Since opening my blog on wordpress a year and a half ago, it has gotten almost 40,000 views. Not a single day has gone by without visitors. Most of that time, I averaged around 30 hits per day. For the past couple of months, I’ve been averaging 100 hits per day! That’s exciting!!
However, in spite of all that, I’ve only received 17 comments and a handfull of emails.
Before moving to wordpress, my blog was on MSN Spaces (which no longer exists) for about four years. During that time, it was basically a one-sided conversation. I often wondered if it was worth continuing. Sometimes I ask myself, “Am I wasting my time? Does anybody even really care if I keep it up or not? Would they miss my blog if I closed it down? Are the majority of my visitors just people who stumble upon it and then are like ‘Oh, that’s not what I’m looking for’? Do people really read my stuff? Is anyone benefiting from this?” If it wasn’t for the handy little keeper of stats, I would have given up a long time ago.
I get the idea that people like my blog because they share my stuff on forums, on yahoo answers, on their own blogs or websites, even on facebook. But communication is important! Getting comments and likes means a lot more than you probably realize. Getting feedback is encouraging to me! It lets me know that you like what I do and that you want me to keep doing it. I need your feedback to help guide me in my content, to help me know what you want me to write about. If you find a post interesting or helpful, say so! If I need to clarify something, say so! If you want more information, say so! If I ask a question, respond! If you have a question, ask! If there’s something you would like me to talk about, tell me! If there’s something you don’t like, tell me!
I know my blog isn’t as flashy or trendy as many of the popular ones. (I’m not aiming for celebrity status.) But I still put a lot of time into writing my posts, taking pictures (of myself, which isn’t easy!), and finding information I think would be useful to my readers and relevant to my topic. I need your encouragement if I’m going to keep this up.