Readers Without Posting

It was with amusement that I sat down in my blogging chair last night and decided to take a peek at the analytics for this blog.  I don’t normally spend too much time there but periodically check in to empty the spam and approve any messages that are being held for approval.

I had expected to see a flat line graph.  After all, I had been pretty much off the grid on holidays and so there were no original posts or scrapings from my Delicious account for about a week or so.  Instead, I found readers.  In fact, as you’ll see below, there were 61 of them on July 22 when there was, in fact, nothing new posted.  What a deal!  No time, no effort, no proofreading, no editing, no posting, no bandwidth and the blog still gets readers.  Could like get any better than that? 

Well, yes, as I look to the left of the timeline, there were days with hundreds of readers who visited when there actually was something that I had made available.

 

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Now, I’m not in this for the numbers.  I use the blog as a way of recording my thoughts and observations as things pass my way.  My only regret was that I didn’t have these tools years ago.  In particular, I think of all of the great computer science problems that I could have documented and had fun solving.  Oh well.

So, why the readers?

A couple of reads this morning helped understand this. 

First of all, Stephen Downes had reflected on D’Arcy Norman’s post about class blogs.  My comment to this interesting post dealt with the difference between product and process.  In my mind, product puts a period at the end of things.  You’re done – finished – stick a fork in it.  Process means that the discussion is never officially over – as long as there are willing participants, let things continue.  In my mind, that’s where the true power of blogging resides.

Secondly, Sue Waters had posted an entry “What You Wanted to KNOW About Blogging”.  She shared some of her thoughts and tips about creating a successful blog.  There are some good tips in there including some about reader loyalty.  Hopefully, some of the 61 are loyal readers and not just drivers by looking for a train wreck!

And yet, there’s still something about readers that show up when there’s nothing new.  Let’s hope the number goes beyond 61 now that there’s new content!

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5 Comments

  1. What is probably the most interesting part of that post is maybe I should have called it “What You Wanted to KNOW About Blogging — and what I feel uncomfortable discussing”

    Quite a few asked about readership and how do you increase your readership. This aspect is an area that I do feel uncomfortable discussing because while yes we all like readers ultimately many of us blog for our own needs as you say “I use the blog as a way of recording my thoughts and observations as things pass my way”

    Surprisingly I rarely blog on my personal blog but still have good subscriber numbers and when I do blog there it is because it is something I want to say or share and not necessarily what I think readers want to read.

    IMHO the biggest thing that stifles new bloggers is they focus too much on thinking they have to blog and that they have to write posts that their readers want to read. If you enjoy what you are writing and are passionate that will shine through always.

    Thanks for pointing out the discussion regarding open vs private blogs — and I have very interesting thoughts on this.

    However this is another interesting thought and perhaps I’m missing something obvious and correct me if I’m wrong but does D’Arcy allow comments on his posts?

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