And it’s gone.
Student’s came to this site to improve their life. They see the possibilities. But then… they move on.
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