Jan 23, 2021 6:00 PM
pelape and sahde
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Whyever would Pelape snort to herself, Ohan has no idea, truly.

He thanks them for the answers and doesn't really have any other questions.

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Then he will be treated to their opinions on monetization and website backend and comment moderation and all sorts of fun trivia about their blogs.

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What's the distribution on those, are they mostly sensible (like Pelape) or not?

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Pelape, of the group, does the most of her own technical end, though she's had to hire out some of it. Many of the bloggers can't monetize much, though the plantation one sells merch and the one with two blogs sells patterns for cardboard box architecture and the yellow sells consultation on where and how to get inexpensive vintage furniture acquired or restored. The plantation boss has a lot of problems with "missives" from "rascals" who try to pretend to knowledge there's no way for anyone to have and "tosses these foolish messages into the fire". The true crime blogger doesn't allow any comments on main posts and has separate open threads to contain everyone's opinions out of the way of the actual blog content. Pop poem orange has a thriving core of readers who like trying to find images that match a song/poem rendering, like this picture of a song's singer moonlighting as an actress in period costume.

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Huh, that's actually pretty interesting. Ohan is kind of over the whole in-character thing going on with the one person there but he's intrigued by true crime blogger.

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The panel is followed by light refreshments. Bloggers get to go first; Pelape maneuvers over to Ohan with an extra lemonade for him, offers one of her biscuits.

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He accepts. "That was pretty cool. How often do these happen?"

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"Every month, but it's not the same people every time, I've never been a panelist before."

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"Do they stream it?"

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"Yeah, and you can watch the archives too, but they remind you to support the organizer or contribute to the crowdsourced transcription every five minutes."

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"Even if you have already done it before?"

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"Especially! Then it's obvious you have money!"

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"Isn't that bad incentives?"

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"In theory but they have A/B tested it. I mean, not these folks in particular, but there are studies."

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"Huh. Smart."

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"When donations are your form of income you A/B test pretty aggressively, I do it myself."

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"Do you have granular user data like that? Aren't there lots of anonymous viewers?"

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"They can't be all that anonymous if they donate. I do the site up one way and put one donation link and do it up another way and put up another donation link and see which link gets more, and people with a lot of fancy doodads that won't let the randomizer run fall back on a default layout which has a third so I arguably have more specific data on my fancy doodad using population."

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"Guess that makes sense. I don't use any doodads myself."

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"No? The stereotypes are mostly about yellows, I guess."

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"Guess I don't mind all the ads that much."

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"Maybe you're very easy to target and they only advertise you stuff you think is cool. I don't think the advertisers of the world know anything about what I want apart from in the clothing department."

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"I am a pretty straightforward person, it's true. Give me gadgets and toys and I'm happy."

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"Then you must be a very cheery person, mustn't you."

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"I try to be!"

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