After every blog post I publish, WordPress launches a side bar showing how many posts I’ve published in total. They even have a very game-like mastery meter. And every so often I fill it up and achieve my “goal.” I use quotations because I’m not the one who set these goals for my blog!
I’ve just now published my 45th blog post and achieved a new goal:
But where’s my reward??? Aren’t I supposed to get some premium currency or unlock something new?!? While it’s a nice touch, WordPress’ experience meter doesn’t motivate me to publish more blogs (well, besides this one).
Perhaps if they numbered each goal much like a player level in a social game and surfaced it to the writer, to the WordPress community and/or allow the writer to surface it on their own blog it would make a difference. *hint, hint WordPress! But then again, it’s not how many posts are published that matters, it’s the quality of the posts that they really want.
The best “game mechanic” that WordPress has is actually a part of their statistics. My favorite is the “Views by Country” feature. Like in the game of Risk, I’m trying to CONQUER THE WORLD! I want to get as many countries on the map colored in! (Can anyone say – hoarder… completionist?) 38 countries and counting