Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Digg-ing in the Dirt

Even though I'm an SEO kinda guy, I've not really been all that focused on Digg.  I know it's a cool place to find interesting stuff, and a great way to promote stuff, but I've just been busy in other areas, like Blogging, Twitter and Facebook.

But today, I thought I'd, if you'll pardon the pun, digg a little deeper and see how it works.  So, I went to Digg.com and did a search for "Mormon".


I clicked through five full pages before I found a posting that was favorable.  And, of course, the ones I saw about the Mormon Church that were favorable had one, two, at most three diggs.

My first thought was to come back here and tell everyone within the sound of my typing (that means both of you) to go to Digg and click to digg any pro-mormon piece you can find there.  Let's get these things ranking higher!

My second thought was that if we all did this, it would mean that a lot of faithful church members would be suddenly looking at a lot of anti-mormon ranting.  Which isn't necessarily bad, but I'm not sure that it's a good thing, either.  It certainly didn't make me smile.  Why make someone else's day miserable...

My third thought was that perhaps we, as members of the Mormon church simply prefer not to use Digg.  Maybe we're all on StumbleUpon, or Delicious.  A part of me is not sure that I want to go there and see.

I guess it's simply a symptom of being who we are.  In a lot of ways, that's good and bad.  I mean, we believe what we believe, and we don't apologize for it.  That means that people who believe otherwise are going to be upset at us.  We do have a reputation for having these "pushy" guys out there knocking doors.  And there is a lot of misinformation circulating about us (contrary to what many seem to be saying, we don't believe it's right for a 45-year-old man to marry six 14-year-old girls).

I guess what frustrates me is that I know there is a lot of material out there that is telling the story from our perspective.  But I guess that it's not cool enough to "Digg".

Mark has a lifelong testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormon Church). Mark also has other sites and blogs, including MarkHansenMusic.com and his Dutch Oven blog.

Mark's Other Blog Posts: Dutch Oven Dessert, Connecting to LDS Music, FTC Sets New Rules


  1. Maybe you need a better PR department. Offer cookies, maybe. Like the Catholics do. Everyone knows how cool they are.



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