Is your tv watching you?

My wife and I sometimes sit down and watch Netflix or recorded TV shows in the evening. Last night we were getting ready to sit down and relax and were trying to figure out what night a show we were watching aired. We both realized that we didn’t remember what night the show was on. With the DVR, we don’t watch TV on the night it airs anymore. When I was a kid, and you missed a show, you waited until it replayed in the summer. If you didn’t catch it in the summer, you had to wait until the show was syndicated. Now you watch shows when you want to watch them. That was my leaping off point for today’s technology wander, what is coming that will change entertainment.

A few months ago, I talked about televisions going away. The reaction from a lot of people was that it made them nervous. I suspect your TV is still going away. The future of entertainment work is the same as the Web Meeting world. The cell phone is the future. If you consider what the cell phone represents now, compared to what it was 20 years ago, the change is fantastic. I won’t spend a lot of time on the reality of the change. First off, the original cellular phones were using CDMA technology. The range of those original radios was far, but the overall ability of the phone to hand off to a second tower wasn’t great. Back in the first days of cell phones, we lost calls a lot.

The rise of digital changed and allowed people to call on their cell phones but also get an email. Now people can operate and use web meetings no matter where they are. The tether that used to be the desk is slowly going away. The chain that used to be the TV in the living room is going to go away as well gradually. The tether of the future may be the phone you have in your pocket now. You can get a projector that plugs into your phone and allows you to create a personal medical experience anywhere. From live television (sporting events) to the movies we enjoy. We’ve spent the last five years moving to smart TVs. I wonder if we will end up moving too quick connections on TV’s that aren’t smart in the future.

Tomorrow is always interesting to look at!

But, the fun of this is sharing and saying what o you think?

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Dog collar GPS…

I am taking a break from making writing sites a better series for a few days. It gets boring for me, and I am sure others!

Based on my rules, I don’t review technologies that I didn’t purchase myself. My rationale for that is that I don’t want to be influenced by things given to me. So I won’t mention the company (there are many in the space); instead, I will talk about the product and my exposure/experience with that product. I also won’t include a rating at the end. I reserve that for technologies that I am doing a full review of that technology. This disclaimer is essential as it is the rules of my review process, and I am cautious about sticking to those rules.

A long time acquaintance (not a friend just someone I’ve known a long time) is working for a new company. He is an IoT or Internet of Things person. They, the company asked him to join a new group they were forming. It was literally to create a unique dog collar GPS experience. He and I worked at the same company many years ago, and he reached out to a bunch of us that used to talk about our dogs all the time at events. He asked us if we would be willing to use this product for 60 days.

Most of us said sure. The solution, for now, is a GPS clip you put on your dog’s collar. In my case, my dog and I walk every day. So over the 60 days, I was able to send the company maps of where my dog walked and where I walked; it was interesting because, in some cases, the GPS for the dog collar got easily confused. So the data of where my dog walked could be off by as much as 200 more meters. That isn’t bad when you are walking around. That is bad when you are looking for a lost dog.

The company was going to work on the overall accuracy. I did like their software a lot. The next thing is they will ask me what I would pay for such a device. That is a much harder question answered! My dog isn’t likely to run away so the technology isn’t a great fit. But if they make the GPS more accurate, it is possible i might use it!

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Making writing sites better

Well begun, Mary Poppins said, is half done.

We have several authors posting, and from what I hear, there are several posts in the queue awaiting moderation as we move through the overall improvement of the site. I will share the link to the last two posts about ways to bring new authors onto the site. One of the proposals (the first one) is being dropped because there were several authors concerned with that one. A few authors agreed with it but didn’t feel they knew any other writers to nominate, so in the end, it is going away.

The Three Options are

  1. Reopen referral links, and the referring author then vouches for the new writer.
  2. Replacing inactive (2.5 or more years) authors with new authors
  3. They are having a vetting process (the new author submits their first two posts) before they are allowed on the site.

The first one is the one that has the most objection, so it is gone. I will share numbers 2 and 3. I am interested in your thoughts on these two options. Which one do you think is the best option. Or, as has been the case for the past and will be going forward, if you have a better idea, please share that better idea with the community.

So today, modifying the poll to have this one is interesting; this one is the best option going forward. Yes and no is too hard to interpret. If you feel like there is another way that would be better, please respond to the third poll question, and then in the comments, add the other way we could add new authors to our site. The more content we get published, the more views we will have. The more views, the happier the admins will be, and the more revenue the site will have.

Link to other posts

https://virily.com/virily_poll/making-writing-sites-better-getting-big-air/

https://virily.com/virily_poll/an-idea-that-could-be-a-way-to-add-new-authors/

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Making writing sites better

I got several good suggestions yesterday for ways we could support the admins in adding new users. I will put all three into the poll today and let people vote. As a long time IT person, I know that there are two parts to every system. The first part is the design/build/administer side. The second side is the user side. The relevance of this is that Admins understand how the system was designed and what it does. What the admins don’t always know is how users interact with the system. That is the driver and has been the driver for me, charging the improvements we would like. In recap, we’ve submitted 17 improvements to the site we all use since July 2019.

