Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Time to pull the plug?

April 1st will be my one-year anniversary as a blogger. I didn't get a tracker until late June. Here's the history of unique visitors to Simply Put since July 1.

bar graph

And the word of the day is? … moribund.

16 Comments:

At 3:34 PM, March 28, 2006, Blogger Sadie Lou said...

April Fool's Day huh? *grin*
I sure am delighted to have crossed paths with you on cyberkitten's blog. I have enjoyed your posts on both Ragged Glory and here at Simply Put. I'm looking forward to "Journey Man" being revealed too.
Here's the the future!
*toast*
Happy Anniversary.

 
At 3:34 PM, March 28, 2006, Blogger Sadie Lou said...

*to the future

 
At 8:12 AM, March 29, 2006, Blogger snaars said...

Those numbers are fantastic. In contrast, take my blog (Please! ba-dum-bump). I'd like to have a blog as good as yours, but I haven't been able. How do you do it?

You've put a lot of thought and effort and talent into making your blog a site that people want to visit over and over again. It's one of the best and most consistently high-quality blog sites around.

You enjoy writing and sharing ideas and getting to know people. Your idealism and honesty are appreciated by many. You should keep it up.

Of course, everyone needs a break now and then. But, I can't allow you to take more than two weeks off. Any longer and I would be forced to seriously consider whether I would continue to write comments here during the interim.

 
At 9:35 AM, March 29, 2006, Blogger Mary P. said...

What I want to know is what happened in October to account for that HUGE jump back then? That's a striking event - do you know why it happened?

 
At 12:12 PM, March 29, 2006, Blogger LoryKC said...

Happy blogiversary!! ;)
Please don't stop! I don't always comment but I love to stop by and visit!

 
At 1:13 PM, March 29, 2006, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

I am sure that this will receive careful consideration. You have always seemed to be a very thoughtful person.

 
At 1:47 PM, March 29, 2006, Blogger Bill said...

I think I know the reason.

look at the following two tables.

http://static.flickr.com/36/119900476_fc6559d14f.jpg?v=0

Notice a similarity?

Well the first table is the number of new posts per month on your Blog.

 
At 9:54 PM, March 29, 2006, Blogger McSwain said...

Pull the plug? I hope not. My own numbers have fallen drastically (about 40%) since I quit posting nearly every day. Several bloggers I enjoyed conversing with have left the scene in the past few months. But I haven't thrown it in because I really enjoy the writing. I suppose it depends on your reasons for blogging.

But seriously--don't go. :)

 
At 7:06 AM, March 30, 2006, Blogger Juggling Mother said...

As Chosha said, it depends on your reson for blogging - but I'm fairly certain you don't blog just to look at your stats and pat your self on the back:-)

"for the love of dialogue" means if you're getting (reasonable) comments out of visitors, your blog is succesful. How many people come, look & leave is irrelevant.

I hope you keep going.

But only if you want to. this isn't your job, you shouldn't feel beholden to it or us:-)

 
At 3:25 PM, March 30, 2006, Blogger The Misanthrope said...

Don't stop. The numbers always go up and down. Besides, writing is in your blood (or is it ink) and you will never really stop. I didn't. I am even going to try and make a come back of sorts.

 
At 9:01 AM, March 31, 2006, Blogger 49erDweet said...

Q, I look at your blog as if it were something akin to a neighbourhood pub in a London suburb. A place where strangers are able to drop in unannounced and quietly involve themselves in interesting conversations. After a few visits - and comments - they have revealed enough of themselves they are no longer strangers, but friends.

It is, of course, your own choice to make. But I would sure miss interacting with the comments of the eclectic group of bloggers your unique personality and writing skills have nurtured.

If your goal has been to bring in the numbers, in your mind you may have failed. If it has been to foster fruitful intercommunication amongst an apparently widely disparate group of civil but politically unconnected individuals, in my book you have been successful.

But my pub-friends are right. This is your call and your time. I will still think well of you whichever way you choose. But I sure would miss my my friends.

 
At 9:55 AM, March 31, 2006, Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said...

• All:
Thank you for the kind comments. It isn't all about the numbers, of course. But it's still discouraging to watch the numbers drop month by month.

• Bill, Cheryl:
A decrease in the frequency of my posts is clearly part of the problem. I tried to compartmentalize myself into a secular blog (Simply Put) and a Christian blog (Ragged Glory) and Simply Put has suffered for it.

I don't think it's the whole explanation. So it's nice to be told that everyone still appreciates my blog.

• Mary P.
Why did the number of visitors nearly double from September to October? I don't track individual posts, but this one brought in a high volume of search engine queries for weeks.

Alternatively, maybe it was the sexy photo I published of myself that month.

 
At 10:09 AM, March 31, 2006, Blogger Jack's Shack said...

It is hard to compartmentalize, at least for me it is. That is why I just cover everything and anything that catches my eye.

Don't let the numbers throw you, it is always going to go up and down.

 
At 1:14 PM, March 31, 2006, Blogger snaars said...

Any longer and I would be forced to seriously consider whether I would continue to write comments here during the interim.

I hope everyone realizes my comment was meant as a joke. It means that while Q is not blogging, I might stop posting comments after two weeks.

I just read it over and realized it could be taken to mean that I would stop frequenting his blog if he took a break, but that's not what I meant at all!

 
At 4:29 PM, March 31, 2006, Blogger Stephen (aka Q) said...

• Snaars:
I knew exactly what you meant. I guess I'm used to your twisted sense of humour.

 
At 12:38 AM, April 01, 2006, Anonymous J said...

Agghh! Don't quit! Your blogs are two of my favorites. If it's the numbers that are depressing you, get rid of your tracker, and the problem will be solved. ;-)

 

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