One of the goals of Free Refills--I don't think there's any shame in admitting this--is to grow the audience for my writing. Of course I recognize that a lot of that is on me. When I did research for my reflections on my pageview statistics, it was clear that there were bumps in pageviews on days when I actually made an effort to share the writing. Clearly I need to get off my butt and do regular promotion.
As I mentioned in that same piece, while there have been bumps, there's been no real upward trend in pageviews, leading me to conclude, "There hasn't been much in the way of word-of-mouth." Word-of-mouth is clearly a major driver (perhaps the major driver) of audience eyeballs to online offerings, so developing it would certainly help with my goal.
Now, I know there are regular readers of this thing. That leads me to a bold and visionary idea: instead of trying to infer what generates word-of-mouth, or doing a long and convoluted series of experimental posts and then abstruse statistical analyses on my page analytics, I could simply ask you, Gentle Readers, for a little help.
So I'm asking. I'd love to get some comments here. If you've been sharing your Free Refills with other people: What types of pieces inspire you to share? And what kind of feedback, if any, do you get from those you share with?
And if you're not sharing: What kinds of writings would you like to see? What would inspire you to tell someone, "Hey, you should totally read this?"