Shooting at Digg and Reddit

One month ago I didn’t know anything about the social news sites like digg or reddit. For my bookmarks I am using del.icio.us for quite a while now, but those combined services where new to me. So during the last couple of weeks I had a shot at both of them and was eager to see what would happen.

  • First shot at diggThe Biology behind Red-Green Color Blindness. As digg is more technology related it is hard to find anything about color blindness which can fit in. But they have a also a science category used for many not technology related articles. After posting it I received a lot of traffic in the first couple of hours. I received about 20 extra visits through digg and some even dugg it. But after that I disappeared in the backyard and that was it.
  • Second shot at diggSupporting a Colorblind Husband. I couldn’t resist and tried it out a second time. Maybe the reason that this time almost nothing happend was that I posted it for people living in the US in the middle of the night or the topic was just veeeery boring (although I quite like it :-). The extra visits I received through digg can be counted on one hand.
  • Third shot this time at reddit5 Misbeliefs about Color Blindness. After the second try on digg I didn’t expected a lot. But I wanted to try it out anyway. This time the post was maybe a bit more adapted to such social services and the return was tremendous. First day around 160 extra visits! Second day going down to about 40 extra visits and it is still drippleing after four days. To me – unbelievable. Even some visitors gave me a point what kept me a bit longer on the lists.

It was a good experience although I didn’t receive any comments and almost all visitors just had a look at the posted article and backed out again. Maybe some visitors subscribed to my feed as I have a few more.

Conclusion: As soon as I have something important to say again I’ll have another shot — at reddit.