You want how much?

Allegedly you can buy fans for your blog. I kid you not. I have received  a fair amount of spam alerting me to this practice. Obviously they’ve not read my open letter to spammers. Or, they have and they’re getting they’re own back. I declined to discover exactly how this might be achieved aka I hit the “delete” button. To be honest, I’m not sure why you would even want to engage in this activity. After all, only I and the people at WordPress know how many visitors my blog attracts. It’s our dirty little secret, until somebody hacks into my WordPress account. .

I have already inadvertently discovered that you can drive visitors to your blog with suggestive titles. Of course, the visits are fleeting since you’re not offering what they’re seeking. A few of them do browse but I sense I fail to retain their interest. I don’t have the right sort of lycra lovelies. My most regular visitors are my subscribers, family and friends. To be honest, I write the blog for my own amusement, so it really wouldn’t matter if no one dropped by. I quite enjoy recording my thoughts, views and musings. If someone finds them interesting or entertaining, so much the better. However, I’m seeking neither fame nor glory, not even my 15 minutes’ worth.

Of course, if I were hoping to win the blogging equivalent of an Oscar, I would presumably need to drive traffic to my site to vote for me. Likewise, if I were expecting to earn a living from blogging. But neither’s the case. No, low cost and low key’s much more my style. The thought of actually incentivising people to visit the blog sounds somewhat desperate; the blogging equivalent of “Billy no mates”. Do people who write blogs constantly check to see how many visitors they’ve had and which blog entries have been read? I don’t know, you tell me.

One indicator of blog popularity might be the number of comments you receive. But even those can be deceiving. l read a number of blogs but rarely feel moved to comment. I think that’s called lurking. However, I do comment from time to time when I agree with or empathise with the content. But, when pressed for time, which seems to be just about all the time recently, I just read the few I enjoy and rarely trawl further afield. There’s just too much data out there and sometimes, not enough information. Unsurprisingly, the sites I visit most tend to cover one or more of the following topics cycling, MotoGP, cookery or football. No surprise there!


Postscript: You can also buy friends on Facebook!!!!

One Comment on “You want how much?

  1. Very wise words. While I also write for myself – my two key reasons for writing are (a) I actively enjoy the process of crafting words and (b) it’s a good way to interact with family and friends – I do find it interesting from a technical perspective to see what types of posts/titles/content drive higher than normal traffic.

    Judging a blog by the number of comments it receives is often (not always!) an indication of its popularity, but certainly not an indication of its quality. Indeed, some of the blogs with the most comments are often the most poorly written/informed. Each to their own, I guess.

    Personally, I do like to comment on blogs I think are worthy of comment – but they are relatively few in number and it is incredibly time-consuming. It has changed my reading habits, though. These days I spend much less time reading traditional media and more time reading blogs. There really is some good quality stuff out there. It can be a case of finding a needle in a haystack sometimes, though!


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