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Looks like Matt Nippert of Fighting Talk rates himself more than his readers do.
At the end of his rather long Public Address-centric post, he writes (his emphasis): "Oh - and for the one person who contributed to my Haiku competition, here's a moment of web-glory for the contributor:" (followed by the Haiku)
Touchy. Blogs aren't necessarily about popularity or interaction with your readers, though of course most bloggers are interested in being appreciated. But this Nippert guy sounds like he thinks he deserves attention.
Fighting Talk has no visible hitcounter, so I've got no idea how widely read they are. But DPF's March stats has them at seven posts for the entire month of March.
The key to blogging is regularity. Readers must know how often to check back. And the most popular blogs are those a reader knows will have something new to read when they next browse the Internet, with the Instapundit at the most regular extreme. Why go back to a site like Fighting Talk if you can't guarantee you will find anything new?
As a side note, Sir Humphrey's is at around 250 [corrected - AL] posts and 600 comments for April. Comments have declined dramatically since anonymous commenting was disabled (damn trolls). Over April we have average unique visits of around 200 per day, and about 400 page hits per day. We had a big drop when Blogger went down for several days and quite a few readers disappeared :-(
Regularity is the key.
UPDATE on May 2nd: Anyone recently arriving here will be interested in this post.