It’s the middle of September; time to look back at several exciting (to me) events, and perhaps take a look forward. I think that perspective is a good thing and strongly believe that you cannot improve what you don’t measure. Given that, this sounds like a candidate for a monthly post.
I have been extremely busy this month, hence the late report. My day job keeps getting in the way of my desired activities. Having said that, I am thankful to be working! All too many of our fellow citizens are not. Thank you United States Congress (with an approval rating of 19%).
I began blogging on July 18, 2010, 423 days ago. Across that time period I’ve posted 365 posts, when you combine the FlaAuthor.wordpress.com and ViewsfromSandhausen.com blogs. Our comments are soaring, currently at 2,418, and averaging 35 per day and up from 1,547 last month. I reply to every one. Our one day high was 181 comments in 24 hours!
That is a lot of mental catharsis… I have written about three general themes:
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From the data aggregation we learn (Surprise, Surprise) that Sex continues to sell but interest is down from 55% and current events are up from 43%. Just as any business gives away free samples, bloggers offer subjects like this to bring the customers in. It certainly is not what this blog is about!
We see that our efforts are being rewarded, as the data charts show. The first chart shows the number of visits to both blogs, Blue for the old FlaAuthor blog and Red for the current Views blog.
Please bear in mind that on the first of June, I attempted to move the blog audience to the new Views site. Three months later we still see an average number of ‘hits’ against the old blog that are higher to the now (not updated) blog. Curiouser and Curiouser!
Based on conventional wisdom this is not spectacular but is respectable performance.
Those data distill down to an average of 59 unique visitors per day, down from 63 – again respectable.
So we come down to what we see in the Comments section of the blog. I see 6-8 domestic and international comments a day in support of what we are doing.Here are a few selected comments from this month:
“I’m impressed, I have to say. Actually rarely do I encounter a weblog that‘s each educative and entertaining, and let me tell you, you’ve got hit the nail on the head. Your concept is excellent; the difficulty is one thing that not sufficient individuals are speaking intelligently about. I am very completely happy that I stumbled across this in my search for something regarding this.”
“Magnificent goods from you, man. I have understand your stuff previous to and you are just
extremely excellent. I actually like what you’ve acquired here, certainly like what you are stating and the way in which you say it. You make it enjoyable and you still care for to keep it wise. I can not wait to read far more from you.
This is really a great website!”
This month the Nissan automotive blog, the one that was launched in support of their new small crossover vehicle, the Nissan Juke, named us Number One of their list of Blogs that They Love, once again listed us as a blog that they love! This is the second month in a row to so honor us!
This couldn’t be more awesome and shows that we are reaching a diverse audience, and that we are maintaining our high quality.
However, that is NOT the point. The point is to sell the book, Views from Sandhausen! This blog, while a labor of love is merely an advertising and marketing tool.
Admittedly, I love to write and realize much satisfaction on being able to express my thoughts and receive feedback from all of you. MORE FEEDBACK PLEASE.
So what is to come? We will continue in the same vein that we are now. The Hotties in Europe will continue to try to swindle unsuspecting victims; the world will continue to turn, and the theme in Washington will be acrimony.
The sun continues to rise and fall on my backyard and, I trust Dear Reader, that you will subscribe to this humble blog, continue to tell your friends about it, and continue to purchase my humble books and services. Until then…