Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Drivers on the Superhighway Facebook Bypass the Town of Blogville
Traffic through Blogville has been increasingly light over the past year. I noticed this first in the lack of comments I was getting. At first I chalked it up to the time of year or day of the week. Then I noticed it was more pervasive than that. It was without a pattern, but was also getting worse.
I have to admit I am among those non-commenters in Blogville. It is simple - I have little time to spend reading and commenting on posts. What time I have I use to catch up with my FURiends. I am sure many of you wonder where I am. Well, I am reading your blogs (kinda, more on that later) and enjoying your presence, but I am simply unable to comment a lot.
I try to spent a day a month commenting on posts - just so my FURiends know I still love them. Because I do - each and every one of you.
Red-faced, I also admit that sometimes I just skim the headlines - or the Google Reader synopsis. It is all I have time for, really. These forays never show up on your stats because I never really engage. Sorry. So if you think no one is reading your blog, maybe consider the headline skimmers. We are all doing it, I bet. And you have no way to tell.
Then I added a Facebook account for Noodles the Pug. Guess what. I found my readers were hanging out there on that superhighway we call Fb. Why not? News comes fast, comments are short - and then we are on to something else. We have camaraderie and support without putting in a lot of time.
Is Facebook surpassing Blogville? I hate to think this is true since, as a writer, I prefer the longer format of a blog. I also like the closeness of our little community when compared to the vast BIG CITY of Fb. But it is what it is, and I am afraid it may be the bypass that eventually chokes off Blogville from Internet traffic.Along the way, I found out some very interesting information. Maybe a third of my readers are entering via Facebook! They are commenting and "Like"-ing on Facebook. And unless you manually tally up those Fb likes and comments, you won't have a accurate picture of blog traffic.
What is my point here? Well, I guess I am telling myself and perhaps you, my readers, to not give up. Blogville is alive and well AND growing. Check out your stats to see that there is traffic to your site. If not, maybe it is time to reinvent ourselves. I, for one, have no intention of letting the readership highway pass me by.