OneMint hits a small milestone

by Manshu on October 13, 2010

in Opinion

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Today I want to take a break from our regular posts and share a bit of good news. OneMint has recently reached a small milestone of hitting a 100,000 page-views in the last 30 days, and I am sure we will hit 2,000 subscribers in a week or so, and that’d be quite awesome too!

I am grateful to all of you for reading, but especially the ones among you who have shared their knowledge with others in the form of comments, ideas or even full posts.

A big thank you to all of you!

I thought it’d be appropriate to write about milestones and failures instead of the usual subjects today.  Let’s start with milestones first.

Milestones

I keep plenty of small milestones for myself, achievable milestones, and I have some ideas on what I’d do on achieving those too. For example, about a year ago I upgraded to threaded comments here which meant that people could reply to others in comments, and it would be discernible that one comment is a reply to another. I had a certain number of “reply comments” that the site had to have before I made that upgrade. I could have implemented the idea as soon as I thought of it, but I like to set a target, meet it, and then implement the change.

I thought of achieving a certain page-view target (lesser than 100,000) before Diwali, and do a little something to celebrate it here, and you will see a small change soon.

So small things that help keep things interesting, and are also proof that progress is being made.

Failures

I’ve learned that you just can’t get away from failures. I’ve also seen that most of my ideas have flopped, but on balance it doesn’t matter because some of them succeed, and make up for the other failures. So for me, trying out new things becomes really important. Keep trying and see what sticks. Some of you might have noticed a new page on top here called “NEW HERE?” which is one example of what I call a flop. I created that page because I theorized that a lot of people land here, read something, don’t know what to do next, and just exit (of course this is not an original idea). So, to overcome that – I thought I’d create a new here page like the ones you see on several other websites, and some people who would have otherwise exited will say – aha, I am new here, so let me click this instead of leaving.

Nothing like that happened, and as it stands today, the idea is a flop. However, I have another theory that the placement itself is wrong, and by the time someone reaches the end of the page, they have no way of seeing the little text at top, and so the concept itself is not wrong, but the placement. So, I will change the placement in the coming days to either sidebars or bottom of the post, and see how it goes.

Another failure is the ability to generate comments on posts commensurate with the size of this blog. This is one metric where I have never done well, but I really hope this changes. Unfortunately, I don’t have any bright ideas on improving the number of comments other than asking you to comment more. The comments that are left by our readers have great information, and add to the post considerably, so more comments would be quite awesome.

Understanding and embracing failures and flops is one the biggest things I have learned here, and one that is relevant in all walks of life.

As I end this post, thanks to all of you for reading, and please don’t forget to leave a comment!

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

AS October 13, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Yaaay!!! Great job on reaching the milestone! πŸ™‚

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Manshu October 13, 2010 at 6:57 pm

Thanks! I hope the pace continues πŸ™‚

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Radhika October 13, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Congratulations Manshu!

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Manshu October 14, 2010 at 2:53 am

Thanks Radhika!

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Nandan Narula October 14, 2010 at 4:07 am

Kudos To One Mint. And all the very best for your future endeavours

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Manshu October 14, 2010 at 4:12 am

Thanks Nandan, I hope OneMint can keep growing at an increased pace the way it has done in the past…thanks!

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Nataraj October 14, 2010 at 5:57 am

Congratulations…my friend…even we are happy and looking forward for your next mile stone….

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Manshu October 14, 2010 at 7:22 am

Thanks Nataraj! I just got the thing for Diwali that I wrote about and that looks great….having a good day today πŸ™‚

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Deepna October 14, 2010 at 6:16 am

Congratulations!! Way to go! Wish you all the best for your next milestone.

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Manshu October 14, 2010 at 7:22 am

Thanks Deepna, πŸ™‚ Great to see you here πŸ™‚

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Aman October 14, 2010 at 10:40 am

Congrats Manshu! Hit the next milestone now, n the next one… and the next one…. N when you are popular (n rich), i ll get to say “Oh, i know that guy” πŸ™‚ ThatÒ€ℒs my way to stardom!!!

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Manshu October 14, 2010 at 10:54 am

haha, that’s funny. I am sure you’re gonna make a lot more money and grab stardom with stuff you do in your life πŸ™‚

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Robin October 14, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Right on! Sure would have loved to see some of your successful ideas mentioned too, or you are keeping those secret πŸ˜‰

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Manshu October 14, 2010 at 1:59 pm

Thanks Robin πŸ™‚ It never occurred to me to write about successful ideas, the site isn’t big enough for me to have secrets yet…maybe I’ll write about successes at a million πŸ™‚

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My Owl Barn October 14, 2010 at 3:42 pm

It’s very exciting! Congratulations and cheers to many more milestones!

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Manshu October 14, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Thanks πŸ™‚ hopefully the next one will be soon!

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The Digerati Life October 14, 2010 at 5:34 pm

That’s magnificent! Congratulations on the hits! That’s quite a wonderful achievement. Hats off to an awesome financial blogger. πŸ™‚

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Manshu October 14, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Thanks a lot SVB πŸ™‚ You’ve been a great guide to me, and I think of you like my blogging mentor. Thanks for all your help πŸ™‚

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The Digerati Life October 14, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Oh, you’re too kind Manshu! Here’s to our continued growth! πŸ™‚

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Chirag October 16, 2010 at 1:59 am

Congrats!

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Manshu October 16, 2010 at 3:22 am

Thanks Chirag!

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khalid October 18, 2010 at 2:48 am

Congratulations Manshu and best of luck for your next milestone. By the way what next milestone you set for yourself ?

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Manshu October 18, 2010 at 2:55 am

Thanks Khalid. I think reaching 250k page-views will be cool πŸ™‚

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Gaurav Malik October 18, 2010 at 4:49 am

Hi,
Milestones, failures and success all go hand in hand but I think you are on your way to a great grand success. I see you one step ahead in all walks of life so enjoy the moment and I am sure you will have many more to come….this is just the beginning.

God Bless!!

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Manshu October 18, 2010 at 8:03 am

Thanks for your good wishes, and thanks for the tips you keep sending along and helping me write some of these posts. Your help is much appreciated!

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Jojo Joson November 11, 2010 at 8:23 am

Commented as you wish! hehe…btw I went 2 ur “New Here” section by clicking it from top. I liked it πŸ™‚

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Manshu November 11, 2010 at 10:53 am

Thanks Jojo.

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M.P.Gupta March 31, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Hi,
An agent dumped on me ICICI PRU Life stage Pension ULIP on me 4 Years ago(2008 Feb) (and he has disappeared from the job after collecting heavy commission! )but the yeild from the policy is disappointing.Shall I close the policy and invest in FDs or equity market (shares and MFs)?or should I continue for 10 years. please advise . what are the tax implications.Also write about ULIPs please

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Manshu April 2, 2012 at 3:45 am

Hmmm, I don’t know enough about the policy to be able to say what to do in this case. Sorry.

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Rajesh April 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Congratulations on the milestone, Manshu.

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Manshu April 2, 2012 at 3:42 am

Rajesh – thanks but you’re posting a comment on a post and a milestone that was hit over a year ago! πŸ™‚

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