[C-C-Combo Breaker] Getting More Popular

It’s not good basing your self worth on external factors. That includes the approval of loved ones, friends, or acquaintances, and especially random strangers on social media, because all of these could change. Friends or acquaintances could drift away and current successes could be humble a year from now. Let’s ride this little wave of dopamine by exploring ideas, including mixing up the Better Zombie format in the future, with the intent of exploring popularity.

I’ll start with my current most popular 10 tweets before digging in further:

  1. Concert review [and photo] of Less Than Jake [3,312 views]
  2. Rowing update [429]
  3. Rowing update [300]
  4. Rowing update [209]
  5. Concert review of Goldfinger [205]
  6. Concert review of Strung Out [204]
  7. Concert review of Bad Religion [171]
  8. Rowing photo [165]
  9. Videogame review of Bastion [152]
  10. Book quote: “Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man, and writing an exact man.” – Francis Bacon [132]

It’s impermanent.

That popularity was due to a popular band showing off my photo. A handful of those 3,312 views might check out more of my content. My concert photo of Martin Leung, the Video Game Pianist, is the thumbnail for a video that’s been seen 14,074 times now. That is one of my more popular concert reviews here, so that counts for something.

I’m slowly starting to shift efforts.

My primary focus, for a majority of my free time over the better part of the last year, was writing the best content I could. I might try to find a balance between content generation and content promotion: using this website as an uncensored platform for me to express myself on my terms, then using social media as a promotion augmentation.

This includes a few changes.

My biggest format change was to the venerable concert reviews. Instead of rambling nonfiction concert narrations, the concert reviews are now succinct compilations. The late Summer compilation helped me figure out the format, and while working on Fall #1, I realized I could use social media to host my photos and micro-reviews.

Naturally, I realized I wasn’t limited to just concert micro-reviews.

My succinct videogame reviews have been catching some interest. I don’t have the time, skill, or interest to invest hours of time into myriad videogames, so reviewing their first 30 minutes is a good compromise. Once I establish a solid routine for both concert and videogame reviews, I’ll expand out into anime and album reviews.

These review and rowing posts are all building internal routines.

Just as I need to express my thoughts through reviews, and I want to continually motivate myself to row by writing about the process (just as I would draw while sitting on my rowing machine, if drawing were my thing), by figuring out internal routines that work for me, I can then express them externally to see popularity growth.

I’ve tried social media marketing and never saw a decent return on investment. My content was never fully authentic because I don’t frequent Instagram and it always pointed here.

Developing these internal routines gradually, then, might be best for getting more popular.

My big goal is writing. My most important goal is writing "The Story." All other goals should work toward that central goal. My proudest moment is the most recent time I overcame some fear, which should have been today. I'm a better zombie than I was yesterday. I'm not better than you and you're not better than me. Let's strive to be better every day.