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  • I've written blog posts every day, sometimes several times per day, but get hardly any visitors.

    Just a few thoughts...

    1) I run noscript, if you rely on anything other than looking at your raw server logs for unique IP addresses... you won't see me visiting your site. And yes, I know that is a poor metric. I'm just pointing out some possible sources of error in your measurement methodology.

    2) I didn't see an easy way to subscribe to your site via an rss feed. That greatly reduces the number of articles I read on your site.

    3) I don't know how typical I am, but I read a lot. I post very little. That adds to the problems associated with determining "how big" the crowd is.

    4) Everyone should be able to have their say. Nobody should be required to listen. Post because you want to. Internal motivation beats external motivation every time.

    P.S. I have enjoyed your writing.

    • Hi,

      thanks for replying!

      ad 1) I've accounted for this; I'm combining Google Analytics with grepping through the log manually. But like I wrote, it's not really about the number of visits - it's about networking within the community. The number of visits were only the catalyst for thinking about this situation.

      ad 2) Hm, true - I didn't provide an explicit link, but Firefox and Safari show the "RSS" icon in the URL bar, so I thought it was sufficient. My bad, probably...