Saturday, January 28, 2012

Am I Just A Number?

Since January 1'st of this year my blog has grown. I've had 3,885 pageviews in 27 days, have tripled the number of followers and receive 50 or more comments per post. Why and how did this happen? It happened because I decided to "grow my blog" and I became concerned with my blogs "statistics".

There is an upside and a downside to this. The upside is that I've got to meet some very nice new people, that I otherwise never have met. Also, I have a drive to create. Drawing, photography, verse and comedy are what I do best and having people to share these things with is wonderful. The downside is quite simply "the numbers" and my increasing obsession with them.

This is something I'm ashamed of and I'm not going to do it anymore. I'm too tired and it's not what I came here to do. I miss the days when my blog was "small" (in comparison to many blogs, it is still small) and I knew every person that commented, had read all their posts and profiles and thought about who they were as real people and wanted to get to know them better. There's no time for that now and it saddens me.

The upshot is this. I'm not going to try to grow this blog for a long while. I'm going to slow down, continue to turn out quality work and take the time to get to know the nice people who take the time to leave a comment on this wee bit o' blog.

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  1. If you dont mind me asking, how did you get so many followers and views in so little time? And comments also. Im very interested lol.

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    1. I was featured by a rather large blog of note and picked up a lot of new people and then I upped the level of my own creativity by doing cartoons and art as part of my posts.

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  2. But yeah congrats on you racomplishments. Im pretty jealous lol

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  3. I know what you mean! My blog is not nearly as successful as yours but with growing followers it's hard to visit other blogs and get to know the readers.

    Congrats on your success!

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    1. I know and that concerns me. I don't have the time to read through peoples previous blogs and find out what they're really all about. I used to go back to the first post to see how they started and read their profiles. I miss that.

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  4. And sometimes life just happens and all of a sudden a couple of weeks have gone by...that is me right now...all I have had time for is writing my own blog and checking in on comments for two seconds. I don't like it because I feel like I have been missing out...because I have! I am not going anywhere, so when you have time to stop by I will be there =D

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    1. Thank you Melanie. That's been a problem for me too. I've missed getting back to people and I feel bad when that happens. I'm on my way over to visit you now!

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  5. It's amazing how important those numbers become... it's nice when others are interested in what we share with them. I agree... there is a good side to being well known but also to being less known. It can get tiresome when others almost demand of us to keep putting posts out and then discouraging when people just say 'nice post' with nothing more to offer. But I also notice how important the people become... almost as if you feel you can't post certain things because so-and-so won't like it or it might offend what's her name. I've had that happen to me on some writing sites... I start to worry about what others think rather than how good it feels to just write what needs to be written. I would say to do what feels good in your writing and if others like it, great... if they don't, that's okay too... just don't let the demands overwhelm you.

    Oh... hello... I'm glad I happened by... LOL!

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    1. I'm glad you happened by as well. I worry a lot about what other people think too. I'm always worried about offending someone too and lose focus of the joy of creating something I can be proud of. And the nice post comments hurt too. I put 6-8 hours putting together a single post and some people don't even notice. They just want a comment in return. But those people who were with me from the beginning are with me still and they've stood behind me while I got my legs under me and I'm still fiercely loyal to them. Those people mean everything to me.

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    2. It can be hard to find just the right group of people to share writing with… often groups are already formed and members are reluctant to let new people in… for various reasons. I belong to a writing website since about 2003 and, although it’s still there, most everyone has left or pop in only once in a while. So I think people start to become reluctant because they just don’t know when someone will leave and you really become attached to people over time. The last poetry site I was on pushed me back into getting a blog because it was so full of nonsense and junior high mentality. I’m an adult and don’t need that garbage. I have other blogs and writing in them once in a while… but my poetry and short stories are important to me and I want to keep this new one active… but I get paranoid about who’s looking or what they’re doing. It’s silly, I know… but I was like that when I was a teen first writing poetry and there was no such thing as the Internet. LOL!

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    3. The group I'm talking about is well-established, mature and full of master poets. I love reading the work. I know groups can become silly and childish and then counterproductive. It takes guts to publish something as personally intimate as a poem.

