It's been more than six months since we re-launched Popehat and I decided to make a more serious effort at it by making blogging my primary hobby. I would have enjoyed it even if we had gotten no traffic; the daily writing exercise is fun and challenging (with occasional exceptions when it seems like a chore) and good training. The camaraderie with my co-bloggers is also well worth the effort.
However, we have substantially increased traffic. This weekend we passed 1000 people who had signed up for our RSS feed. More than 500 of those have signed up in the last two months alone. I have no idea how many of those are actually reading the damn thing, but the could if they wanted. We're routinely getting 500 – 800 visits per day on weekdays and 300 – 400 on weekends. Some of those are people visiting multiple times and not filtered by our software, but it's still well more than a handful. Our visitors have come from 82 different countries in the last month. An increasing number are coming here for the first time through referring links from a wider variety of blogs and forums, and more and more are coming through varied and increasingly bizarre searches.
Why does this matter? That's a good question. There's certainly a strong element of ego. It's easier to stay up another hour at night making sure you have a few posts in the can for the next day if you know hundreds of people will be checking to see if you wrote anything new. But there's also a community element. Incoming links lead me to new sites that will provide fodder for interesting posts in the future. New people bring interesting new perspectives, both on the front page and in the forums. And as more people read, more people send us links and stories for the front page, which are always appreciated.
In short, I think we're making a real go of it, and growing from a personal blog that only a dozen people read to a modest blog with a community. I appreciate the contributions of my co-bloggers, which include both front page posts and substantial help on the technical side of things.
Last 5 posts by Ken White
- Hate Speech Debate on More Perfect Live - September 5th, 2017
- Popehat Goes To The Opera: Un ballo in maschera - August 19th, 2017
- Department of Justice Uses Search Warrant To Get Data On Visitors to Anti-Trump Site - August 14th, 2017
- America At The End of All Hypotheticals - August 14th, 2017
- Lawsplainer: Why John Oliver Is Anti-Diversity Now - August 11th, 2017