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paul wheaton
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Rather than standing on a soapbox and trying to tell people to "stop being bad", I am trying to build a better world one brick at a time. Each video or article is one brick. It is ten thousand times easier to share a brick than to make a brick. I am going to focus more on making bricks and risk that others will be keen on sharing these bricks. 

In 1995 I put my lawn care article on the internet.  For years, it was #1 in all of the search engines (mostly because there wasn't much on the internet a long time ago).  Based on the number of people that have seen that article, and the number of people that have written to me to say that they aren't going to use lawn gick anymore, I would guess that this one article has eliminated  about two trainloads of toxic gick.

Real progress. 

I then wrote my cast iron article, thus reducing consumption and reducing the many flavors of toxic gick that come from teflon-like cookware.  Then the flea control article and the diatomaceous earth article.  Then the videos, the forums and more articles.

I'm changing the world. 

If my stuff were viewed a thousand times more, I think I would be changing the world a thousand times more.  So I try to understand why other stuff gets a thousand times more views than my stuff.  And I think the answer is surprisingly simple:  how much traffic something gets is based entirely on members of the audience who know how to say "this is good."  I think most of our permaculture audience does not know that. 

I look at the other videos that have 10,000 views in the first 24 hours.  They have also been given 7,000 thumbs up (70%).  My video gets 1000 views and gets 50 thumbs up (5%).  I suppose it could be that my video stinks, but I choose to believe that it's because most of my audience doesn't know the value of the thumbs up. 

I think that if 70% of my audience did thumbs up (and all of the other bits and bobs that go with that) my videos would get 10,000 views in the first 24 hours.

 
paul wheaton
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Paul and Kelda talk about permaculture ethics, social justice, and the bigger picture in this podcast: podcast

Paul talks about "bricks."
 
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The videos get 'thumbs up' because they say "Don't forget to thumbs-up!" in them. And you know what? That helps! Because I forget. At the end of your stuff, you say "IF you liked this video, come on over to...." That's an ad for Permies.com, which is great... but if you want to get it Liked, then you might want to ask for them to like it. Maybe a graphic pointing the direction of the LIKE or THUMBSUP buttons?
 
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