Learning and Drawing

Find mandalas like this one on my YouTube channel

Things have continued to be busy at the Hermit Hut. I am still working, though Spring Break can’t get here fast enough! I am still drawing and still trying to grow my fledgling YouTube channel.

It’s always fascinating to me how much I don’t know when I start a new project. I mean, I jumped into starting this YouTube channel, and in just a few weeks, have discovered how much I don’t know about how YouTube works.

I thought blogging experience, SEO knowledge, and things like that would carry over. Turns out, not so much. :/ I mean, I understand more of the jargon than some people (I hope, anyway), so I think I have a leg up there, but delving into tags, keywords, analytics, etc. – it’s enough to make my head spin.

While I continue to plug away creating content and learning as I go, I am trying to remind myself to be patient. Rome wasn’t built in a day, right? I do, however, have days where I feel like I’m stumbling around in the dark. Just finding other channels to follow – other artists, people who draw mandalas – has been hard. My YouTube search-fu is apparently lacking.

So, I am trying to be kinder to myself and remember all those clichés –

Everyone has to start somewhere.

It takes time to build something good.

Turkey is better than ham. (Maybe that’s just my stomach and not a cliché. I can’t remember.)

In any event, I continue to draw, both here and over on YouTube. I’ve actually drawn a lot of mandalas, now that I stop to think about it. 20-some YouTube videos and over 80 mandalas here – so I am over that 100 mandala mark. 😀

I am getting faster at drawing (I hope that’s a good thing), which means I am drawing more mandalas in less time. I’m happy with the results – I hope you enjoy them, too. Head on over to YouTube, watch a couple of videos, and if you would be so kind, give me a thumbs up and subscribe if you like what you see. I’m off to draw some more!

Reposting Etiquette?

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One of the things that is always stressed to bloggers is to write ‘evergreen’ content – content that is generally ‘timeless’ and generally useful, in order to keep traffic coming to your blog.

It does work, and I strive to write some of that ‘evergreen’ content on my own blog.  However, I recently came across an issue with this ‘evergreen’ content that I hadn’t encountered before.

I was reading a thoughtfully written post, and I wanted to comment on some of the things that were written because I had some personal experience with the topic.  The post was new, just posted that day, and it already had hundreds of comments and likes.  Great!  The blogger must be doing a good job, and I was excited to post something into what seemed like a busy community on the blog.

So I was confused when I scrolled down to comment and discovered that the comments were over a year old.

What?

Why would I want to comment on a post that was written over a year ago?  I mean, I could just leave a comment, but for me, the point of commenting is to try and build a community and interact with them.  On a post that’s over a year old, who’s still paying attention?  In today’s social media/instant gratification world, I have my doubts that anyone would be.

It got me thinking.  While I want that ‘evergreen’ content to keep people finding and returning to my blog, I don’t want my readers to feel like I did after my experience.

I felt – tricked.  If I had known from the beginning that I was reading an old post, I would likely still have read it and perhaps returned to read other things, knowing that I might find some new gems from this blogger.

But since it appeared the post was freshly published, it seemed a bit shady to republish something a year old and make it look like a new post.  If the blogger wanted to re-post it, why not just add a blurb at the beginning about it being an older post?  Or write a new post that links back to the old content?

I know a lot of bloggers share older content on social media and I think that’s fine, as it generally is apparent once you go to the post that it is older content.  But again, the way this post was handled, I ended up feeling tricked and unfollowed the blog because of it. Maybe it’s just my background in education, but not having a date on content is a pet peeve of mine.  If I’m looking something up, many times the information is time-dependent.  For instance, if I want to look up a comparison between Verizon and Sprint, a post about that from 3 years ago is probably no longer relevant today.

The whole situation just left a bad taste in my mouth and I wondered how other bloggers handled this issue.  How do you feel about this?  Do you re-post old content as if it’s new?  If so, have you ever gotten a bad reaction from a reader?