The question of the century

*updated to add that I know that I am a big whiner! I don’t typically follow the stats on my blog… but another blogger and I were discussing recent changes in subscriptions to our blogs. When people unsubscribe it makes you wonder why… So, since I am aware that I am no longer in high school, I am dropping the subject*

I don’t think I am a boring person; although, I probably tend to come across as a bit shy and awkward at first meeting, in person. This lead people in high school, and probably even still today, to consider me as snobby.

When we lived in Wisconsin, there were several people who thought I was uppity, just because I was from The East. Once they knew me, they all commented on how wrong they were.

So, I have found myself wondering why my blog numbers are so wacky. They are really inconsistent; some days I am surprised by how many people drop by. Others times I wonder if I’ve done something to offend the masses. I shower, wear deodorant and brush my teeth every day… so it can’t be a lack of hygiene.

I try to keep it interesting. Sometimes it gets heavy, but usually, things stay pretty light around here.

Therefore, I have some questions for you:

What types of posts interest you?
What brings you coming back to my blog?
What things do you think would improve my blog?
Is there something my blog should focus on? Stay away from?

If you have a moment, please answer these questions in comments.

I know I shouldn’t obsess over these things. Truly, I don’t. But it is all such a mystery to me and I’d like to get to the bottom of it.

As a side note, I found a new blog tool called Blog Rush. You can see their widget in my side bar, towards the bottom. It shows some posts on similar types blogs, and refers others to your blog (your posts get featured in that cool widget too!) I’m interested to see how it works. If you’d like to give it a try, go here.

Comments

  1. Megan (FriedOkra) says:

    I seriously hope that you WON’T obsess over any of those questions because you need to write about what you want to write about and not worry about all that other stuff. My numbers are WACKY too. Some days I strike a chord with many, some days I strike a chord with a few, and on rare days, I even get ZERO comments and very few readers. It’s all quite mysterious to me, as well. I panicked after I wrote about the package store, as it seemed like my blog went all ghost-town/tumble-weedy overnight after that. Figured people were disgusted I’d written about alcohol. THEN I realized: I need to be me. Exactly who I am. So that I attract and keep the readers/friends who like me for just that… me.

    As for you, I love you just the way you are and the only thing that would bring me back more often would be if you could somehow make your site smell like Declan’s little fuzzy newborn head. Then I’d probably never leave. ;) I’m kidding. That sounded stalkerish, I bet. I was kidding.

    You just be you. Readers will come and go, but YOU should remain constant, because you’re beautiful and interesting and wise and insightful just as you are. Period.

  2. Barbara H. @ Stray Thoughts says:

    Megan had the same thought process I did — your blog has to be an expression of you. My numbers are wacky and varying, too. the things I think might get great response don’t always — the things that do get responses often surprise me. I have many posts that go by with little to no comment, then suddenly will have several. I guess it is just that way and probably depends more on what’s going on in the reader’s life and the time they have on any given day.

    My blog also varies back and forth between the serious and the frivolous, the devotional and the day-to-day. I’ve often pondered whether I should should just one facet, but all those variations are a part of me and will be reflected in what I share.

    I don’t know how many times I’ve had to give the whole thing over to the Lord all over again.

  3. stephanie@{Olive Tree} says:

    Honestly, I don’t have any great answers to your questions … I just come by because I like to read what you write and get to know you … and I enjoy the fact that we are in the same local area and I “know” about places that you mention occasionally. :) I wouldn’t worry about it!

    (Oh, and I saw your comment you left me and I’m catching up on email from a weekend away – I’ll get to it shortly I hope!) :)

  4. I agree with Megan. I think watching the numbers will drive you crazy and there’s no rhyme or reason.

    You’ve just got to be yourself, write what you know and love, and not worry about the rest.

  5. You know, you are one of my very favorite bloggers. A LOT of people I know have switched from bloglines to google reader, which might have something to do with it. But I wouldn’t worry about it, either way.

  6. Just be yourself, Karla.

    I think everyone is finding this drop in subscriptions. I think it’s just a reflection of the huge looking at priorities that people seem to be doing right now. It’s so easy to get way too many blogs in your bloglines and it takes over your life. Not that I know anything about that. *ahem*

  7. I triple love what Megan said.

    And Beck’s right – lots of people are switching to Google Reader – which seems to be why more and more people have FeedBurner widgets in their sidebars. But I do not understand one single thing about FeedBurner, so that part of blogging remains a mystery to me.

    Just keep doing what you’re doing! :-)

  8. Oh, my goodness, Karla. I left a comment here a few hours ago (or so I thought) and it never “registered”. It was a good one too. Or maybe not. Perhaps it was deleted by the blog author?
    Whatever the case, the basic thoughts of it were: Blog for the original reason you began blogging in the first place; don’t try to blog in a way that attracts traffic . . . blog you. Your personality shows through in your posts, and that’s what I LOVE ABOUT YOUR BLOG. Your care and concern for fellow bloggers is evident in your writing, your comments, and your personal e-mails.
    Don’t change a thing.
    I love visiting here. It’s welcoming and inviting.
    ((HUGS))
    -Kimmy

  9. i come because for some crazy reason, i have this weird notion that you are my friend!! see, that is how you make people feel :) you write what you feel, you come and visit people, comment on their blogs, and show your heart! i have recently considered taking down my stats counter. i originally put it up b/c of the same reasons you wrote this post. i wondered why people didn’t “like” me enough to comment. so silly of me! now, i can’t even remember the last time i even looked at the counter!

    on a fun note, i am expecting some things to arrive this week and am excited about creating a goody box for you!! honestly, when i make it to nashville (i am hoping late fall/early winter) to visit my friend and her new baby, i hope you know i am making a lunch date with you too!!

  10. i ditto what everyone else has said. :) i love reading about you and getting to know you via this online form of communication. i would love to meet you eyeball to eyeball one day. wouldn’t that be grand? i just met darline (editor of CWO) last weekend. !!!!

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