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  6. As long as you're happy and satisfied with blogging, the numbers shouldn't matter! :P.

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    1. I know and at first they didn't matter to me. I lost sight of that fact and the some of the fun left. I'm going to post less and get the fun back.

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  7. Wow..seriously, I was getting happy for approaching a TOTAL of 2000 views! Haha..but I guess I have only been blogging for a month or two.

    You deserve it though, you have a great blog. I'm hoping I can say all of this for myself later this year!

    Congrats!

    GM x

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    1. I have a blogger buddy who has over a million pageviews! He's wonderful and he pays attention to all of his followers. He's personable and sweet and the huge number of pageviews haven't changed him. I admire him. His name is Dez, he's The Hollywood Spy. You can find him on my blogroll on the right.

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  8. I so know that feeling. Part of the reason I moved so the numbers werent always in my face. It is lovely to see new people but blogging should not be hard work. Part of the reason I love coming here is you take the time to reply to comments and in turn come and visit me and leave thoughtful feedback.

    I guess it all depends on your reasons for blogging

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    1. Thank you Mynx. There are other bloggers here that are considering leaving for the same reason you did. Your page on WordPress is so pretty and I think most of us follow you there.

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  9. Well, it depends on what you were originally blogging for. I started my blog as a means to talk to my classmates (sad, I know), but when ABftS joined me, well, the original audience was just out of focus.

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    1. I started blogging when I came to the States. I have a lot of friends in England (yes an Irishwoman with British friends!) and we keep in touch via twitter. With the difference in time zones, it was the easiest way to communicate with them despite the different time zones. Now I rarely have time to tweet with them. I'm slowing down up here and talking to them again via DM like I used to.

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  10. I started with the numbers. Page views, followers,, general stats. That lasted about a month. The quality in post is so much more when I'm not trying to get people to read. The best part is, though, that the better the quality, the more people 'want' to. The numbers get there anyway, they just don't need to be focused on. Too hard anyway.

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    1. The one thing I haven't done is sacrifice quality. If somethings going to have my name on it, it has to meet my standards. I won't post something I don't like. You've got a great thing going on your blog and you're one of those people that I comment on even when I don't post. I do that because you're good and also because I've grown to like you as a person D4.

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    2. Aw thanks Anne! It's a pleasure to continue getting to know you :)

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  11. Great numbers for the great blog :) I hope i get your pageviews/day some day.

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    1. Thank you. You look like an Irishman. Are you?

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  13. Congrats on the growth spurt! I don't blog just for the numbers but I know for me sometimes it does feel like a game where I'm constantly trying to beat my high score, and it's always encouraging to see a burst of traffic or a bunch of new comments from fresh faces.

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    1. Same here. But it does become a bit of a trap. I used to be thrilled at 50 pageviews in a day. Now, if it's under 150 I wonder "what did I do wrong?" That's the wrong approach for me to take.

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  14. even though i chose to grow my blog and care about stats too i met a lot of cool people, learned a lot of cool things, and came across so many cool things which i never knew about until blogger. :)

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    1. I have too. I'v actually learning about American Football! I'm a rugby fan and my Hubby doesn't watch football, so I've only seen one or two games. And I'm finding all the video games that I want to buy and can't afford.

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  15. Great blog! awesome background :D

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  16. I know what you mean when it comes to this Anne. I know if I ever was to expand my blog I'd feel bad because I love how currently I've gotten to know almost everybody who leaves nice, interesting comments on my blog and I'd hate to not be able to do that if my readers expanded. With that said views are good and you deserve it Anne, you deserve more in fact so don't feel bad over it!

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    1. Thank you Matthew. I think you and I have the same feelings about the people we follow. We both comment on those we care about, even when we're not posting ourselves. What I feel bad about, is paying to much attention to numbers and not having the time to care about the people.

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    2. That's very true and it's something that I do try to avoid but I don't know, I could see it happening if I expanded though so I wouldn't feel bad.

      I'm actually just about to write up a post about something similar about how this is my best month for views so far and hope you don't mind, I'd honestly been planning it for a while. Hope you're husband's a bit better too, he's been in my thoughts.

