I’ve often stated that I write my blog primarily for me. That’s true, but I have my narcissistic side too – there’s nothing wrong with having a few people following along. Although the numbers of visitors that the Blog Stats page are a bit meaningless to me, even if they are interesting to a degree. A single comment, even one that disagrees with a point I make, is worth a 1,000 anonymous visitors. Although having said that, I guess it’s possible I’ve written something that has helped one of those anons out somewhere along the way. That’s cool.
But anyway, yes. I am interested in people who come to my blog. But the stats I have access to don’t really tell me what I’d like to know. That being, what people come here for, how often they come, how they found it, what they think of the posts I produce. I know how I find blogs and I know what I think makes a good blog that I’ll continue reading.
I do think bloggers should take the time to respond to people who comment on a post, even if it’s just a few words to acknowledge them. If I write a comment on someones blog, especially with a question, and it’s ignored….chances are I’ll not bother writing anything again. I might even get huffy and not return at all. Depends how much of a snob I’m being. If a blogger isn’t going to respond to comments, then don’t blog. Host a website instead, and preach from there. For me, blogs can be fun, informative or entertaining (or all three) places that develops a little community of friends or acquaintances. That happens through conversation.
I won’t reveal what else I like in a blog, because I wouldn’t want to prejudice my poll over there in the sidebar. For all I know, I don’t have readers but stalkers, who’ll just agree with everything I say. If that is you, please send $10 to my PayPal account – email me for details. 🙂
But anyway, the poll. Go on, take a minute. You can click all the boxes that apply. There’s no trick questions. Although my mind did wander, and in between remembering serious questions, I thought up some nonsense. It’s turned into quite a long selection of questions….
Edit: If you write something witty in the ‘other’ section, it won’t appear on the blog. But I do receive the message – I’ll publish it later!