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I'm tired of the blog tag game — Can we change it?

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For anyone in the blogosphere who has been living under a rock (that must be hard to do at the same time), there is a game of blog tag going on. The idea is, you tell five personal things about yourself and then tag five other bloggers to do the same. June Li tagged me but I am ready to turn the game upside down now. (No offense June, and your article on Mountain Dew not owning their own chatter was excellent.)

Let’s face it, readers really don’t care whether I hate my mother-in-law or that I got kicked out of the sixth grade for telling the teacher that she was wrong. On the other hand, I am dying to know who you all are. (Well, maybe not dying. But certainly, incredibly curious.)

Every once in a while, I find out who reads my blog. Thrice I’ve gotten emails about things that were broken on my blog. Sometimes I find out by seeing myself in another blog. Sometimes I find out through my role in the WAA (I’m co-chair of the marketing committee), and I’ll be going about my WAA business, working with a volunteer who then volunteers, “Hey, I read your blog.” On Friday, someone sent me a RegEx question.

So, in the same vein that Time Magazine voted you Person of the Year — do tell about yourself in the comments. You don’t have to say how you embarrassed yourself in junior high (so what else is new?) or that your boss doesn’t approve of blog-reading time or anything else personal. Just… tell us who you are. But if you don’t know what to say, or just don’t want to say, maybe you will answer some of these questions:

  • What do you like about this blog and/or why do you read it?
  • What do you hate about this blog? (I’m a big girl, I can take it.)
  • Are you more interested in web analytics posts or conversion rate posts?
  • Do you have a Regular Expression that you are trying to figure out (and if so, what is it?)
  • If you are one of a handful of people who come to the blogsite all the time but never subscribe — why not?

Well, that’s five suggestions to my five readers, maybe I can feel like I still played the game.

Robbin Steif
LunaMetrics

Our owner and CEO, Robbin Steif, started LunaMetrics twelve years ago. She is a graduate of Harvard College and the Harvard Business School, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Digital Analytics Association. Robbin is a winner of a BusinessWomen First award, as well as a recent Diamond Award for business leadership. You should read her letter before you decide to work with us.

  • Anonymous

    * What do you like about this blog and/or why do you read it?

    Interested in tips for increasing my site’s conv rate.

    * What do you hate about this blog?

    Nothing. But… I did skip right over the regex entries. Industry news/gossip isn’t my thing either.

    Oh, not too keen on Blogger.com either. Adding a comment is way too much work.

    * Are you more interested in web analytics posts or conversion rate posts?

    Only conversion rate, really.

    * If you are one of a handful of people who come to the blogsite all the time but never subscribe — why not?

    Subscribe? No, I just check a long list of sites every week or so (firefox, bookmarks, open all in tabs).

    Thanks for the blog!
    Jens

  • June Li

    Hey Robbin,
    No offence taken whatsoever, and thank you for the feedback on my Mountain Dew post. I’ll be posting a follow-up on what happened as a result of my tag.

    I like your twist, and here’s my feedback:

    * I like…your conversion case studies the most.
    * I hate…nothing really. About RegEx, you confirmed that I wasn’t getting it for a reason. So I got a book on RegEx (“Beginning Regular Expressions”, by Andrew Watt).
    * Interested in both WA posts and conversion rate.
    * No RegEx issues at this time. Thanks.
    * Not subscribing directly because I use Google Reader, which I believe does not report all subscribers back to you (correct me if I’m wrong).

    Cheers,
    ~June
    http:\clickinsight.blogspot.com

  • http://www.lunametrics.com/blog LunaMetrics Blog

    This is really great (I wish some other people would write too.) Jens, I agree in a big way about Blogger (plus I lose all that link love by having my blog here instead of on my site – watch for a move to WordPress and our http://www.lunametrics.com domain.) Hmm, maybe I should do more conversion analyses.

    You know June, I don’t know about Google Reader but I know the person who does…

    Robbin

  • Tim

    * I like…your critical thinking. You bring a great point of view, particularly regarding non-traditional measures. I also like you flipping the blog tag game on its head.
    * I hate…nothing. Hate is such a strong word. Constructive criticism: more frequent posts (I know, physician, heal thyself ;-). I’m logged in with my Blogger account (which I’m also not a fan of), but I’ve switched to WordPress on my own hosted site
    * Definitely interested in both WA posts and conversion rate.
    * I’m an old Perl guy, but I still appreciated the point of view on RegEx’s. I’m still working on the best places to use them.
    * I subscribe in Bloglines. Great stuff.