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    3. I just read it. I love the pic of you looking all angry. It's so out of character for you. And I'm impressed that the coppers called you into the station. I'm going to post some funny stories about me, Michael and the Garda sometime. We were little holligans!

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    4. Haha, I can't wait to hear those stories. I'm curious as to whether Garda brutality is as tough as police brutality! I've actually blogged before about getting arrested and charged for burglary for something I did when I was 16 a few months ago but I can't seem to find it, someday I'll repost the story though!

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  17. Yeah I know what you mean, that was me over Christmas. Ever since I got back to Glasgow I haven't been too concerned though and it's been nice haha. Nice post pretty lady!

    - Ash

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    1. Thank you Ash. You're attending uni there aren't you? Time is something you probably don't have much of right now.

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  18. I'm terrible about these things. I don't even notice I have a new follower until I get a comment from someone I don't recognize as having commented before. Then I stop and look to see if there's anyone new.

    Most of the people who view my blogs are probably phishers or spammers trolling for a place to leave a bad link or something, based on where they are geographically. I have a small audience and haven't gone out of my way to build it.

    How terrible am I? Last time I checked, I'm the only one who signed up for my reading challenge. *shrug* Oh well. I'm off to have my morning coffee.

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    1. You're not terrible at all. The problem is that you do a blog that is a very well done literary blog and people love schlock above all else. If there was a group of people like yourself to partner with, that would be great.

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  19. There isn't much wrong with wanting to grow your blog. I've recently had a small go at it myself. I have a very low number of readers compared to followers, but I am at a decent size. I'm at the stage between being small and not knowing everyone who comments. But you aren't the number here, we are. But you don't treat us like just numbers, you talk to as many people as you can in the comments. You show you do care about us and part of me worries about the day when I'll have so many commenters I can't reply to them all actually.

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    1. You do a good job of running your blog Mark. You post 7 days a week and you set aside time each morning to go out and comment. And you respond to our comments as well. You're followers are loyal to you. I comment on your page now even if I don't post. You deserve the loyalty.

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    2. Being an unemployed shut in seriously helps. If I either go sane or get a "real" job then I don't know how it's going to affect my blogging. Part of me still hopes to see the day I can actually make a living out of blogging, but it's very very tough to get to that stage. Thank you for your loyalty though ^^ I'm still having trouble accepting there are people who want to read what I have to write. I am WELL off doing this for a living. Still at least I haven't sold my soul, yet. I don't even know if I have one to sell.

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    3. You have one Mark, don't sell it though. Some people claim to be doing it. I have no idea how they do it. I make pennies a day with Adsense. Some days it's .03 cents. Lord Google is a cruel master.

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    4. I think the less said about our generous overlords the better. She was just kidding oh mighty ones. I hit the payout on average every three months, and if you make too much you get autobanned anyway because they suspect foul play, even if you're totally legit. Like myself. I've even turned down offers of unscrupulous deals involving Adsense.

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  20. there should be a colon after "upshot is this" just fyi.

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    1. oh, here is our dear Edmund with his linguistics :)
      Where have you been hiding, Edmund? Haven't seen you in ages.

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    2. Did you know E that you were my very first troll? It was you that inspired me open my Troll of Fame. I spoke of you with such fondness when I inducted you. 'Tis a shame you missed it. I'll be sure to make more mistakes so you can correct me. Most men with really small dicks need to feel superior in order to compensate for their "short comings" I love you, my first and favorite troll.

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    3. that's my Annezilla :)
      Don't get angry with Edmund (I gave him that name from BLACK ADDER since he wouldn't reveal what E stands for :), he's a nice bloke just a bit straightforward sometimes.

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    4. It wouldn't bother me Dez, if he ever said anything else on my page. But he doesn't. He only comes over to criticize and it pisses me off. And I've seen him leave friendly comments on other pages, but never, not once on mine. To me this is pure trolling. Guido says he smells like a troll too. I won't be mean, he'll get the attention he craves from my loving pen.

