Hello again, all. I’m going to make it short and sweet today with a little user-participation experiment that I need your help with.
Here’s the problem, although it’s one of those good problems to have. As you know, every day I take one of your emails and turn it into a blog post where I answer your questions, give you advice, etc.
Apparently you guys are liking that, because now I’m getting about 8-10 emails per day. Which is outstanding, because I never have to waste much time figuring out what to write about every day — I’ve always got a ton of backlogged emails available to me.
But it doesn’t take a math genius to figure out that I’m digging myself a hole that’s eventually going to harm both of us — if I’m stacking up 8 emails in reserve for every one that I blog about, then I’ll never get to all of them in a timely fashion, and you’ll never get the answers that you want (and I believe I can give you).
As I think most of you also know, I am the CEO of StraightForward Interactive, so I don’t have time to spend all day, every day, doing these blog posts. However, I do find them a lot more fun that my real job, so I’d like to find a way to justify spending more time answering more questions for you guys every day. And I know that a lot of you would greatly appreciate it if I answered your questions FASTER.
So, how do I do that? Well, obviously I could start charging a small fee to answer your questions within, say, 48 hours — but I don’t know, that would sorta make me feel like a dickhead, to be honest. Can’t rule it out in the future if my daily question load gets up into the 40 or 50+ range, but for now, I don’t feel comfortable asking for that.
HOWEVER, there is one thing that would benefit me greatly that you could perhaps help me out with while keeping your beer money, and that’s linking to this site from your own website, if you have one. (A distant second would be giving me a shout and a link to the site from your Facebook status).
I’m looking to grow the site a great deal (obviously), and I’ll tell you straight out that I would love to set this particular series of events into motion:
a) Get tons and tons more students coming to the site, and then;
b) Increase the advertising revenue to the site by, oh, about a factor of 10
c) Hand off my StraightForward Interactive duties to my partners and answer your questions, give you advice, etc., FULL TIME. (Yes, believe it or not I would love to do this full-time).
So, a GIANT help to me in that regard would be a simple link from your site or blog to outlawstudent.com. That kind of thing really helps out with my search engine rankings, which of course is a great, great leap toward getting a lot more students over to the site.
And in return, I’ll promise to answer your question within, say, 48 hours. Does that sound fair?
And remember, I’m not saying you need to give me a linkback in order to answer your questions AT ALL — I will answer ALL the questions you send me in due time, regardless of whether you link to me, I promise. (I know not everyone has a website or a Facebook account, after all).
What do you guys think of that? Let me know in the comments below, and please give me your answer in my little poll here.
Thanks for supporting me and this site! I appreciate all your questions and I promise to keep giving you the best advice I can. Have a good night!