The End Of Mix?

Hello everyone, usually on a Monday morning I would be hosting another week of my linky #MixItUp. This week however is going to be a bit different.

Green background with red, orange and blue paint dripped down in. Written in black over this is the words The End Of Mix?

You maybe aware my Monday linky originally started back in 2017 and was called Monday Stumble. It was very similar to the Mix It Up except as the name suggests the platform on which I asked people to share posts was Stumbleupon.

Stumbleupon

Like a lot of bloggers I loved Stumbleupon. It was a simple platform to use to promote posts. And as long as you followed the rules and shared a wide range of posts rather than just promoting your own blog the views were quite good. Sometimes they were spectacular. I’ve had posts in the past that have received over 3000 views via Stumbleupon.

As a user too it was a brilliant platform. I always likened it to a magazine, you picked it up and flicked through the pages (stumbled through posts) until you found something that caught your attention. My favorites were paranormal posts, crochet patterns and cats.

However the powers that be decided that Stumbleupon wasn’t fit for use in the current market. It was designed for desktop use and it didn’t work very well on mobile devices. So they decided to create a new platform that had all the benefits of Stumbleupon, but was mobile friendly. In the summer of 2018 Mix was launched and Stumbleupon closed.

I embraced the new platform both as a blogger and as a user. I set up an account and changed the focus of the linky. At the time I said it would take time for the platform to take off, and I have given it that time. 9 months to be precise. But now I think its time to give you my honest opinion of Mix.

Mix for bloggers

As I said before I found Stumbleupon to be a very useful platform as a blogger and was hoping Mix would follow on that trend. I really had big hopes for it as it was designed to deal with one of the big problems with Stumbleupon which was categorising posts.

Often it was hard, if not impossible to choose a suitable category for a post. So they ended up wrongly categorised and weren’t seen by the right people.

Mix in theory works better because it allows users to create their own categories to add posts to. So if I write a post about something steampunk I can add it to my steampunk category. Then those people who want to view steampunk posts can search for steampunk categories and view my posts.

Well that is the theory. In practice people are not viewing my posts. Not in anywhere near the numbers they were when I used Stumbleupon. I use to get 200+ views a month from StumbleUpon. These days I get 20-30 a month from Mix. And these views are only viable if I use Google Analytics to find the sources of my views. For some reason WordPress stats doesn’t register any referrals from Mix. So those people using WordPress.com blogs won’t see any views from Mix.

Mix for readers

Like its predecessor Mix was never designed to be a bloggers platform. And had Mix been as brilliant to use as Stumbleupon I would have forgiven it for the poor views it yielded.

However it is quite simply a rubbish platform. It has taken a brilliant idea nd ruined it.

The joy of Stumbleupon was you never knew quite what you were going to come upon. By chosing a general category and flicking through open posts you were presented with things that you would not necessarily clicked through to based on a title alone.

The process of liking or disliking posts helped to teach the Stumbleupon magical thingies your preferences, so they showed you more of the good shit in your chosen categories.

Mix simply doesn’t work the same. The interest selection is really small and very random. You can search for specific terms, but then you may miss posts or articles on the same subject but with different words in the title.

And once you’ve set up your search, you have to decide based on a title  whether to click-through to view the post. It’s  not user-friendly in my opinion, and reading the reviews of the app on Google Play Store most users feel the same.

A second big problem is posts that users add subsequently disappear from users categories. I’ve not had this myself, but several people who read my previous post on Mix, How To Add Posts And Create Categories have commented on it.

In short Mix doesn’t work for either bloggers or internet users who want a quick and simple platform for browsing articles and posts.

So is this the end of Mix?

Well for the platform itself who knows, but for me personally it is.

It’s for this reason I’ve decided to call it a day on the Mix linky. It seems wrong to continue to promote a platform that I clearly don’t like. I’m happy to keep a Monday linky running for the fabulous little community we have built up at Mix It Up. If I were to do this though it would be on the basis of people commenting on posts they read. As a host I would continue to run the linky, read each post and chose 2 each week for feature in the following weeks linky. (for those all important backlinks).

So that is my question for you today. Would you like to see another change to the linky as described above, or should I  let it end?

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Thank you, Mrs A Xx

21 Comments

  1. sparksfit

    April 2, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    I will continue to link up with you as long as you have it! laurensparks.net

  2. Bryony shaw

    April 1, 2019 at 11:32 pm

    I think do what YOU feel is best and you enjoy!! I’ll be around regardless.