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    5. oh, now what is this that I hear E? Anne is one of the best people in the world, and it is not nice being mean to angels like her. There are too many devils and Orcs around us on whom you can use your weapons, don't use it on nice people like Anne!

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  21. 'tis true, Annezilla dearest, once you get hooked on the numbers there's no way back... it's an addiction.
    I remember when my HOLLYWOOD SPY had about 100 visitors per day back at the beginnings and now I have up to 4,000 a day. And what can I do, I can't disappoint thousands of people who turn to me every day even on Sundays when even the evil pope is resting his Prada clad feet. I feel I have a constant obligation to all of them.
    SO if you can, try to control it if you want, and post only when you feel like it otherwise you will end up like me - it's a regular job for me now :) it even brings money :)

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    1. Damn you Dez! I knew those penguins were out stealing money for you.

      That's awesome though be nice if rhyming was my regular job.

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    2. it's not a regular job, since I have a daily job :) but I meant that it feels like one with all the effort and time you have to put in it :)

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    3. I know Dezzy dear. We love you and you can't deprive us now. And we all know the Pope reads your blog. He loves it when you dish the dirt and he always enjoys a look at the handsome men on your page. You're doing the Church a service luv. I can't make a living on here either boys. Lord Google pays slave wages. We need to form a union!

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    4. oh, my, Annezilla, don't scare me, if that Devil of a Pope reads my blog and does a little dance with his red Prada shoes (which if sold could feed half of Somalia) while watching my hunks, I'm closing the site immediately!

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    5. Just think of all the altar boys your saving with your work.

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  22. The same thing happened to me, Anne only on a waaaay smaller scale. Most of my page views are lurkers because of my content (who wants to be posting on what I talk about?) so when people started following me I was surprised and then I wanted to "keep" them following me and started to wonder how can I keep the new people interested in my blog and had to back up and realize, hey wait, I'm not blogging for them, I'm blogging for me...and, you and Barfly and a few others have stayed...my true blogging buddies =) <-------- longest sentence ever!!!!

    Have a great weekend Anne, you rock and so does your blog!

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    1. I can see why you'd get the "lurkers". But I'd imagine that when they realize that you're giving the subject a serious treatment they disappear. You also happen to be a very good writer. Have you ever considered authoring a book? I'd buy it.

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    2. *blushing* awww shucks Anne, you are far to kind

      (secretly hoping you'll continue...) =P

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    3. okay I will. You could also become a therapist. You've the practical experience an you already know the psychology. I still think you should write a book.

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    4. *now just beet red, kicking the dirt in sheer embarrassment*

      awww, shucks, Anne

      One of these days I'm going to write an anonymous memoir so I don't embarrass the kids =)

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    5. Anne,

      no need to publish this comment, I'm sorry you have to moderate your comments now. I had to do the same because of my blogs topic. I got some idiots posting some really crappy, immature crap on there for awhile.

      Hugs,
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    6. It's just till Monday. I've got this troll that I blocked months ago that got around the block and showed up yesterday. I didn't want him hitting my page while I wasn't online and paying attention.

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    7. why do people have to be such morons??

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  23. Your blog is amazing, your cartoons are great & your poems & verses are beautiful, I'm totally new to blogging lark, but i just write about things I like & hope other people like them too,or maybe the fact i've introduced them to something new. Keep up the good work & hope you don't mind but you've got yourself another follower :)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Dani. I'm on my way now to your page to return your kindness.

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  24. Hey! You have a sweet blog. I like your cartoons. Glad to hear that you are doing great with this blog. +1 follower, here!:)

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    1. Thank you Kristjan. I'm on my way over to return your kindness.

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  25. I'm just glad I found you... I'm one of the "newcomers" from that "Blog of Note." I'll be a regular visitor until the writing stops. And I thank you for the visits you've paid to me.

    I also obsess over my numbers and stats, (Hits = Self Worth = People Love Me!) but don't do anything in particular to attract newcomers. (Mostly because I wouldn't know what to do.) All I can do is try to write something entertaining, provocative or mildly educational and hope that good work prevails.

