Indicators that are not

Indicators that are not

I had an interesting dialogue with Rebel Brown. She responded to one of my comments by writing "I don't post based on when I'll get the most views @Ali Anani I post when my heart leads me to write and share. And I only write one post a day max because I want to give it the attention it deserves". I responded "I only write when I feel the passion @Rebel Brown. I have so many ideas on the shelf. When I only have the passion to write and the feelings it has something to add to the reader I do. BTW_ rarely I have published more than one post a day. I don't have a calendar on when to publish. As soon as I have finished with the post I publish. Posts of value will get their credit".

I dialogue triggered the idea of this post. If an author writes an unconventional idea that negates the prevailing understandings, will it be highly commented on and will it attract many views? The present value of an idea might be obscured and may be discarded or looked at so lowly to warrant commenting on. How many scientific novel findings were rejected and their authors were forced to publish them in less than prime journals?

A n unfamiliar idea might be correct; but its timing could be wrong. A familiar idea may stay alive for long times so that people feel they own them. They defend them without real thinking and are mostly driven by their unquestionable beliefs. Didn't Socrates lead people astray for more than one thousand years that our earth consists of four materials, including air. It was only when Priestly discovered oxygen that this belief was shattered.

Indicators that are not

This is the paradox. Some authors get few views and others may be getting thousands of them. The one that is getting few could be the novel one. The number of views doesn't reflect the value of the post. In fact, sometimes the least number of views a post gets the more novel it could be. So, if readers disagree with an author it could be a disrupting idea in the horizon. The present value of the post as reflected by the number of views is different than a later date when this post could attract thousands of views because the world awakened to its value.

The story of beBee could serve an example. BeBee was started by few pioneers and I am quite certain they received many negative feedbacks. It was like an orphaned idea. The persistence of the pioneers rewarded them by getting millions of members and early adopters in one year. These pioneers still have the challenge to cross the chasm and penetrate many markets such as the USA. Once they do, late adopters shall pour in.

A novel post is a mini story of beBee. It is a fractal story on a lower scale. beBee didn't care for the number of supporters it had at the beginning and great posts should not be frustrated by low number of views. In fact this could be signaling at the birth of something of great hidden value.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#12
The spreading wisdom of Glenn Melcher "The truth is we can't possibly know what we don't know"..

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
#11 Basically, I have read almost all your posts Milos Djukic,. I shall check the one on leadership I I agree with your comment. If there no criticism and only bright ones- then our eyes and mind shall dazzle seeing things from one direction. It is monochromatic thinking and is risky.

Glenn Melcher

Glenn Melcher

5 years ago #9

Really nice insight Ali Anani If your shared insight helps but only one individual, he or she will be better as a result of that discourse.. The truth is we can't possibly know what we don't know.. Thank you for all you do.. Kind Regards, Glenn Melcher

Milos Djukic

Milos Djukic

5 years ago #8

#7
Dear Ali Anani, thank you, brilliant analysis! I couldn't agree more with you ("This is a dynamic process"). All of this is normal and desirable, even a sharp disagreement or to lose some readers.. I do not want everyone to have the same opinion. I'm sharp interlocutor and very often I have publicly stated my critical and dissenting opinions here and on LI.. But sometimes superficial comment is also a comment, I try to respect every form of communication. I know. sometimes it is not easy. I always try to encourage some critical discussions, but then again it is a special kind of art in social media Did you read my article entitled: "Leadership and Successful Human Conversations"?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
Your highlighting of relevant points in comments is commendable Sara Jacobovici. Great effort and I appreciate it greatly

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

5 years ago #6

I echo your readers when they communicate: William King - "Writing is a joy." There is always the organic side to this virtual reality of social media; the times when it is best to publish, the number of likes and so on are fine as far as information is concerned but not reflective of the butterfly effect potential. I always refer back to the why I write and enjoy the learning, engagement and the meeting of very interesting individuals.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#4
Deb Lange- you wrote "perhaps with bee bee we can allow each other the freedom to share an idea and have it built on, seeded, connected with another idea so that it germinates into something new". I believe this value should be kept in mind. We may not wait for an idea to be crystal pure to publish it. It could be purified and developed by others. Ideas react with ideas like molecules react with molecules. Quite often we get new products by using two common, but incompatible molecules. I gave few examples in my previous post. The same logic extends to ideas. Two ideas from two different and foreign hives may react to give an unexpected new idea and beBee is the platform for doing this. Deb- very proud I am to exchange ideas with you.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
Milos Djukic- your fertile mind brings to mind two important issues. The first- what you directly mentioned " I will become a bit clearer and much closer to some people, while simultaneously I will dissociate from some people: This is a hugely important point. You gain and you lose readers. This is a dynamic process. The question is why do we lose some readers. This is a post on its own. I lost some readers because I refused to be an "advertising channel" for their posts. I lost some because I criticised politely few of their ideas. I lost some because I noticed they liked some of my posts. Then the post reached say 30 likes I noticed a constant trend: the counter dropped two likes. I decided to cross likes and repeatedly the same two authors removed their likes. This behavior I still have no explanation for. The second issue is we don't only write posts as we also write comments. An honest author shall write honest comments. I hate comments that you can tell they are repeated for all posts and are of general content "I thank you for writing this great post and sharing it". Next week you shall get same comment. I stop reading for authors who make repeating comments because they lose my trust. Milos- you prompted me to write more than I wanted to.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
That explains why you quickly a big discovery on beBee dear Anees Zaidi. You have good writing habits coupled with passion, knowledge and care for the reader

Milos Djukic

Milos Djukic

5 years ago #2

There are really a limited number of fertile authors whose articles retain high quality during prolonged time.(Ali Anani is one of them); Writing is a joy. I am sure that "so much in there" remains after written words. An integral part of β€œWriting is a Joy” concept is to control own vanity and overblown self-regard. Post - writing activities and fruitful discussions are the true harbinger of "WE" progress. I don't ever write by dictate or with a particular large audience in mind. If I manage to stay true to myself in writing, I will become a bit clearer and much closer to some people, while simultaneously I will dissociate from some people. - .from "I'll be Back, Innovation in Self Leadership", LI long-form post

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
I am glad this posts resonates with you dear William King shall thrive upon reading your comment as well. Yes, the stored value of a buzz might by far exceed what the number of views reflect. I believe this is a distorted indicator.

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