I don’t know why it would be surprising to me that this is the most read article on my site. But, it is the most read, and it is a bit of a surprise. Why? I clearly state that the procedure was a non-scientific, personal experiment. There is nothing about it that can be taken as anything more than my experience. And yet, here it is, the most read article on the website. In fact, it is more read than the next three articles combined.
My guess is that this type of anecdotal article is persuasive to those trying to understand the appeal of eCigs. Which is probably a good thing, at least from the experience I’ve had.
I’ve said from time to time that I do watch the keywords that people use when searching for information on The CerebralRift. This article was in response to the most frequent keywords: wattage, voltage, setting, resistance.
I was surprised by the amount of information that it is necessary to explain in this area. It is, by far, the most technical and complicated aspect of Vaping there is. But, it is also the most important thing to understand, so I was happy to make sure I had good information to base the article on, and try to write a detailed but approachable explanation of the topic.
This was a “strike while the iron is hot” situation. When Google announced that it was going to shut down Reader it was obvious there would be people looking for information, commentary, and replacements for it. While the information and commentary articles have fallen by the side now, there are still people looking for a replacement. I am quite happy that this article is still getting a lot of traffic. I think it’s important to look at these choices, and be able to weigh them against the options that most of the other media outlets are touting.
I really wish I understood why this article was this popular. I don’t. It was a simple, small post to indicate that I got some new things that I was anticipating playing with. One of them has even become my top recommendation for anyone trying to move beyond an eGo style setup.
My guess is that it is similar to the “vape mail” posts that abound on Reddit, G+ and Facebook. There is a fascination when someone gets something new. But, personally, I don’t really go for the un-boxing types of articles. But if people really want to know what I am buying, then who am I to argue with them? Right? 🙂
As a general rule, my show posts don’t tend to make it into my top read articles. Which is, in my opinion, something of a shame. I know there are a few hundred people listening to the show, and I wish I could say that the website traffic reflected people looking up and going to the release pages for the music on the show. But, I typically don’t see a lot of that activity. However, this show was different. It not only shows up in my top posts of 2013, but the number of hits it got was easily triple of what I normally see for show downloads. But, even more than that, I know that there was a considerable number of people actually listening to the show. Which I was really, really happy to see. Now if I could just figure out what I did better, or differently with this show to make it attract a larger audience.
So this was a case where the idea for an article came from talking with people on Facebook, G+ and other places. There were quite a few people that were starting out with vaping (using cig-alikes, or CE4 starter kits, etc.) that were curious to understand why a lot of people say that Vaping is cheaper than smoking. I’ve been (at least mentally) calculating the cost of vaping since I started, mainly because I could see that it would be cheaper. Amazingly cheaper.
I mean to do more articles based on this subject. There are some things that people have gone through when switching from cigarettes to vaping. I’ve even found there is now some controversial things that might be interesting to look at. (For example, there are now eJuices that have additional components of tobacco in them.) But I am still happy this article does get routine viewing, if even one or two people who have viewed it have come away with any real information, or found a solution to a problem they encountered, then the purpose and usefulness of this article has met my expectations.
To me it’s funny that any of my Cryptocurrency articles even shows up in my top read articles. This one probably made it based on the title. The actual contents of the article are mostly a fun romp through then-current stories. The thing that I keep trying to do with these articles is try to find some deeper meaning to the stories, and the reactions of the market. It’s typically not an easy thing to do. Wall-Street tends to have some rationality to the way it reacts, Bitcoin doesn’t seem to have as much of the same rationality. Why? I have several suspicions: it’s more thinly traded, and much more decentralized, and different stories have different impacts to a portion of the market – but what the impact causes for the rest of the market can be pretty wide-ranging.
But, nonetheless, I have some fun with them, and I think I can come up with some wild theories that are fun to read and think about.
In the wake of Google deciding to shut down their Reader product, I set out to write some articles about replacements. This was the last one, talking about some of the issues I’d had with making the transition to TT-RSS. I don’t know it’s all that interesting to those that have found something that works for them. But, if you were seriously considering something like TT-RSS, it’s a good way to get an idea about how to make it your own. I know there are a few options out there, and some of them have newer interfaces that are pretty slick. however, in my case, I need a tool that fits my work flow and needs, and this was about the best option I found.