  • Anonymous

    I found/find the whole blog tag thing a bit like those email tag “games” that do the rounds every now and then.
    After 15 years of suffering those, I’m just a little over it. 🙂
    The sociological side is interesting – Stephane Hamel’s follow back, as case in point.

    * I’ve said publicly before: What I like is the commonsense advice that isn’t all that common. The, IMHO, very rare combo of business sense with practicality.
    + the RegEx postings. 😉

    * Nothing really. This is the only other blog in the analytics space I read regularly. I think that says it all.

    * Either/Both. Any knowledge gained is good knowledge.

    * Ha! 😉
    Though I will confess to using RegEx’s and the installed system dictionaries to solve letter/word puzzles in the newspapers. That stretches ones skills and abilities in new directions.

    * I subscribe from two locations/PC’s with three readers – dual booting does that to you. Not sure how that messes your numbers up? 🙂

    Me? Do Stuff, Get Paid. Provider/Cook of Chocolate Fudge, Scones, Frosted Banana Cake, Chocolate Caramel Crunch Cheesecake (Baked!) and other assorted goodies for work. Great way to get ones contract renewed each year.
    Driving to work with freshly baked scones on the seat beside oneself is pure mouthwatering torture. How any scones survive the trip is always a mystery to me.

    Cheers!
    – Steve

  • http://www.lunametrics.com/blog LunaMetrics Blog

    Even though I posted another post (for you, Tim, I will try to write more often, and for Jens I will try to write more about conversion), well, event though I wrote again, I hope people will continue to take the Blog Challenge and say what they think.

    June, you are right about Google Reader, I confirmed that one with John Z. at FeedBurner today.

    Robbin

  • Chris Spiek

    Alright, I’ll bite.

    I’ve only recently started reading your blog, but I’ve enjoyed the conversion rate posts. Like Tim, I’ve got a dev background, so I skipped over the regex stuff. I also loved reading the gossip part (mostly because I was a part of it)!

    I don’t hate anything about it, and I’ll spare you the “post more often!” comment. Unless you’re one of the lucky ones that gets to do it as a full time job, it’s not easy blogging all the time.

    I haven’t subscribed because Bloglines keeps me up to date. 🙂

    You’re definitely making a good move switching to WordPress. It’s what we run the Awecomm Web Strategies blog on, and it works well.

  • Daniel Waisberg

    Hi Robbin, following your example, I will change a bit the questions…

    What is your preferred post on this blog? Firefox and Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and free user testing

    What do you hate about this blog?
    It bothers me that it takes so long to upload it completely, I hate the small circle on my Firefox tab!

    What brought you the largest number of times to this blog? The RegEx series brings me constantly to the site to refresh my memory.

    Do you have a Regular Expression that you are trying to figure out (and if so, what is it?) I would love to give you the enormous list I must transform into a regex, but it is too classified 🙁

    If you are one of a handful of people who come to the blogsite all the time but never subscribe — why not? I prefer to visit the site when it is convenient to me. I hate when my Inbox has more than 10 messages.

    Hope that answers some of your questions.

  • Joseph Carrabis

    What do you like about this blog and/or why do you read it? – That it is yours.
    What do you hate about this blog? (I’m a big girl, I can take it.) – Nothing comes to mind.
    Are you more interested in web analytics posts or conversion rate posts? – Neither.
    Do you have a Regular Expression that you are trying to figure out (and if so, what is it?) – “It takes getting to know her (or him).” This is an regularly used expression in English which is near impossible to translate into German…or several other languages, for that matter. You can do it in Gaelic fairly easily but that has more to do with the Gaelic concepts of identity than much else. But you probably don’t mean “regular expressions” the way I do anyway…
    If you are one of a handful of people who come to the blogsite all the time but never subscribe — why not? I do subscribe. Isn’t that what lieges do?

  • Anonymous

    I got to your blog by typing:

    i’m really tired google what should I do?

    into google and hitting “I’m Feeling Lucky”. It is true that I am really tired and depressed and don’t know what to do. Google didn’t help me out much, but I didn’t expect it to anyways, so it’s no big deal. But I can say with some certainty that your blog is not helping me here.

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