  3. Rosie Doal

    April 1, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    I don’t really understand the two platforms you have mentioned but do what feels right for you. I love joining in with your linky every week so I do hope you will carry on. I love having your readers look at my post and commenting and I also love discovering new blogs and commenting on posts too. I love the blogging community and linkies like yours are a great way for us to support each other x

  4. Millie

    April 1, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    I agree it doesn’t make sense to promote a platform you don’t like. I do think it’s a good idea to carry things on though. I will be less busy after end of May (onwards) all being well and would love to take part in your linky.

  5. Jo - Cup of Toast

    April 1, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    I think you have created a wonderful community here and when I launch my new look blog I would definitely link up and comment. Like you, I confess I don’t like Mix. Aside from the lack of views on my blog the most disappointing thing is not seeing such a great range of posts that I used to read on StumbleUpon. I used that platform as an online magazine and it was BRILLIANT for it! Mix simply isn’t as good (in my humble opinion). I do hope you feel able to continue your Monday linky in some format 🙂

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      April 1, 2019 at 4:17 pm

      I could lose hours om Stumbleupon, Mix just doesnt have the same appeal

  6. Patrick Weseman

    April 1, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    I will continue to post in a regular linky if you provide it. I don’t understand all of those other platforms. I know I am sounding stupid here but i prefer the old fashion linky.

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      April 1, 2019 at 4:16 pm

      I think many people feel the same xx

  7. Nickie-Typecast

    April 1, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    You might be best just running a linky and requesting that people use Pinterest to share the content, making articles available on a wide variety of voards.

  8. Emma T

    April 1, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    I was like you. Set up an account and started trying to use it, thinking maybe it would get views like stumbleupon. But really it was like an ugly and not very useful version of pinterest. Or that’s what it felt like. I loved SU for the same reasons you said, and probably got around 5-6k views a year from it. Terrible for bounce rate, but some people might have clicked through and looked around. It was a big drop of views for me when that left. Mix, through GA, I reckon in the first 3 months I got 4 views. I gave up using it as I could spend time elsewhere and get more views than that elsewhere in a day. It’s a shame it hasn’t worked, but like Google+ just didn’t work. Although I’m not sure they really know what they want it to be.

  9. likeherdingcatsblog

    April 1, 2019 at 2:49 pm

    I love linkies but since Christmas all I’ve had the chance to write is book reviews as I’m inundated with tours.
    I think you’re right not to promote something you dont like though.
    A blog thread is often easier to read and add to as you get notifications when one is posted too so can keep up easier x
    Whatever you do – make it work for you 😍

  10. Liberty on the Lighter Side - (LoLS)

    April 1, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Kind of sad when an era ends but I completely understand why and totally agree. Personally I’m not joining linkies as much anymore as I find them too time consuming. I wish you all the best with whatever you decide. Xx

  11. Karen Dennis

    April 1, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    I love joining in with linky parties, will continue to link with any that you h

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      April 1, 2019 at 2:03 pm

      Thanks Karen xx

  12. Laurie

    April 1, 2019 at 11:36 am

    I enjoyed reading other bloggers posts here at this linky, but I never really understood the concept of Mix and didn’t use it. I like the idea of you asking for our input. I would be happy with whatever you decide, but would hate to see this linky end. I vote for continuing as a regular link up party.

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      April 1, 2019 at 2:02 pm

      Thank you Laurie, its nice to know that people love the linky xx

  13. falcondalelife

    April 1, 2019 at 8:41 am

    I used to get 70 views a day from Stumbleupon, I’ve had 3 in a year from Mix. It’s complicated to use. I thought Stumbleupon’s closure was partly to do with cookie and GDPR pop-ups. Just a rumour.

    1. hooks_and_dragons

      April 1, 2019 at 11:26 am

      They said it was related to the difficulties mobile users had with it. They decided it was easier to start again than keep fixing issues.

    2. Emma T

      April 1, 2019 at 2:47 pm

      I thought it was GDPR and format issues too. But who knows. I rarely use my phone for anything other than social media reading, so wouldn’t have known about mobile format

  14. Michelle K

    April 1, 2019 at 2:31 am

    I have found it hard to put some blog posts into a right category myself. And I haven’t noticed any hike in my stats, with RockinRandomMom or with my new one so I’m there with you about mix. I’d be okay with a regular linky unless you want to do another share one but with multiple platforms versus only one. Give the readers options I guess. That’s up to you though. Either way, I’d be fine with whatever linky you come up with.

  15. Heather Keet

    April 1, 2019 at 1:43 am

    I would love another linky! You are such a welcoming host and I hate to miss out on this community.

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