The admin team has implemented 8 of our asks so far. The last one that was implemented was removing the downvote from comments when a non-member was downvoting posts as many as 40 times. The admin team is responding to our asks. The last big asks were for communication (which we have been asking for since July 2019 and before that), removing the WTF option in emojis, and returning edit and draft functionality. The goal is to make this site more comfortable to use for all users, not anyone users. The other thing is that when I share these things, they are observations. It doesn’t matter to me if you read them and say it doesn’t matter to me, or if you read them and say yes, that is the way I want to do it.

These are my observations of the site and how it is operating. I have worked on and with some of the largest companies on the planet building IT solutions. I have redesigned how banks communicate. I have more than 30 years of experience. But, as I said, it is merely an observation of mien. You will not hurt my feelings if you ignore the comment. Because it is an observation. I work very hard to help anyone that asks for help. But I don’t help people that don’t want help. I have gotten responses from the admins a few times above the last four months. One of the things they have sent me twice is, “we are swamped. We do not have time to manage users on the site” That was sent to me four times.

The admin team isn’t going to take on new responsibilities to fix old problems.

My dad always said if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

So if you don’t like any of the three suggestions, time to get rolling! Come up with a 4th, and we will discuss it!

Vote yes for the one you like!!!

Previous post

https://virily.com/virily_poll/an-idea-that-could-be-a-way-to-add-new-authors/

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making writing sites better

One of the things we need badly (beyond faster post moderation) is new authors. But there is a risk if we ask the admins to allow new authors. That risk is that well; anyone can join. However, I had an idea ( I have been thinking about this). We used to have referrals to her eon Virily. What if we go back to having the references with one additional piece, if the person you refer doesn’t follow the simple rules laid out for the site, you lose your status (if you are verified, you lose that, if you aren’t tested, you go to the bottom of the SLA for your posts being moderated). It is a simple system, and other than the one or possibly two no votes I know of, what do the rest of you think?

I have been watching the site, and in particular, I am watching those who post five or more posts every single day. Just doing that (assuming a 30 day month) every single month gets you 3000 virils. If anyone reads and comments, you are well past 5000 virils a month without having to say or interact with other authors on the site. The exciting thing I’ve noticed as well is that the people post 5 or 6 posts a day also wouldn’t qualify if there were a minimum of 150 words in a post required. The majority of their jobs would be gone. To be precise – if you post three posts in a day and one has four lines of text, that is fine. But if you are posting five a day, none of which even has 100 words that don’t feel fair to me. But I am open to a conversation about that.

I will end where I began. When it comes to asking and adding new members, would you be willing to invite people? I haven’t for a long time, but I would now be prepared. Based on nominating a new member, are you ready to take the hit, that if that person doesn’t adhere to community standards? I know so many people that would be great additions that I would happily do that. But it is something to consider. I suspect the admin team has held off inviting new users because they can’t control who joins. Based on that, I came up with this idea. I do not think this is the only solution possible, so as is the tradition when I do these posts, what do you think?

What works for adding new writers here on Virily?

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Making writing sites better

Nearly two years ago, Albert H. and I had a long discussion in comments about the reality of the time of day for posting. Back then, honestly, fewer people posted multiple posts a day every day. That number has increased (authors who publish more than four posts a day every single day). The problem is that we aren’t seeing the interaction that we need on the site for everyone to be able to make money. There are many of us who carry on long conversations in comments trying to help other authors. But for the most part, people aren’t commenting as they did in the past. I truly understand the loss of virils from commenting on other people’s posts is frustrating.

But I did want to make sure that people understood a little of the way for that change. Some people comment on many posts but never respond to the author. They swoop in like a seagull and leave. They are the harvesters in the sense that they get what they want from a many gaining virils quickly perspective but don’t contribute to the community. Watch for them; they are still on the site. The admins decided to end that behavior by rewarding more community-focused conversations. I do agree with everyone that it is frustrating, but if you want to earn more here, it is merely the time to converse! Please leave a note for the author telling them you stopped by. But when they reply to you, take the time to have the conversation.

Some so many authors have fantastic conversations on the site. It is joy sometimes to have those conversations! It is the primary reason I continue to stop by the website. I enjoy the interaction with so many other people. I love getting their point of view and evaluating if there is more for me to consider. I came up with a bunch of fun things to add or to write about if anyone wants to use them!

  • Sharing is caring (push posts to social)!
  • My comment thread is deeper than yours!
  • I converse because I care
  • Hit reply, and away we go!

Sorry, I can’t help with the dadism. I got a book when my daughter was born that said how to be a dad. The first thing it said was, “in all cases, use dadisms!”

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Making writing sites better

If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem.

First of all, the views have stabilized. They are better now than they were a month ago, but worse than they were back in October. We’ve had several authors leave in that period, all of whom drove a lot of other posts and views. (Alex Ledante, Albert H.W. are two examples). Based on the lost new posts from those two and a few other authors that have left, we are down overall. That is, of course, a massive concern because making up authors who averaged 30 to 50 views a day is challenging. However, after three months of using my new concept, I can honestly tell you that it works. If you do the simple things, I have been writing about for the past three months work!

