Update on my free Flipboard magazines: over 100,000 page flips!
Holy Moley*! 100,000 of anything is a lot to me, and I’m really shocked to have just one of my Flipboard magazines (the one connected to this blog, ILMK) with over 100,000 page flips! It looked like I was on my way there for a while, but it’s still a little mind blowing. ;)
It’s rare that I think of something as really a new type of content.
Twitter was that, certainly. Those 140 (or fewer) character tweets created a different medium, and that shapes what’s in it.
I also feel like Flipboard magazines are a new way to express yourself…and I’m surprised at the success mine are having!
The main idea is that you can use the
app, which I read every morning anyway on my
to “flip” articles into a magazine of yours, which you make available to other people for free.
They’ve recently really improved the experience of reading it in a web browser:
You can also get an extension for Chrome which allows you to flip article with websites (most of my flips come from things I read in the Flipboard app…except in the case of one my magazines, which I’ll explain below).
It’s really about your curation…your taste and editing skills.
You put in what you think is interesting, or what you think other people will think is interesting.
You generally don’t write anything additional about it, unless you are using the browser extension. In that case, you can add a short caption about it (which you can not edit later, by the way).
I thought I’d give you a rundown on my magazines and how they are doing (at time of writing…it changes rapidly).
I’m going to do this in order from the biggest number of readers to the smallest number.
ILMK (I Love My Kindle)
“The long-running blog about the world of e-books and publishing, which is one of the most popular blogs of any kind in the Kindle store, brings you related news stories”
- 4,464 viewers (this has doubled since the last time I did an update on these)
- 100,149 page flips
- 10,918 articles (I’d have so say my curation is better here, or at least, more focused)
- 217 followers (since this was a new measurement last time, I looked up what it meant at Flipboard: they explain the new stats here. I had misunderstood page flips before…I thought it was when people flipped an article I picked into their own magazine, but it turns out it is “the number of items viewed in the magazine. Readers visit the mag: page flips are the number of items viewed…I think that means they click on it in the magazine to go to the original article). The number of articles are the ones I put into it, and followers are the actual subscribers)
- Engagement: 917% (flips/articles: this has gone up since last time)
This one is based on my blog, ILMK (I Love My Kindle). They aren’t the same, though. I write original material in the blog itself. I told myself that I’d average 1,000 words a day, and I do. I write a lot of different things, often providing analysis and opinion.
For the Flipboard magazine, none of that happens…you just get articles from other people (unless I flip one of my own in there).
It does allow me to do some different things.
For example, I can more easily flip ten different articles on a new piece of Amazon hardware into the magazine than I can link to them in the blog. Linking in the blog takes some work: it’s simple to flip (just a couple of clicks or taps).
There are also times when something is too short to warrant a full post in the blog. Those types of things go into my Round-ups, but I don’t do those every day.
Another thing? I do a lot more images in the magazine: it’s just more compatible with it. My blog is read on non-Fire Kindles, and images are tougher there.
Here are some recent articles as examples:
- Shakespeare: Can you match the quote to the play? Try our quiz! (CS Monitor)
- Amazon/Harper Talks Take a Turn (Publishers Weekly)
- Indies Choice nominees (Publishers Marketplace)
- 11 Sports Books Better than Ken Burns’ Baseball (Feed Your Need to Read)
- Avenge and Revenge (Kindle Direct Publishing)
- What’s Your Reading Habit? (Twitter)
- Jesse Kornbluth says his book’s threesome tale is just that (Page Six)
- The Girl on the Train racks up express sales of 2m in three months (The Guardian)
- Amanda Hocking (Hocking Books)
- George R.R. Martin releases Sansa-fueled excerpt from The Winds of Winter (EW)
The Measured Circle
“A geeky mix of pop culture, tech, and the weird world”
- 2,662 readers (which they now call “viewers”…that actually makes more sense, since you can put links to videos in these)
- 12,191 page flips
- 26,848 articles
- 40 followers
- Engagement (flips/articles): 45.4% (Hm…this has gone down 5% since last time…have to think about what that means for which articles I flip)
This one is inspired by my blog, The Measured Circle. The blog has never been very popular, and unlike this one, I don’t write in it (on average) every day (I sometimes go a week).
It is eclectic, but you’ll see a lot of things on geek topics, tech, and “weird world” (“Bufo’s Weird World” was my first e-zine, back before we called them blogs).
I’d say its primary purpose is…fun!
