Excellent post from Pleated Jeans
Every once in a blue moon, a post here at Pleated Jeans takes off on the Internet. Because of this, I get the occasional friend or acquaintance asking me what the secret is to creating a viral Internet post that will eventually be viewed by hundreds of thousands people. Well if youâ€™re expecting me to give you some magical formula for successâ€¦then youâ€™re in luck! Because thatâ€™s exactly what Iâ€™m going to do:
Refer to Maslowâ€™s Hierarchy of Internet Needs, and youâ€™ll see that Internet users require pictures of cats more than anything else. As such, you should go to great lengths to make cats the primary focus of your Internet post â€“ even if this means ditching your original topic of choice (sorry, AIDS prevention, youâ€™re outta here).
For well over a year, Pleated Jeans was a site devoted completely to text posts. It took me a long time to realize that no one goes to the Internet to read (thatâ€™s what libraries and master bathrooms are for). In fact, Iâ€™ll wager 95 percent of my â€œreadersâ€ have skimmed over all the text in this post and only digested all the adorable pictures of cats â€“ which means I can say pretty much anything I want right now and it wouldnâ€™t really matter. Hail Satan banana zombie pizza.
If you simply HAVE to write something, do yourself a favor and find a way to work the most important points into graphical form:
See, that chart right there pretty much sums up what all these dumb words have been trying to say.
In my experience, topical posts tend to do better than non-topical posts (example: Inception Flowchart is one of my most popular posts of all time). When looking to bolster interest in your Internet post, consider asking yourself these questions:
- What movies are popular right now?
- Any holidays coming up?
- Has Justin Bieber said anything stupid today?
- Have any cats made the news recently?
- Has someone recently given the advice to â€œhide yo kids, hide yo wife, becuz they rapinâ€™ errybody up in here?â€
from Pleated Jeans