If you look at my stats and use them as any indication of the ‘success’ of the Facebook rollout at Triond then it will take a miracle for the writers of Triond to see the move to social-networking-only commenting as successful. Indeed, if my graph of traffic trends were the stock market’s performance graph, then the market would be experiencing a catastrophic downturn.
It may be a new direction for Triond in many ways, but there is no denying that it’s a new direction for established Triond writers. If current trends became permanent, established Triond writers will need to modify how they utilize Triond or abandon it all together in light of greener pastures.
“Try und try und try und you don’t get anywhere”
For Triond, this is just another shift that will correct itself in the near future. There could be a consistent influx of new excited writers the social networking commenting scheme develops. This could be a culling of more established writers who Triond sees itself becoming more reliant on in the future because of incoming traffic.
Being established now with a substantial foundation to pull a ‘minimum’ amount of traffic for the foreseeable future, a dramatic shift to new writers, with new techniques, topics and styles might be beneficial to Triond. The new base of writers will have traffic trends more dispersed over many more people and with a reduced form of dependency or level of adverse effects if any should decide to not continue working for Triond.
For current writers, it is apparent that the traditional way you have been conditioned to work on Triond no longer holds. You modify your approach, leave or do nothing and get nowhere. Whichever you choose it’s going to involve some serious unemotional thought.
For those writers planning on staying, you will have to wait and see how things turn out.