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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Sensitive flower gives up blogging

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.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 4/27/2005 11:11:00 pm


Blogger ZenTiger said...

Sir Humphreys - the bloggers Museli.

4/27/2005 11:18:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Better than granola i guess.

4/27/2005 11:41:00 pm  
Blogger Lucia Maria said...

Definately. You can look forward to the raisins. And the nuts. MMMMmmmm

4/28/2005 12:06:00 am  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Damn, couldn't create a new blogger profile called Anonymous.

It does however confirm my suspicions that there already was a person out there, known to us only as Anonymous.

4/28/2005 12:28:00 am  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

But did you try Brave Anonymous? I see Mr Tim Selwyn has replied, in capitals no less. Probably shouldn't have replied to his comment without having mucho food, given my long hours recently.

4/28/2005 01:01:00 am  
Blogger Mike Readman said...

He sounds drunk. Rambling on and on.

PS. Consider this a regular comment.

4/28/2005 01:01:00 am  
Blogger Mike Readman said...

What kind of blog is that anyway? You can't even leave comments! It sounds like H1's real blog.

4/28/2005 01:03:00 am  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I think Fighting Talk is more columnists or small-time reporters who decided to give themselves an online forum, then couldn't figure out (or be bothered) how to make it work.

Mr Tim Selwyn certainly took his time replying point-by-point, even though his original comment was a little on the short side.

Unfortunately I need sleep, so can't reply to him tonight. Maybe Adolf will catch him early in the morning. Night.

4/28/2005 01:08:00 am  
Blogger Bernard Woolley said...

Ah the trick to reading blogs is to use RSS and a news feeder. Then you only have to return when posts are made. So you can easily keep an eye on irregular blogs - like mine ;)

4/28/2005 08:42:00 am  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Many people don't use them, so regularity is still very important.

4/28/2005 11:50:00 am  

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