    I've been fortunate enough to meet a number of blog friends IRL, having organized a couple of get-togethers, and it totally made the whole blogging experience worthwhile.

    But it's funny when as you crunch your numbers, you realize that whether people comment or not, you see the same addresses turn up day after day. You start to think, "Now these people are counting on me... What have I gotten myself into? Now I'm obligated to perform!"

    But I get over that pretty quickly... If I didn't blog, I'd be forced to go stand on a street corner and recite things to passersby.

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    1. I agree. It does get tied into my sense of self-worth and I sometimes end up feeling horrible at thhe end of the day. Even after I've created something that I know is pretty good. I think the bigger danger is when you have a really huge blog (much, much bigger than mine), the temptation is to think you're better than you really are. I don't plan on getting that big though.

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  26. I think it's easy to get distracted with how many followers you have. I only consider people real followers if they're commenting on my posts, because that's the only way for me to know they've actually read them. It's hard to get to every post though, when you follow a lot of blogs.

    Good for you putting the focus back on the content!

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    1. I agree B. Those are the ones you don't forget and the ones you stick with no matter what.

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  27. Anne, I truly think I owe it to you as being that special blogger that helped kickstart my blog. I too wanted to up the anti and started the approach of finding funny female blogs and sort of playing on the diva thing. You featured me on your late night show and it was a thrill for me and put the desire into my like never before. I hope your guest post from yesterday is seen by your followers. Please do whatever you want to make sure. If you want to copy it all back here, link to my site, or whatever, please mention it without promoting my blog. Your work and talent are incredible.

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    1. You mean a lot to me Barfly. You're one of those people that, even if I don't post I comment on your page. I may be late getting there, but I always get there. I'll post that on my site next week and put a link back to your page along with it.

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  28. This is true. I have met several people through here that you sort of think as "friends". While I never met them, I feel like I know them. When you become over burdened with visiting 5000 blogs a days just b/c, you lose that feeling. Everyone starts looking the same.

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    1. I know, there are some bloggers who mean a great deal to me. Thankfully there's email and twitter and we get to talk to each other outside blogger as well. But you can't do that with everyone

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  29. My blog receives around 5,000 page views a day but I only receive more than a dozen comments for each post and most of them are only a sentence long. You are lucky that most of your followers are willing to take their time to give you their thoughts. Reading their lengthy comments makes me envy this tiny community you've created with your blog.

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    1. That's a whole lot of pageviews. I think one of the reasons I get long comments from people is that I leave long comments. I try my best to read each blog and take time to let the person know that I've taken the time to read what they've put so much of themselves into. The problem now is finding the time to keep that up. I'm going to be posting less and that should make it easier for me to keep on an even keel.

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  30. Yeah there is a balance to it. If it starts feeling like it's a job or work(unless it actually is, like Dez) then you know it's time to slack off a bit. I would much rather have ten comments from people who take the time to read than ones that say, nice post and you know they are full of crap and never read. As far as posts go so far my muse lets me do one daily, so I keep at it. It's kind of like your own little community and it's nice hearing from those who you like to hear from and read, rather than worrying about stats and having 14,000 followers with 1 comment on each post(seen it on another blog, sad) But once you have a base stats do come on their own, not quite as fast as you going out and about, but fast enough.

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    1. You're unique Pat. Not only does your brain manage to spin out quality work everyday, but you respond so cleverly to each comment and you comment in return. There's a sense of loyalty and friendliness on your page and I will never leave you Pat. NEVER.

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  31. Awww sis! I know it can be easy to get caught up in the numbers. It feels good to know that people want to read what you have to say. I also know how personable you are and how important it is for you to feel connected to your readers. Just do what resonates with you. Love you!

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    1. We've talked about this haven't we? How we women have such a strong need to connect and to nurture and how that gets in our way sometimes. Between that and being Catholic, I'm doomed.

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  32. So, I don't have to go away?
    That would make me sad.

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    1. No you don't Al. I'm glad to see you hear and glad that you've forgiven me for being such an eejit! We'll have to get together for a chin wag sometime and bend elbows over a pint or two.

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    2. Or many.
      And look at you with all this "blogging love!" And isn't that what it's all about?

