UPDATE – Aug 7th: I have shaved over a minute off of that time – new record time 7 minutes and 11 seconds.
As an IT professional, I spend most of my time trying to identify efficiencies and determining how to take advantage of them. More often than not, I spend more time trying to figure out how to do something easier and more efficiently than it would take to just go sit down and do it. Ever since joining Entrecard and getting my first entre-credit, cupidity has come over me to earn as much as possible. I came up with a plan to drop as much as I could ever day, and hopefully in turn I would start getting reciprocal drops back. Last week I received over 300 drops, for the first and only time. I was excited!! I also made the top 65 blogs in terms of Entrecard popularity. I was living the high life; but now I wanted efficiencies. I wanted to drop 300 cards in under 10 minutes, and I did.
Finding an Edge
I will admit that I hate dropping 300 cards a day; correction, I hate dropping 250 cards a day. I do find it rewarding when I find an interesting read or a picture that makes me laugh, and when I do I try to leave a comment. On the other hand, I can’t stand going to a site that hasn’t been updated in a while, or a blog that has music playing in the background (which always seems to load at my favorite part in a song that I am listening to). In addition, I was spending close to an hour or two dropping every day; meaning that on average, Entrecard will consume 23 days of my life every year. Therefore, I used my IT frame of mind and tried to figure out how to do this business more efficiently.
Like a typical IT project, I spent a massive amount of time upfront determining what needed to be accomplished, what my desired goals were, how would I achieve these goals until I came up with a solution. I spent hours reading, reverse engineering and jotting down notes, being meticulous about all the details; my first idea turned out to be a total failure, but my second idea turned out to be a great success: I have achieved a system that would allow me to drop 300 cards in a record time of 8 minutes and 13 seconds, giving me 20 days of my life back. I know there are sites that claim that you can drop 300 cards in 5 minutes, which is not possible as I have found. Furthermore, you may think that it is impossible to have dropped 300 cards in under 9 minutes, I used Online-Stopwatch.com to quantify my results and I was able to do just that.
I was thrilled to have found a solution, broken my record and developed a methodology to dropping Entrecards; however, I had to question the ethics of it all. The original aims and ideals of Entrecard were to explore other blogs and poke around their site, not to drop in record times; if my idea was to get out, would the entire Entre community become crippled? Would the Entrecard community dissappear? Would the traffic that is generated go away? Possibly; therefore, if you have decided to read this post to find a solution or an answer as to how I could achieve dropping at record time, I am sorry to disappoint you. It is unethical! As an IT professional, I face ethical challenges more often than not; and it is important that we don’t fall subject to unethical practices, hence, the reason that I will not share my solution. In addition, I feel that I will lose the true meaning of Entrecard.
In the end, I am happy to have been able to know that I could accomplish my goals; and to me that is the real reward.