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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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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

    • 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...

  • I know that you say you've now closed your blog, but I think you are giving up too soon. You had a couple of good posts (such the Moose dissection), and more stuff like that would be nice.

    The one line announcements you post to use.perl aren't compelling, so maybe you could write more than that you have a new post to interest people in following the link. To get your blog noticed, you have to talk about it (not just mention it) everywhere. Comment on other people's blogs that you found the solution to their

    • True; I'm impatient and easily frustrated. And I did not know about Perlsphere. And your idea about promoting via comments on other blogs is interesting; I hadn't thought about that. But then, like I said, I didn't want to link-spam just to get noticed.

      And I see your point about the non-compelling one-liners, however I believe the objective - as expressed in perlbuzz and by Schwern - was to have more Perl sites. My posts weren't that long to begin with, so to excerpt them to get people to look at the blog i

      • I see your point about the non-compelling one-liners

        FWIW, I had noticed them and deliberately ignored them. I consider it spam.

        Also FWIW, I disagree with the idea of spawning other sites. I like this site because of its high ratio of good quality posts.

      • I've started to write a longer post about it in my blog [szabgab.com] but right now I am quite busy with other stuff so I say just a few words, though I might just repeat what brian d foy [perl.org] said.
        • Don't be afraid from some level of cross posting, that is post here links here and elsewhere to your blog.
        • Sometimes post here a full entry with links to your blog.
        • Write stuff that is interesting to you.
        • Link to other places.
        • Ask others (even in e-mail) to link to your site/blog whatever.
        • Lots of patience.
        • People are busy. Ofte
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  • I do read your blog, but 1st, I have JavaScript disabled if it's really not needed for the functionality of the site. I won't be in Google Analytics, sorry. 2nd, I read the blogs and news only when I have time that is not too often but then I read them in a burst. So you'll get one hit from me for reading all of your blog entries, sorry again.

    I'm not so crazy about decentralization. I really like the use.perl.org that is aggregating blogs of my "use.perl.org friends".

  • Hanekomu do blog about your modules. Who else knows them better and is more interested in them than you? Reading Pod on CPAN is boring, reading somebody's blog with cool usage makes much more fun!