By The Numbers
June 7, 2009

I originally started this blog after my teaching gig ended. I had an idea at the time that I would expose the mess that is our education "system" here in the U.S. (One problem, of course, being that there is no unified system - just as with our health care "system.") I quickly realized that I was too hurt and too close to the problems to write effectively about it.

So I did what I always do, wrote about whatever popped into my head. Seemed like my writing garnered some attention for a little while and I was accepted into 9Rules. At first Red Monkey blog was categorized as a personal blog, later it was categorized as commentary. The truth is it's a schizophrenic blend of personal, commentary and design. The blog changed as I did, which I think is how it should be.

Recent blog statistics:
Of the last 500 visitors, 87% left in under 5 seconds.
5% stayed 5-30 seconds.
5% stayed 30 seconds to 5 minutes.
About 3% stayed longer than 5 minutes.

The pages most frequently loaded and viewed are archive pages - "people say I have adhd but I think - hey look a chicken" is the most popular, followed by a Heinlein quote which is another category title: "never underestimate the power of human stupidity." A third category is also quite popular, apparently from people searching for pr0n based on the search terms that get him here: "storytelling - she was of course supposed to be sleeping." The search terms used are ... well ... *shudder*

Most frequently viewed articles include my disgust at Nerf for making a "toy" sniper rifle as well as my modification of a Nerf gun into a steampunk version. The other two articles that get much attention is a reposting of Jeremy Lavine's goofy "essays" and my frustration with AT&T.

I used to get around 500 hits per day ... I am now down to 50 - 100 hits per day and the bulk of those hits are coming from Google image searches.

I have enjoyed the interactions I've had and I have really loved the friendships I've made online. That alone makes me loathe to shut this down. But the truth of the matter is I'm not the best about reciprocation. I do read other blogs, but not very often and not nearly consistently enough. I rarely comment because, to be honest, most blogs I read get tons of comments already and I generally feel like I have nothing to add to the conversation that hasn't already been said. Of course, this means I break the prime rule of blogging - if you want comments, you need to comment. Blogging is about relationships and interaction.

Which leaves me wondering why I keep the blog open.

Great reduction in hits, next to no comments ... and my own inconsistency in posting. On the other hand, I got a comment while I was writing this post and thinking about the future of this blog. And, I have, according to the Feedburner chiclet anyway, more readers now than ever before.

I wonder now if I should have joined BlogHer when they first contacted me as that certainly seems to be where most bloggers I know online are at - and the network certainly seems to be really good. At the time I did not join because I wasn't sure my blog in all of its vastly wild topics was really a fit for something called BlogHer. I'm still not sure about that answer, although the fact that I follow a bunch of BlogHer folk over on Twitter certainly indicates I was/am probably wrong about this blog fitting into BlogHer.

So I'm asking my readers:
1) Do you want this blog to continue?
2) What kinds of posts do you want to continue to see?
3) What posting time frame works? Three times a week? more?
4) What is your opinion of the BlogHer network?

Your answers, either in the comments or via the contact link at the top of the page, will help me decide what I'm going to do next with Red Monkey. Regardless of what happens, thank you for hanging around. I do appreciate it.

Posted by Red Monkey at June 7, 2009 8:11 AM | Blog | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |


Tara R. said:

I've never reached 500 hits consistently, here lately I'm lucky to break 200. I'm a member of BlogHer but don't utilize it to the fullest potential. Maybe if I did I'd have more visitors myself.

I enjoy your blog, whatever you've decided to write about. If you enjoy it, keep writing, don't worry about the traffic.

(That's easier said than done, I still fret about numbers much more than I should.)

June 7, 2009 11:10 AM


Mark said:

Let me tell you about my own attitude to blogging instead. I'm a horrible blogger in terms of regular postings and reciprocity, just horrible. Sometimes I'm really active and other times I'm just not feeling it. But if it is to become a job where I worry about my audience and frequency of postings and such, I really would have to close it down. Instead, though, I view it as a place where I can post when I feel like it. My readership isn't really regular, but I can promote posts via social media if I feel really strongly about it. Otherwise I just do it for me and to heck with it.

I also go through phases when it comes to visiting other blogs. Sometimes I'm really good about it. Other times I'm overwhelmed by work and have to make choices.

My wish? Let the blog live and blog when and about what you feel like.

I don't know about the BlogHer community. Hadn't heard of it before.

June 7, 2009 11:12 AM

I know I'm lousy at commenting and mostly read blogs in my feedreader, and I spend too much time on Twitter. But I just love blogs, and the concept or having your own space. I think that if your space isn't resonating for you right now, you could take a sabbatical to decide, and that people will wait for you to pop up again in their feedreaders. Somehow I think blogs are coming back.

June 7, 2009 11:02 PM
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