To give you a sense of it, here are ten recent articles and their sources. Earlier, I did the most recent ten in order, but that’s not really representative, since I may read a number from the same source at the same time
- Orson Welles documentary celebrates centennial of the filmmaker’s birth (The Washington Post)
- Voices heard (and writhing figures seen) on Planet Mercury (ufocon)
- Why Jane Goodall Believe in Bigfoot (Blank on Blank via the Anomalist)
- Play DuckTales: Remastered on iOS, Android, Windows phones today (Entertainment Weekly)
- Smashing! Large Hadron Collider Gets Set for Weekend Restart (NBC News)
- Marvel’s Daredevil, on Netflix, Plods Promisingly Toward Comic-Book Glory (The Village Voice)
- April Fool’s Roundup Open Thread (Topless Robot)
- Air Shepherd Drones Stop Elephant & Rhino Poaching (IndieGoGo)
- More Mad Max on the Way: Tom Hrdy is Signed on for THREE More (The Mary Sue)
- Ankle exoskeleton harnesses bodypower to aid mobility (Wired UK)
Doc Savage Fanflip
“Doc Savage, the forerunner of Superman and Batman, has been one of my fictional heroes for a very long time. Thanks in part to Doc, I try to better myself to help others, and to do so with “…no regard for anything but justice.” A “fanflip” is my new term for a Flipboard magazine by a fan, dedicated to one topic. I will bring you not only Doc Savage news, but Doc stories and resources from around the web. Think of it as a scrapbook with news.”
- 266 viewers
- 1,838 page flips
- 95 articles
- 72 followers
- Engagement: 1135%
I look for interesting things on the web about Doc. If Shane Black ever gets out the Doc Savage movie, this may get more popular, but I’m happy to ferret out the oddball bits and pieces. This is the hardest one to which to add things…content just doesn’t change as often on the web.
- Matt Hiebert (Columbia Tribune)
- Doc Savage: The Lost Radio Scripts of Lester Dent (ceideretisommorephicent)
- Writer’s Commentary: David Avalloone On Altered States Doc Savage Part I (Bleeding Cool)
- DOC SAVAGE: L’HOMME DE BRONZE (Imaginaire.CA)
- What Doc Savage Can Teach Us About World War I (The Spectator)
The Weird Old Days
“Has the world always been weird? These news stories from the 19th and early 20th centuries bring you tales of lake monsters, the Hollow Earth, ghosts, and more! Edited by Bufo Calvin, of The Measured Circle blog. Note: these articles reflect the culture of their times. As such, they may use terms and concepts which some modern readers will find offensive”
- 185 viewers
- 866 page flips
- 306 articles
- 82 followers
- Engagement: 283%
My original idea on this was that I was writing a book made up in large part of public domain newspaper articles. I was writing pieces to provide context, both because I wanted to do that, and because it would enable me to sell it in the Kindle store (they require original material…nothing purely public domain…that was a policy which evolved over time).
It’s a labor of love, for sure!
I find it fascinating. I’m very interested in how people think about things, and how that has changed over time.
At this point, I’ve been using the Library of Congress’ fabulous “Chronicling America” resource. The negative to that one is that the pages don’t display very well on smaller screens. However, you can click to display the page as a PDF, and that can work quite well.
You also do have to read through the newspaper page to find the article…I also think that’s fun. ;)
I do feel like I’ve made some real discoveries: I posted one that is about an apparently hoaxed photograph of a UFO (airship)…in 1897! I’ve found that my pace has slowed considerably, though…it’s tougher to find ones than it was, since I’ve already looked at some of the more obvious search terms.
- A STRANGE MONSTER: Mountain People Alarmed and Fortifying (Knoxville Weekly Chronicle, February 19 1873) [This one was interesting…”a huge black bear with mane and head like a lion, but had horns like an elk upon it…”]
- THE WEREWOLF: A Human Monster In Which the Ancients Firmly Believed (Daily Press, Newport News, Virginia, October 7 1905)
- A PESSIMISTIC PHILOSOPHER: Interesting Talks on the Stories of the Werewolf (Evening Star, Washington D.C., December 27 1893)
- Skeleton of Indian Giant (The Broad Ax, Salt Lake City Utah, December 23 1916
- OUIJA BOARD AGAIN BRINGS MARVELOUS MYSTERIOUS MESSAGES (The Ogden Standard, December 11 1915)
Again, this one can go in “flaps” of one topic, because my search sometimes leads me to related articles. I think this gives you some idea, though.
These are not hard to do, and they aren’t taking significant time or creative energy away from my other creative work. I don’t get any money directly from them, although they might lead to more discovery of other things where I do.
I do want to say that ILMK has made a big move in catching up to and then surpassing The Measured Circle in readers. I’m still impressed with just how quickly these are growing.
Do you have a Flipboard magazine about which you want to tell me and my readers? Feel free to comment on this post.
* The exclamation “Holy Moley” (spelled that way) was popularized by Captain Marvel (the SHAZAM hero…there have been others). It’s actually quite the erudite expression, contrary to what you might think. You see, Billy Batson is transformed into Captain Marvel by saying SHAZAM (it’s an initialism, so it should all be in capitals…it denotes the Big Red Cheese’s powers: wisdom of Solomon, strength of Hercules, stamina of Atlas, power of Zeus, invulnerability of Achilles ((well, I think they originally said “courage”, but you can be pretty courageous when you can’t be hurt)), speed of Mercury). Moly (without the “e”, but it’s a transliteration any way) is the (holy) herb that Odysseus uses to protect against Circe’s magic…which includes transformation. So, “Holy Moley” is a very appropriate response to being transformed…comics and the classics may have more in common than you think. ;)
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