Writers are familiar with the phrase which titles this post. It generally refers to our writing, wherein we’re being encouraged to cut stories, trim them, get them lean and strong for submission. Remove what’s not relevant and strengthen what is. But now, I’m thinking of applying the expression to this blog and its content.
I’ve told you before about how I’m popular in India because of my bio-data posts. Those are, without doubt, the most traffic-generating items on my blog. A couple of times, I’ve had my own weekday posts outstrip the CV information in popularity, but not consistently. More often than not, the marriage requirements in south central Asia keep beating a path to my door.
I’m okay with that, for the most part. Well … I’ve made my peace with it, at least. But it’s one of those things I did as a cave-in to the search terms I saw on my blog. Rather than just letting the search term turn up nothing, in my frustration with constantly getting the search hits for something I mentioned in passing, I spent the better part of a day at work (yeah, I worked then) pulling as much information about marriage bio-data CVs together as I could, from as many sources as I found credible, and compiled it here with as many links as I thought viable at the time.
It worked. My hits started going nuts. Before long, I became one of the top searches for “marriage bio-data” on Google, along with a couple of other related searches. I’m near the top for most of them, and not much deeper than the third page on the weaker ones.
Now, that traffic accounts for most of what I get here on my blog. Which means I don’t really know what my blog is doing with active readers as opposed to random searchers seeking love via resume. I guess that’s not really a problem, but it did bring something to my attention I hadn’t thought of before:
What if I move that stuff off to its own blog?
I wouldn’t have to update it, could take down all the comment capability, and could just generally let it fly all on it’s own and forget it. Doing so would give a much better idea what traffic I’m seeing here on my personal posts, and what interest lies with what topics.
I don’t know if I can live with watching my line graph go into the crapper though. My hits now are pretty consistently over a hundred a day, but how much of that is traffic to this single topic, in which no one else has interest?
What do you all think? Should I move that stuff away to its own blog and let this blog’s hits rely on you, my faithful readers? Or should I leave well enough alone and STFU?
Sound off, y’all. I’d like to know.
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