Trying an Experiment
I am thinking of taking a week off. A week off from Jackass Letters and from anything remotely promoting this site like Facebook or twitter. I occasionally skip a weekend to rerun a letter, but I monitor my various site related feeds. I engage my audience and riff with people on all kinds of things, but in the end I mostly do it to see if I can’t send some traffic to my site.
It seems to me that these pays I don’t get quite the return on my investment in time. I could be wrong, or it could just be me, but it used to be that when I posted a link I’d get quite a few people to follow it. I did this mostly by linking to fun stuff and other people’s sites (with a minimal amount of pimping my own project). So I think this time around I am going to disappear. I’ll update my personal Facebook page or my personal twitter account, but anything to do with this site will stay dormant for a week (or so).
I want to try something new this time around though. I am going to set the front page of my site to give a random letter. Rather than picking something out of my “best of” and rerunning that or rather than finding something topical or posting something new I am just going to let the site pick. I want to see what kind of influence this has on traffic. I don’t expect it to fall off much at all.
Don’t worry, I’ll be back. I enjoy being online too much to part ways with it forever.
If this plays out the way I think it will I’ll probably end up doing it more often.
Christopher L. Jorgensen
p.s. My sabbatical will start Oct. 28th and go until I get some decent letters in. I promised I’ll spend my time away actually writing and being productive. Or maybe I’ll just fuck off for a week.
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Ames, IA 50010