Friday, May 30, 2014

My blog is tanking. Help me figure out why.

This capsizing ship makes an unfortunately apt metaphor for my blog.

The actual, depressing stats for my blog.
Note the steep decline at the right.
This is a distress call. 

Relax. It's nothing important. My blog is just in poor health, and I have no idea why. I'm very proud of the work I've done on Dead 2 Rights, and I think that some of the best articles in the blog's history have appeared here within the last year. I don't post nearly as often as I used to, but that's because most of the pieces I do for D2R these days are longer and require more research. An ungodly amount of time and effort has gone into Ed Wood Wednesdays, for instance. Not that I'm complaining, mind you. I love writing and researching, and this blog gives me a forum in which I can delve into topics which I find interesting. I'm concerned, though, about my readership numbers, which have spiraled downward rapidly and alarmingly in 2014. New articles generate very little traffic, and older ones just aren't attracting page views the way they once did. Sometimes, it seems like everything I post here dies a miserable, lonely death. This blog has become the equivalent of a tree falling in the forest when no one is around to hear it. Many times, I've decided against writing something for D2R because I know that virtually no one will read it. It's a downer to spend hours on something, only to be rewarded with a dozen or so page views. Folks, I really want to turn this around. I already promote this blog on every kind of social media known to civilized man, and I feel intensely guilty about that. I hate bothering people and jamming up their news feeds. That's what you have to do to get eyeballs in 2014. But apparently, I'm still doing something wrong. Heck if I know what. If you have any ideas, I'd love to hear them. Rest assured, I'm going to keep writing this blog either way. It would be nice to have an actual audience, though.

Thanks,

Joe

6 comments:

  1. I am interested in your perspective on various topics more than the factual content. Frankly, I would not read the Ed Wood pieces if they were written by anyone else.

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    1. Thank you for saying so. That's very kind. Like I said, I'm going to keep writing about whatever interests me, whether or not there's anyone on the other side to read it.

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  2. Joe--I for for one relate completely to your eclectic world-view and find your writing style highly engaging. Note that I'm from Australia and am therefore too drunk to read 70% of the time and am fleeing from venomous animals for 20%--yet I still find the time to check in regularly. Keep it up.

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    1. John,

      Thank you for reading, commenting, and being Australian!

      Joe

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  3. Hi Joe
    Unless I'm not understanding the viewing statistics you posted, you are getting about 100,00 visitors per month. True it is down from your high mark, but this would still rank you as one of the more widely viewed non-commercial blogs.

    So as far as the numbers, I think more and more people are using do not track software, script blockers and other programs that render the google analytics counters useless. That does not account for the loss from your high mark, but may explain some of the dropoff.

    Anyway that is just a theory. But I wouldn't worry too much about it as the readership stats go in cycles and as Criswell might have said - I predict you will eventually rebound to bigger numbers.

    Keep up the good work.
    B.P.

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    1. Hi, B.P.

      Thanks for commenting and for reading the blog. Your comments are reassuring. I was a little worried/sad when my readership numbers dipped from almost 300K to 100K in just a few months time. I appreciate every pageview I get, and I just want to know that this blog reaches an audience somewhere. I mean, when I started, I was lucky to get 100 views a week. And you're right that these things are cyclical, as the chart above also shows.

      I hope you keep reading. In exchange, I'll try to make this blog as good as I can.

      --Joe--

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