So there I was two days ago after posting my latest article, "5 Most Anticipated Mac Apps of 2008" and I watched as my article died. It had hit the front page, then the top columnists list then bounced off to be solely featured in the technology section until it disappeared from there too. So that was it, the article was dead.
More than likely you know what I am talking about. You too have probably watched as your article dies. Sure, they had a good run. They received a decent amount of votes and there was good discussion in the comments section, but now the party is over and everyone has moved on. Now what?
There is no cause for depression or sorrow when your article dies, alas lets look at this event as an opportunity, an opportunity to further intrench yourself in the Newsvine community. So lets review a short list of suggests for what to do when your blog dies.
1. Review your success
Introspection is vital to the success of any good writer. When your article dies it is important to take a bit of time and analyze what made that particular post worthwhile. Take a look at the comments, what did you learn from the discussion? Ask yourself if there are any new ideas that came to fruition throughout this process. See if there was some aspects of the post which could have been cut and learn what can make your next post better.
Basically when your article dies it is a good time to chill out for a minute. Some feel the rush of success and want to get their hands right back on the key board, but your next post might be better if it is left to ferment in your mind for a time. Don't jump the gun just yet. The readers are out there and will wait patiently for your next post.
2. Water the seeds
Chances are that while your article was making noise in the Newsvine community you neglected other articles and seeds in order to participate in the discussion of your own article. Well that's cool, but now your article is dead so go be a responsible Viner and start enhancing the community, it's your civic duty.
Specifically, browse around seeds and seed articles yourself. Often seeds go unattended within Newsvine, with only a few successful seeds coming around each day. I pondered this same topic in this post, but I would like to hash it out a bit more here.
Personally, I try to post twice as much seeds as articles I write. I'll be honest, I'm not the greatest writer in the world (I know, I know...I was surprised to learn this as well) and there is a lot of interesting content out there that the NV community deserves to see. This being the case it is important to seed those articles to NV. Don't be lazy, we are counting on you.
Additionally, browse through your friends list and check out the seed portion of the different categories of Newsvine. Make sure to vote and/or comment of the seeds that you feel show potential. It will make the seeder feel good and potentially get a fresh new seed out to those who need to read it.
In essence, water those seeds.
Post after post have shown Newsvine as a great social network for mature, interesting communication. Now that your article has died take a look at some of the other articles out there. There is always chatter about lurkers within the NV community. Combat this problem by not being a part of it.
If you see an article you like, take the time to at least read the lead. Furthermore, if you have read (and liked) the lead and first couple of graphs then go ahead and vote for the article. I really think that far too many articles don't get the votes they deserve. I believe that you can vote for an article even if your not saying to yourself "OMG! I LOVE IT SO MUCH! I WANT THE WORLD TO KNOW, I'M VOTING!"
Seriously, an article doesn't have to give you a mental orgasm to be vote-worthy. Did the author have a good point? Was it not a complete waste of your time? Did you read the lead?
If you answered yes to at least one of these questions then go ahead and vote for the article. I'm not saying you have to comment with words of encouragement. All I am saying is that you not be a lurker and take literally 2 seconds to vote.
4. Take a vacation
Yes, a vacation. It could be a literal vacation to Florida or Vegas, or just a walk to the living room from the office. You have officially spent too much time on Newsvine. I'm not joking. You have written an article, engaged with your readers, reflected on your post, seeded links, voted on seeded links, voted on other articles, and now you need a break.
Trust me, it is important to take some time away from Newsvine otherwise you will get burnt out and your Newsvine contributions will take a turn for the worse. This is a terrible thing especially since you just had a successful article (which is now dead).
Truthfully, taking a bit of a break has innumerable advantages.
5. Write another article
Alright, now that steps 1-4 are out of the way it is time to get back in the game. Your old article is dead, the only way people are going to see it now is randomly though searching or on your column. So now it is time to give birth to a new article. It will live, be great, and die like your last one in which case you can repeat these steps.