And now, for something completely not important…
I am torn.
Part of me feels some… disapproval for bloggers who work tirelessly to gain more readers. I almost always immediately (have a few adverbs!) leave a blog that features every known blog-social-networking badge, award, link, etc. on their sidebar. “Click here to add me to your Bloggorific favorites!” “Subscribe Now!” I think that’s silly. I didn’t start blogging to join some popularity contest. And, I mistrust the content of blogs whose owners seen to be tailor-making their blogs simply to attract more page-views.
However, I must admit that I feel gratified that a fair number of people read this blog. WordPress has a page where one can see how many people have visited, and from whence they came, and what they’re viewing. It’s all very interesting. I like that my numbers are climbing.
And, I have registered my blog at ONE site, Technorati. I check my Technorati page once a week or so. I don’t know how they tally such things, but I watched my blog rank climb, where it peaked at 145,000-something. Then, I don’t know if they started calculating things differently, but I slipped back down to 210,000-something. I was, to my embarrassment, slightly miffed. What?? How did I lose 50,000+ in ranking, overnight? I don’t know, but the blog appears to be gaining steam once again. Right now, my blog is ranked #194,358, and my “Authority” is 41. I’m not sure what “Authority” is, but it seems to grow as the rank goes higher.
So, long story short, I’m not trying to gain readers, but I’m happy when more people read. I don’t think my blog will ever be immensely popular, and I refuse to try to puff it up into any more than it should be. I think I qualify as “really small niche interest.”