I am a big fan of Dotnetkicks. I have found several interesting articles written by mostly lesser known authors (like myself) on that site. I have also received the benefits (more traffic) of getting some of my articles on the front page. As has been discussed previously, the “Dotnetkicks Effect” is very unpredictable due to the fact that there aren’t many people who regularly read the “Upcoming” section of the site. As a result, you can never really know if articles you submit to Dotnetkicks will get many views because there are so many different factors that contribute to your article being popular.
Sometimes this feeling of guilt comes over me. A little voice in my head says: “Why haven’t you visited the upcoming section of Dotnetkicks.com lately and given some kick love to your fellow unknown bloggers?” So I dutifully visit the site and read through the first 3 pages of upcoming articles to see if anything seems kick-worthy. I call this Dotnetkicks penance. Does anybody else do this? Could this possibly be the mystery contributing factor that keeps the steady flow of articles from the upcoming page to the front page? I imagine if my fellow guilty bloggers unite we could keep the signal to noise ratio on the front page at a healthy level.