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    3. With Hubby being ill, I've blogged less and will have less time in the coming weeks. So I had time to examine my reasons for blogging and I realized I can't do it in order to get numbers. I've no time to actively grow my page and still do a good job with my posts.

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  33. it can get a bit addicting checking the numbers all day

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  34. It can take a bit of
    time to find that
    balance. But you
    will find it.

    Meanwhile, keep being
    yourself and don't get
    sucked into that whole
    stat thing.

    Just keep being the
    wonderful you, you
    already are.

    Cheers & Boogie Boogie.

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    1. Thank you so much for those kind words. It means a lot especially coming from a fellow wargame fan. I think those boys ought to make a little button for us to put on our pages in recognition of our support. Ray knows how to use MSPaint, so I think he should make us a flag of our own!

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    2. Oh my gosh, I
      would love it
      if Ray made us
      our own flags.

      How fun is that?

      Glad I found your
      Lurk sent me over.

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    3. Did he really. Angry is so sweet, but don't tell him I said that! He doesn't think I know. I got the sweetest comment from another wargamer and I'm going to design a badge for my page and install a translator so the wargamers who speak different languages can read the blog more easily. If Ray will design us a flag, I'll replace my badge with that. Let's gang up on him!

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    4. It'd be my honour, ladies. I've got a few idea in mind already as I write!!!!

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    5. Thank you Ray! I'm so excited I can't wait to see it!!

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    6. Anne: Lurk is a big teddy bear but don't tell him I told you that, either.

      Ray: So excited. You make blogging fun, Ray. And Lurk and now I'm chatting with Anne because of you guys.

      Too cool.

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    7. I've got a soft-spot for the big Irishman and he really is a teddy bear underneath that tough exterior (but I'm not telling him either).And the two of them together are hysterical. Ray is a doll for making this for us isn't he. The two of them don't stand a chance now that we're friends though!

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    8. Married myself an Irish guy. And when I started eating meats recently, I bought a pretty good Irish cookery book. Lots of fun.

      Ray and Lurker are two of the funniest bloggers out there. Great guys, but we can't let them know we think that.

      :-)

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  35. Anne! I'm not surprised with your "success"! you are always kind with everyone and your posts are always surprising and ... different !
    Sometimes it's hard for me to read a long post in english because I don't understand all!
    But now, I read yours from the beginning to the end!
    (and sometimes, I feel me (?) very intelligent!)
    So many thanks!
    A new "Anne's Addict" !!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Sam. English isn't your native language and most English speakers are not bilingual. But you are bilingual. You stand head and shoulders above most people Sam. I wish I could speak your language as well as you speak mine!

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    2. Too nice Anne: stop, I could cry! (lol!) I do my best and I'm always trying to be a good man, it's not easy, but I know some men and women in blogs and forums who give me great examples!

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    3. Sam your comment was so touching it did make me cry a wee bit. I intend to honor you and some of the other wargamers who have made me so welcome on their pages tomorrow. I've something special planned and I hope you all like it. It's the best way I can think of to say "Thank You"

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  36. This reminds me of the movie surrogates lol if you haven't seen it it's pretty interesting

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    1. I've seen it and I wish it was. Then Bruce Willis would be on my page. I adore him. He's the sexiest man alive.

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  37. i feel you in this...more than you know...its the blessing and the curse...i never really 'tried' to grow mine, but it did and now there re those that wont comment because they dont want to feel like another number...i miss the tight groups that i have hung with through the years...so i feel you...

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    1. I lost two of the people I started out with for the same reason. In your case the growth is due to a very high caliber of poetry. I'm glad that there are so many people who are willing to support a page like yours.

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  38. No shame in keeping an eye on the numbers, but focusing on them can indeed lead down a weird path. Either way, I respect the fact that you strive for a more personal touch with your blog, it can indeed be lacking in this digital age.

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  39. You seem to be a very nice person. Couldn't help myself from following, sorry for making your blog a little bit bigger. ^^
    Hope you continue to as you put it "turn out quality work ". Have a nice day! :)

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  40. I'm sorry I've been such a twat about commenting lately, I've had me head up me own arse again! Thanks for stopping by my blog, I appreciate it!

