I’ve made no secret about how big a traffic whore I am. Anyone who’s been following this blog for any length of time can tell you the higher my hit count goes, the more I like blogging. The converse causes me to obsess and want to figure out what I can do to drive more traffic my way.
Last summer, I solved that problem by noting how many searches I got for personal CVs used for marriage. This year, I’ve removed those pages from my blog and redirected the posts themselves to another site for that express purpose. So now, I have another question: are you more into hits, or comments?
See, lately I’ve gotten really, really good feedback from you guys. I’ve become completely addicted to it. I had a run for several days where my comment count was in the twenties, and it went straight to my head. It’s blogging crack, I tells ya, blogging methamphetamine. I’m hooked, and want more.
Seriously, though, are you more into having folks just come and read your words, or would you like them to give feedback? I’ve called my lurkers out twice. Once, I got someone to respond, and we’re dear friends to this day. The second time I did it … nothin’. Nobody peeked out to say hello, and that’s fine too. But since they won’t come out and talk, and since my comments have fallen off over the last few posts (they’re writer specific topics, which historically generated a lot of discussion), I wondered if I’m the only one suffering withdrawal.
Comment withdrawal. I’m shaking. I check the dashboard two, three times … an hour. I reply to people. I’ve been tempted to create a fake account to leave comments on my own blog, hoping to spark more from other people. I’m cruising the blogosphere like a junkie in search of a dealer in a seedy neighborhood, trying to get that fix, leaving messages all over. “Tell ‘im I need stuff, man; tell ‘im I’m hurtin’ and ta hurry up.” I’m sweating, jittery, and feel like bugs are crawling all over my skin. Which is kinda sexy now that I think about it.
Anyway, yeah … I’m hooked on your feedback, y’all. Am I the only one? Do you crave those messages from cyberspace to make your blogging efforts worthwhile, or are your efforts worthwhile no matter what you get back? Maybe blogging’s not about getting anything back to you. Me, I need the interaction now.
Any other junkies out there?
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