Ahh, nothing like a reactionary article. Google changed the user interface for G+ and made it a lot worse to actually use. It seems like they are trying to make it more about images and visual stuff, and less about content and interaction. And I couldn’t help but note all the things that I felt really sucked about the new interface. I wasn’t alone, there were a lot of people who had issues with the new interface. So, this article was popular with people annoyed with the interface, and wanting to understand why it was annoying. I had hoped that Google might have noticed, and maybe even done something to lessen the annoyance of their new interface, but they haven’t.
So, as I’ve gotten deeper into vaping, there are some topics that need to be talked about. One of those articles came up earlier: Voltage vs Wattage settings. This was kind of an extension to that piece, focusing more on the properties of batteries. This information gets much more important if you start working with mechanical mods where is nothing to keep you from making mistakes that could damage the battery, your device, or worse yourself. So, I decided it was time to gather some of the best information I had seen on this topic and put it in one place.
Another of my reactionary articles. There was a ton of press out there about Twitter’s new music service. It was something of a surprise because very few people saw it coming. And, from what I can tell, Twitter would have done better to consider it more carefully than they did. It requires using another service to listen to music, and it doesn’t really allow doing any deep exploration if music that you can find on Twitter. But that was just the beginning of the failing of Twitter Music from a Creative Commons / Netlabel advocates perspective: in order for music to be listed on Twitter Music, the artist needs to have a verified account. And, that’s where this whole thing went completely down the toilet, in my opinion.
I’ve expanded the range of devices that I use, and decided that it was time to check out a mechanical mod. I got a really nice one. But, as I soon started talking about, the reason for getting into mechanical mods is not just their simplicity. No, by being very minimal they allow the advanced user to do things that require a lot more precision and knowledge. It was this discussion about mechanical mods, and sub-ohm vaping that lead me to write “A Few Words About Batteries”.
Ahh, sometimes it’s just necessary to shred a piece of bad writing apart. This was born of a reaction to an article that I thought was one of the worst anti-Bitcoin articles I had read. Believe it or not, I’ve read some even worse articles since then. But, that doesn’t make a difference, I felt this article deserved a fairly detailed response. Obviously the value of having my response available made my work worthwhile.
I am happy that at least one of my reviews from the past year managed to gain enough attention to be in my most read articles of 2013. Yes, I write more than just music reviews, however doing what I can to support the Creative Commons and Netlabel community is the main focus of my work. Most of the other things, like eCigs / Vaping and Bitcoins are more or less hobbies at this point. Personally, I would have liked to have seen more reviews in the top 20, but such is life. I have to admit, I was a bit surprised that this review showed up. I really thought my Kris Roche review was more likely to make it onto this list.
I’ve mentioned the part one article above. This was the conclusion of how I made the switch to vaping. This article focuses on the “final” proof for me that vaping is more controllable than cigarettes was this: I could, if I chose, make the vaping fluid myself. I was able to go out and buy the ingredients from stores and actually mix the ingredients myself. And it worked almost as well as any of the fluids that I was buying. And, more to the point: I could have control over the components in the fluids. Imagine trying to control what is in your tobacco. You would have to grow and process the plants yourself, and I doubt there are smokers out there that are likely do that, but vapers can easily make their own fluids.
Bitcoin has become a buzz word, and it seemed like an interesting topic. I had no clue about it, and even after reading a few of the standard articles and watching a few videos, I felt like all the ideas hadn’t completely jelled in my mind. So, when I don’t completely grasp something, I will write about it. The writing process allows me to structure things and try find the points or issues that I don’t understand. Filling those gaps is what makes an article interesting for me. Obviously my pursuit of those answers were interesting to other readers as well.
I’m really glad this article has received enough attention to make it into the top twenty articles for the year. I obviously do a lot of reviews of Netlabel and Creative Commons music releases. One of the bigger reasons for doing so many reviews is to try to help people see that they can have a different relationship with their music than they have in the old days. There are artists that are making this well-known, like Amanda Palmer. This article was born from several things: (1) I saw a similar article that didn’t cover all the sources I knew were available, (2) some people have asked me how I go about searching for music, and (3) as an extension to my aforementioned reviews.