    I'm not surprised that your blog is so popular, you're a fantastic writer and your pictures are awesome! You also care about your followers, which makes me feel very special indeed. Just know that I hold you in the same high regard. You're gem, Anne! :)

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    1. I got behind too and that's one of the reasons I felt so bad. Don't worry about it. I keep my head up my arse all the time, just so I'll remember where I put it.

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  41. Sadly, I was concerned with the stats of my blog since day 1. It became a kind of project/test for myself, see if I could make a successful and moderately popular blog.

    I started well and I think I'm inbetween being a small blog and a big blog like yours. I'd like to make the transition though, want to share some of your secrets? :P

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    1. It was really due to A Beer For The Shower doing that comic strip of me. I grew and it just snowballed from there. I'm not concerned about numbers anymore though. I'm just going to have fun doing it and let the numbers take care of themselves.

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  42. 'Tis tough being popular!! But in your case at least it is well deserved. ;)

    I don't consider myself a pothead so much as a nighttime-only stoner. It helps me sleep, which means I take quite a bit less dyphenhydramine for my insomnia, which means my liver might carry me into my sixties as opposed to kicking it before I hit 50......

    New Jersey is indeed its own entity. Our powers are not at their best currently I'm afraid, but that's only because those of us True New Jersians have been a bit preoccupied with coming up with the best to way to find and annihilate the casts of Jersey Shore and Jerseylicious, because those shows in no way represent New Jersey and they make the rest of us look bad.
    :D

    Hope you're having a smashing weekend!!!!


    xoxo

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    1. I was just kidding a bit with you. I used to smoke it for the same reason for a while. It put me out at night. Now when I was a teen I smoked it for other reasons. That is a horrible show and it's so bloody popular. It is funny though how your state shows up as if it's is own country. You guys rock!!

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  43. The obsession with statistics is all-consuming like a drug. I think you've found the reason why you started blogging and that's a good thing. I've stopped by before but now I'll have to hit that follow to really drive home the irony that you're getting a follower out of a post devoted to not trying to grow your blog.

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    1. Thank you so much. We follow so many of the same blogs, I think it's high time we followed one another. I'm honored that you decided to push that button. I'm on my way over now to follow you too.

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  44. Don't worry about the numbers! (I know, easier said than done)

    You're a sweetheart and you have a great sense of humor.

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  45. There is always a balance between quality and popularity...and being a new arrival I would put a lot of your popularity down to the quality of your blog.

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  46. I'm sitting at a computer for the first time in days. I haven't had time for anything else. But now its just me and the hum of machinery and wire getting cut. I'm trying to catch up because there are so many interesting blogs out there to read. A post by Angry led me here and I liked what I saw and decided you were well worth reading, so definitely not just a number.

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    1. Thank you Kris. I appreciate all of you wargamers that I follow. I love what you guys do and admire the amount of knowledge and talent that goes into it. I'm going to put you up on my blogroll. Soon I will have a flag to put up on my blog to display my dedication to all of you guys.

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    2. Thanks Anne, always nice to be appreciated.

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  47. Very nice perspective. I like that you are going to focus on what was working. I wish you a lot of success in keeping your blog the way you like it.

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  48. I know what you mean. I started off just like anybody else with my blog, but as I got over like just 30 followers I realized that it was getting just too big to take care of. the monster was going to consume my entire life if i was to keep it growing at the current rate. so, i just said I would do what I can, and let the chips fall where they may.

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  49. Wow, that's pretty awesome growth in such a short space of time. You should mention it to Snoop Dogg. He might give you free backstage passes to his next show to ask about growing tips.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/15253412

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  50. Well, Im glad we "met" cause you crack me up!!!!

    I used to follow some blogs, had a nice personal feel to it, then they got big.........stopped acknowledging their commenters......I stopped following.
    Its about being creative and doing what you like, regardless of how many people follow you!!

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  51. Congradulations on all the success! I know what you mean about big numbers! But I think the more you do it the easier it gets!... I hope...

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