3 Years of Blogging
I’ve been periodically looking at the stats that blogger
provides; and I’ve figured out that a new post reaches over 100 hits in about a
week and a half. I feel that is a fair
number. Older posts have higher numbers
as time goes on. The number also goes up
if I link to forum like TMP which I do every once in a while if I think it’s
especially interesting. These numbers might be influenced by bots, but I like to think that 100 ish people check out
the blog on a consistent basis. Gives me
the warm fuzzes.
At the time of writing this blog of A Terrible Loss of Lead and Wealth has generated 63,691 views. The top 3 posts are
I just find that interesting, just goes to show what people are searching for in google.
Of course, all these numbers are kinda meaningless overall
since I could get all the traffic in the world and there’s no profit from it. Because in the end, I’m all about them
dollars. Least I still like the name of the blog. It's kinda funny and kinda sad, just like me.
But I am sincerely pleased that the number of comments that each post generates has gone up over the years; averaging these days at around 24 comments (well 12 comments, as the other 12 are me replying). And the number of what I call “Symbiotic Blogging Relationships” has also increased. This is the circle of bloggers that regularly leave comments on my blog and I return the favor by regularly leaving comments on their blog; creating a circle of mutual encouragement. These I like best. As Norm has pointed out correctly (and I usually take almost everything Norm says as correct); it’d be impossible to comment on everything and every post that you come across in the wild world of the internet. It would just take too much time, and there is SO much stuff out there. For free even. So I take it as a real compliment when someone bothers to leave a comment here. Even if just a short one, because time is what really matters in this life. To the people who give me their time, it seems fair for me to give them mine. I do enjoy reading other people's blogs and leaving comments. And it doesn’t even really matter so much what the blog content is, as I kinda like all things miniature wargaming (and board gaming). But what I love is the interaction and making online friendships. So to all you Best Blogging Buddies out there, old and new, thank you for your encouragement. It can be weird to think that some of you have been online friends for years now, and we’ve never met. We might never meet, and it would be my loss.
The only (slightly) negative to blogging is that I feel a self imposed pressure in two areas:
1) That I want to post regularly. When someone stumbles onto the blog I want them to see that the blog is active and being updated. I think people are more likely to follow a blog if they see that it's still producing content. 2-3 times a month is not an onerous schedule (especially because more often than not it's two times) but it can be hard to keep up. If too long goes by without a post I begin to feel neglectful. It's kinda like exercise where if you skip it too much you get out of the habit. Except blogging is better than exercise because it doesn't involve getting out of breath and sweaty. It's not that I don;t have plenty of topics in my brain. There are a ton of topics out there. Which leads me to number 2..
2) That I want each post to be good. "Good" is subjective of course. After 3 years I'm still defining my winning formula for 'a good blog post but I got the basic format nailed down. I like my posts to be a little longer than a typical post but not too long. I want included some humor, some pretty pics, some format with a beginning, a middle and an end. Sometimes include some personal information so that you see I'm human and you'll want to be my friend. I want good editing and few typos. I want a positive feel. I would love it if each post was interesting and had something to say.
I know I am over thinking it. It's just a silly wargaming blog. But that's part of the fun. We're all responsible grown ups with a silly hobby and spending time talking about it together. Especially during these stressful times of pandemic and unrest I hope this blog is a pleasant distraction.
So...But No Wargaming Content in this Post Then?