15 Responses to “Corpses, Mollusks, and Kinky Sex – How I Won the Blog-Off”

  1. Curtis Chambers Says:

    Quite the marketing strategy. I’m a fan.

  2. jp Says:

    Ellen, this reads like a primer for anyone interested in developing their audience through blogging. What a thorough job you did in presenting your thinking, acting and results!

    Easy to understand how & why you developed your audience. I would like to add that it won’t likely happen overnight for others. However, it can and will happen if they have the discipline to follow your lead.

    Well done.

  3. David Langevin Says:

    Your hook worked. But now I am disappointed to see nothing about kinky sex.

  4. Jos Essers Says:

    Thanks Ellen for sharing this. I learned a lot.
    Jos

  5. Peter Says:

    Man Falls in Love with Ellen: Commands the Dog to Go.

  6. David Weinberg Says:

    Ivy-educated, a Ph.D., computer savvy, a sense of humor – how could the rest of us ever compete with that!

  7. Jeff Allen Says:

    Ellen,

    I’m sorta with D.L. on this one. Is there a distinction between those of us who were attracted to your blog title by the term(s):

    1. “Corpses”
    2. “Mollusks”
    3. “Kinky”
    4. “Sex”

    or one or more combinations of the above?

    You know, it’s the end of the year, and we’ve probably all exceeded our deductibles, but we’ll want to make sure we obtain pre-approved referrals from our ever so profitable private health care insurers. Of course once we seek care, we’ll be deemed to have pre-existing conditions and refused future coverage from corpse, mollusk, kinky and sex therapy specialists… I mean if we go for diagnosis of disorders on all four we could seek treatment for one at a time and get 4x the therapy…

    What to do… what to do…

  8. Margaret Hampton Says:

    What wit, strategy and analysis! The versatility of your intelligence is impressive, merging the creative with the analytical (left brain-right brain mash-up!), and humor with instruction.

    I also learned much about headlines (looking forward to reading more – love the tabloid approach!) and benefited, as pj so aptly put it, from your “primer” on blogging.

    Others uniformly “say” it’s all about quality content, but you actually deliver… engaging us all the way!

  9. Rob Lipman Says:

    Ellen,

    I’d tagged this line a month ago to read, and I’m just getting around to it. First of all – congratulations on beating out those know-nothing punks!

    Second – in Austin, Texas, we really DID have a Transvestite running for mayor. (Google Leslie, Austin Mayor) –
    Third – I need help – fast! With designing a social networking program for a new product. I’m going to try to find you on Linked In (where you can also find me) – I know the basics, but I don’t have the time to learn what you know. Hope to hear from you soon.

  10. Nadia M. Says:

    Brilliant! Intelligent! Witty! Delightful!
    Bravo, I spent a great moment reading you.
    Nadia

  11. Jeff Fischer Says:

    You have a catch line that everyone who blogs should keep in mind: Thank You For Clicking.

  12. Jim Walker Says:

    Great read.

  13. Janet Finkel Says:

    Loved your post!

    Cornell ’84 here. . . a refugee from the bitchy worlds of magazine publishing, beauty and design!

  14. Dan Ruchman Says:

    Ellen:

    Great primer on blogging.

    My 3 takeaways:

    1) Hook ’em with kinky sex.

    2) Hold ’em with talk of giant clams and truffles.

    3) Keep your blog smelling fresh!

    I can’t wait til you bring all these disparate stories and headlines together into a magnum opus. I’m expecting something like, “Adorable Chocolate Hamster Corpse Found in Nude Transvestite Blogger’s Locker, Obama’s Giant Portuguese Clam Suspected”; or maybe “Kinky Giant Thai Clam Ate 7 out of 10 Bankers Smelling Like Fresh Truffled Mezzo-Sopranos in Peach Lockers”.

    Nude adorable clams aside, it really was a great piece.

    You hit all the key points about pulling readers in, exciting them with a panoply of ideas and phrases and links to other places, and turning them into fans . . . while incidentally making a strong case for the power of experimentation in finding your groove.

    Ellen, good stuff — thanks!

    Dan


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