Hello everyone! It's been a week since we've launched the Neatorama Upcoming Queue and I'd like to give you all a little update.
Since we launched on January 26, we've had about 400 blog posts submitted, of which about 125 were promoted to the front page. Obviously some submissions are of low quality (spam and copy&paste jobs) and many don't have the appropriate format, but a success rate of 30% is darn good! Furthermore, what we're asking you to do isn't easy: the Upcoming Queue isn't a simple link submission - we're asking you to write a whole blog post! But I'm not suprised, really, because Neatoramanauts are smarter than the average bear!
If you own a blog, and have unique and original posts, I highly encourage you to submit a post on the Upcoming Queue. As Daniel Scocco of Daily Blog Tips wrote earlier this week, a front page link from Neatorama is worth thousands and thousands of visitors.
The throughput from the Upcoming Queue is actually more than the output of all of Neatorama's authors on a daily basis. We actually had to throttle the Queue back a little, lest the front page is totally overwhelmed with posts. I'm sure that we'll find a good number of new posts published daily that will keep you coming back regularly to find new stuff, without being overwhelmed by new posts.
As with any new (and beta) projects, there are bound to be hiccups. Early last week, our database server tripped over itself - the first outage of its sort since we upgraded our hardware. I hope that the fix we did will prevent this sort of things from happening again.
There are also two general areas that we need to improve:
- Format of the blog submissions
Despite having a "Please write this in your own words, do not copy and paste" request in the submission page, some of you insist on copying and pasting stuff straight from your blog or website. This leads to incorrectly formatted post (HTML codes showing), so don't copy and
With over 18,500 posts on Neatorama, it's not easy to remember what has been on the blog before (heck, even I don't remember!). It's best to search the blog first to see if something has been posted before, but I do understand that a lot of things we covered some years back are suddenly "hot" again.
We try hard not to duplicate posts, but part of the fun of the Upcoming Queue is giving up control over the blog. ;)
Finally, I'd like to reiterate our intention of rewarding, rather than punishing, the top submitters. While we obviously like diversity in the submitter pool, the Pareto Principle (or the 80-20 rule) predicts that only a small minority will put in more time and effort into the Upcoming Queue than the majority of readers - and that's perfectly fine.
So, to repeat the promise: The Top Submitter of February 2009 will win a Free iPod Touch, and the rest of the Top 10 Submitters (also listed on the sidebar of the Upcoming Queue) will get a free Neatorama T-Shirt. Want yours? Start by submitting your posts. It's easy and fun!