Love this post! Thank you Trent–you are a genius.

Trent Lewin


I have only been at blogging for about a month.  Good times, some great people, and some wonderful writing.  I am happy to be here.  Here are my initial observations of this cool new world.

1.  The potential for people to read your work diminishes with every extra word you add.  The relationship is non-linear, as follows:

# of views = -4.9 * Ln (# of words) + 40.7

Try it (Ln is the natural logarithm).  Don’t forget the negative!  In this relationship, a 50 word piece would give you something like 25 views; a 2000 word piece would give you like 2.  It totally works.

2.  Magically, it is possible to have people like your work even if you have no views.  This is an amazing phenomenon.  It’s like people have delved into the first few lines of your writing and have intuitively gleamed what will happen next…

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  1. Doris says:

    Susan sometimes I do not press the like button on blogs to avoid being a #3 they might think I am crazy (well I am and obsesses with all the arts), but there are cases that there are no words to say wow (especially in writing and poetry) so we simply press “like” button well that is my case. We get excited with an orange notification is something to look forward to, it like our payment.

    • Hey–I love all the orange thingies I get—-I was just curious to see who reads my posts from the reader, or at least starts there–and that is a good way to tell… considering I blast everyone with poetry all day long, I would not blame anyone for saying–oh, crap, another one–and ignoring it altogether! However, I personally would like WP to come up with another two buttons like this: (1) I really like your post but am too intimidated by how good it is to say anything, or (2) really liked this, but have no time to comment because I am following too many damned blogs!

      • Bruce Ruston says:

        I know what you mean buttons one and two would be really good as I try to follow more blogs than I have time to go around and then the emails back up and the guilt mounts up and then I now have two blogs eating my time but it just cant be helped. I do confess I sometime don’t have the time to comment on your blog but I read 99.9% of your writing

        • Bruce–you comment on my stuff a lot–and I always appreciate the comments. When I click “like” on yours, I am either laughing too hard to say anything intelligent, or it might just be a little over my head and fall into the #1 category…It we are talking real stats here, I think you probably read about 99.9953981% and believe me, it is appreciated 😉

  2. Doris says:

    Exactly, that is how I feel with your poetry (button #1) and there are so many good writers out there, I feel I am going to mess it up by saying something annoying or to repetitive. Button #2 is true, I try to follow blogs that I truly love, and at the beginning I was very picky, but there is so much out there.
    I personally admire that you post a couple of poems a day, I always wonder how you do it, and I am super lazy.

  3. The Enfant Terrible says:

    You don’t need me to tell you my thoughts on this. We have talked already. Basically, this like-for-like, non-viewing bullshit is just down to ego, laziness and fundamentally a lack of appreciation for writing FULL STOP.

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