[Pet peeve] I understand that all you social media consultants, SEO officers, and marketing experts out there have to do something to justify your salaries. But here’s a hint they probably left out of your last seminar: don’t annoy content managers with multiple emails about the same crappy content. I receive dozens of emails a day with suggested infographics. If I don’t like it, I don’t post it. It’s that simple. You will not talk me into liking it more by sending follow up emails. Do not “Just check in”, “want to follow up”, or “wonder if I was still considering.” I’m sorry I don’t have time to respond to each email – but I just don’t. The flow of crap is so high, and the number of good suggestions I get so low, I have been tempted to remove my email address from the website altogether. For now, repeat offenders will be added to the spam filter – or have their emails and lousy infographics brutally dissected in public – which I suppose could be a fun new Chartporn feature. [/Pet peeve]
I receive so many emails full of marketing-speak and copies of horrible link-bait infoposters I almost overlooked the below email from a fan:
I’m a teacher in Kenya. We struggle to get textbooks and our internet is very slow, but I wanted to thank you for your wonderful site which enables me to share brilliant graphics and thought provoking data with my students. Out here in Sub saharan Africa we sometimes feel a bit peripheral to what is going on in the rest of the world, but your images help our kids to feel in touch (and save busy teachers a lot of time trawling through the net)
<Sigh> It feels so good to know my work here is accomplishing more than providing fodder for snarky graphic designers and bloggers.
Chart Porn currently has 10,000+ RSS subscribers, 4,600+ Twitter followers, and 2,700+ Facebook followers. Running Chart Porn is a lot of fun. It’s also a tad expensive in terms of time and money.
If you enjoy this blog on a regular basis and would like to contribute to it’s upkeep (and my sanity) please click on the below donation box. Any amount is appreciated – even just a couple bucks would be fantastic.
Thankfully, the bandwidth requirements actually declined somewhat in the past year – after Google tweaked their search engine algorithms. Prior to that, Chart Porn was consuming >350GB/month of bandwidth, and showing up as high as fourth in Google searches for the word “porn” – hehe. That was pretty hilarious. In January 2011, for example, of the 20 million people who saw Chart Porn in their search results for “porn”, 200,000 actually clicked on it anyway, despite the clear “An addictive collection of beautiful charts, graphs, maps…” description. People are weird.
You may recall that I started experimenting with ads last year. That has been moderately successful – but still doesn’t cover monthly costs. A new development has been offers on an almost weekly basis to post infographics for cash – sometimes for as much as $50/each!?! I usually tell them to send me the infographic and if I like it, I’ll post it for free. I believe the main draw of Chart Porn is its curatorial taste, and would hate to dilute that with paid content.
Thanks for your support! If Chart Porn makes you laugh, or look at the world a little differently, or inspires your own visualization designs, then please take the time to click on the box and PayPal a donation. If you can’t swing a few bucks now, I completely understand – times are tough out there. Don’t worry – I’ll keep posting cool charts either way.
I get sent a lot of infographics on strange topics. I’m posting this one of an example. In this case, the weirdness of the topic is complemented by some odd analysis. I think I would have stayed away from comparing styles to who won and lost, and focused more on the distribution of colors and styles (over time maybe?). Often adding to the weirdness of these infographics is who sponsors them – this one comes via the Dish Network(?!?).
I was just offered money to post an infographic. Seriously, people. It’s a BLOG. Let’s keep some perspective, shall we? Put that money towards hiring a graphic designer or statistician. If you have a product you want promoted, buy an ad.
Thank you to the lovely companies and artists who have chosen to advertise on Chart Porn. You keep the servers running and the posts flowing.
History Shots – Elegant graphics and wall art on a variety of historical subjects (politics, sports, music, science, etc). These really are slick — if you don’t want one for yourself, I guarantee you’ll find something here that would make a great gift.
Beer Smith – Take the guesswork out of homebrewing with Beer Smith’s software. They also have excellent blog articles and podcasts about beer in general.
Joel Traylor Art – Ok, I’ll confess I’m biased. I’ve known Joel for years and have several of his art pieces up on the walls of my office and home. He has a great eye for color and shape – check out the whole gallery to see what I mean.
Note on Advertising: After experimenting with Google-ads and a few other ad networks I realized that most of them suck — because they encourage bloggers and companies to waste time on SEO keywords and other nonsense instead of content and product value. Thankfully, I came across the Blogads network, which lets companies pick exactly what sites they want to market to, and lets me filter out spam ads and other tacky crap I don’t want on my site. I suppose it’s a bit old school advertising, but it works very well for me.
So, if you would like to advertise on Chart Porn and reach an audience of smart, creative, tech savvy, inquisitive people for as little as $10/week, click on the box below:
With some regret, I am going to start experimenting with ads on Chart Porn. The blog’s success has increased bandwidth use by more than 400% in the past year, while the donation box has gone largely unused. Handling this level of demand (and future growth) has forced me to look into funding options. I will try to keep the ads as un-obnoxious as possible. Feel free to complain, scream, and shout about me being a sell-out, if the urge strikes you.
On the other hand, lingering guilt from doing this will likely motivate me to work harder and make further improvements to the site.
In First Place: “You Don’t Know Jack About Politics: Idiots Edition” by Ashley Browning. Ashley did a great job combining interesting information and some relevant silliness – which is exactly how I like my infographics.
2nd Place: “The Compare-o-Tron” by Sam Freund. Sam took an empirical look at the issue by charting the google-hit correlation percentages of any three terms you enter. The below chart is just one example of the kinds of comparisons you can do.
Congrats to Ashley and Sam and thanks for your entries!
Chart Porn is throwing a contest! I am tired of seeing economic and political terms like “socialism”, “communism”, “fascism”, “tyranny”, “nazi”, “muslim”, “democracy”, “globalism” and others tossed around with no regard for their actual meaning. So I’m reaching out to the design community to help end the confusion.
Description: Create an infographic that compares different economic and/or political systems.
I’m leaving it completely open to the designers to decide how they want to organize it, how snarky to make it, what political or economic terms to include, and how to do the comparisons. But here are some suggestions to get you started: What are the systems’ defining attributes? How stupid do you have to be to confuse these issues? What are the worst examples of why this is bad (Stalin/Hitler/Pol pot)? Include odd little known relevant facts (health care isn’t free in China/number of people Stalin had killed/tax increases that led to original tea party)? Why it is incorrect to use this label for the United States? Which are economic systems vs political systems or both? Different formats?: maybe a double sided reference card (one side economics, one politics) to hand out to tea party protesters? A flowchart for identifying differences? Heck, if you want to, go ahead and create an infographic showing how Obama really is all of these things at the same time. In other words: get creative.
Deadline for Submissions: October 15, 2010.
Judging: All prizes will be awarded based on my completely subjective opinion as to which are the best designs.
Technical submission requirements: Submissions should be in Illustrator, Photoshop, or PDF format and must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. (If you do something really wacky like a video or interactive tool, get in touch and we’ll work it out.)
Chart Porn is going on a short summer vacation, but will be back in early September with some fun new features. Thanks to everyone for your support this year. Now go out and enjoy the rest of your summer!