  1. Try to comment on as many posts as you can.
  2. If someone comments on your post, reply!
  3. Make sure you take the time to reply to all replies, even if it is not your post!

Here is the reality of what communities have to do. We have to work together. If someone comments on a post that makes you uncomfortable – report the post. If someone sends you a PM that makes you awkward report that author. We, as a community has to move forward positively. #letsgooutwithabang. If we want to continue, we have to work together.

As my father taught me, if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem!

I will end with this fascinating cautionary tale. Yes, upvotes and downvotes are interacting with a post when you don’t comment though you take something from the author. If you downvote someone’s posts and then say “don’t interact with me,” you show a side of yourself that isn’t what you want the world to think of you. That behavior (I can do it but you can’t) isn’t practical and doesn’t help the community at all.

Simply sometimes, saying I am sorry takes away a lot of mistakes, right?

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Making writing sites better

The impact of social media. First of all, I watch my social shares for my posts and the posts of others. In part because of this series and in part because I am inquisitive about which one has the most significant impact.

  1. Views by various social sites (all numbers are over two hours)
  2. Reddit                1-5 new views
  3. Mix                     3 to 5 new views
  4. Facebook            10-30 new views
  5. Twitter               15-30 new views
  6. Tumblr               2-5 new views
  7. Patron                0 (but Patron uses twitter to share)

So, first off, Mix had a security issue for the past two months, I’ve only been able to share to Mix again for the past week. So the numbers are raw there. One of the things I have noticed is that views are, as I said yesterday, picking up a little. I have also noted that for my posts on Facebook, if my friends start commenting on the job, then the views go way up.

Nobody should feel like they have to share – this is merely recounting what I have discovered based on my observations throughout the last month. There are so many things we can each do that benefits, other authors!

Some authors have shared posts with embedded links to other authors’ works!

Some authors go out of their way to comment on all the posts they open!

I am proud of our community. We can bring back the glory days from a year ago! 

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Making writing sites better

Do you know who moves your posts? For example, I’ve had two posts in the last two weeks that blew up on Facebook (between 30 and 40 comments on Facebook for the post). Both of those have over 300 views here on the site. So Facebook continues to drive views. I am currently unable to share posts on Mix, so I cannot report on the impact of Mix. Neither Patron nor Reddit has significant effects. I will say the upsetting thing for me regarding Reddit is that it now often considers our site a spam site and only allows you to share in your area. I have continued to use MeWe and do see some engagement from that location. But to date, the majority of my views I generate form Twitter and Facebook.

I have also noticed that when I share the exciting posts of other authors, the views for that author goes up. I started tracking the impact of social media on the site more than three years ago when considering the movers on the site. Some have high earned points, and those who generate points for others. The ones that help others are the ones that we all need to applaud right now. They are the drivers of the site for the rest of us now! You will know when one of the movers hits your posts. You will see between 30 and 50 additional views on the job. That is very important in the sense that it means you can see the impact of them visiting your site.

The social media data I collect shows that there are several movers on the site. But right now, the rate to 100 views, which is my first metric tracked on the site, has decreased again (and that is a really good thing). We have moved from Between 34 to 36 hours to get 100 views to now around 28 hours. The other good news is that most commented, remains low, but now at least we see trending or hot posts (up arrow or red flames) on those two most commented posts. That had been gone since April in the sense that you made those lists, and your post had 20=40 views only. It used to be that if you made most commented, you gained 20 to 40 pictures. Now, that has dropped to about 20.

Things are stable for now; they haven’t gone down!

I would say watch who is commenting on your posts. Then watch the views. Those who are sharing and bringing other authors to increase your views! If they do, then you know who is sharing your posts and bringing opinions to you!

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Making writing sites better

Let’s go out with a bang!

No one should ever message you on this site, telling you that you should comment on their posts.

No one should ever message you and call you names or other disparaging remarks.

If they do, report them at supprot@virily.com!

Let’s go out with a bang!

Today I am going to talk about three different things everyone can do. There are three distinct ways anyone can help any other author.

  1. Leave a comment; no one is asking you to write a three-volume book, leave a comment that says I enjoyed your post.
  2. Join a challenge and be part of the broader community
  3. Share the works of others on various social sites.

Do any one or two of these, and you are helping the site. Do all three, and you are a member of the first egg club! We are a community; we can control our destiny, LET’s GO OUT WITH A BANG! (or better yet let’s turn the ship and not have to go out at all)!

IF we all focus on helping other authors, they will, over time, begin to help us. The reality of this site right now is that we have a vast number of external views that keep the site alive. But external opinions don’t help authors on the site directly. They help the site and, by default, that allows the authors. I know a lot of people are angry about not getting virils for commenting on the works of others. I do genuinely understand that anger. But, when you don’t say, you hurt the author, not the site. The site has a vast number of external views now. Some authors routinely generate more than 400 views per post in ten days. That is a huge revenue number for the site.

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