Curated by Simba the Wonder Chimp
well, I never even heard of "GAWKER" until i read your post. Part of me wants to see what its all about, but the non-conformist in me doesnt want to support the "A List".
I have to admit that I've been actively courting new readers by fishing for links from Defamer, Gawker, and Wonkette, with some limited success (most recently a link this week from Wonkette to the "Many Moods of Dick Cheney" post from last summer). A link from one of these A listers pushes my hits from around 50-60 a day (and please note that a good percentage of that is random Google hits; I'd say I have around 15 regular readers) to about 300 or so, for a couple of days. The hope, of course, is that visiitors will like what they see, stick around, and contribute commments. That's the fun part. I hope to one day break from the D list to the C list.To be honest, when I started this blog almost two years ago, I thought I could gather around 100 regulars without too much effort, but that proved to be unrealistic. A year ago, I tried like hell to gather more readers by leaving comments and invites everywhere, and doing a lot of long, complicated, time-consuming posts. When this didn't work, I got discouraged and gave up blogging completely ... for about two weeks. Then I realized I enjoyed it no matter how small the readership. Yeah, I'd like more regular visitors--hence the fishing expedition at Wonkette--but I'm not hung up on it anymore.But enough of my yakking--let's boogie.
1) When busy sites link in to you, the temporary bump in traffic is just that, temporary. 2) On the other hand, if you frequent a busy site and folks there get to know and like you, you can gain a lot of new readers. I've gained a lot of new readers that way thanks to Smart Bitches and PBW.3) I go nuts if I get too obsessed with the numbers. I'm enjoying myself, though (and so are you, apparently), and that's all that matters.
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