Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Improving the Blog

I've been wondering if those of you who visit this blog - the few, the proud, the slightly off-kilter - would mind answering a few questions. You see, I've been wondering what I can do to get you to comment, and what else I can do to bring more visitors. The more the merrier, right?

What brought you here?
What brings you back?
If you only stop here every once in a while, what would encourage you to come by more often?

I know I spend a lot of time talking about writing - after all, that's the purpose of The Writing Spectacle in whichever incarnation you enjoy - but are all the posts about the biz turning you off?

I know I used to get more comments on posts I ranted during or those when I needed some encouragement. I stopped writing those kinds of posts since the transfer to this new home because I was feeling too negative. However...

Since I stopped ranting, do you find yourself more or less inclined to visit? Because I can totally rant again. In the words of Dennis Miller: I rant, therefore I am. I can also spend more time writing about worrying over the biz - lord knows I do it enough in my head.

What do you think of the new scheduled blog topics: the Weekly Update on Friday, Saturday's Super Site, and Sunday Book Review (even though I missed this past week - I was busy reading)? I put them in because I get fewer hits Fri-Sun, so I figured those were good days to try something new.

And lastly, if you're a habitual lurker, what keeps you from commenting?

I'd turn this into a contest, but my last contest kinda flopped, so I'm leery about trying it again. Let's just say whoever comments on this post will have my appreciation and leave it at that.




  1. There are two things you could do, IMO, to up your readership. Shorter posts and pictures.

    Oh, also, it's a proven statistic that blogs without moderated comments or word verification get more comments. Just saying.

  2. Hi! *waves* I stop by every day, but I rarely comment. But that's because I rarely comment on any blogs I visit. I like the new "feel" of the blog, and the Saturday Super Site posts. I liked the rants, but I don't think you need to go back to them if you want to keep the blog free of it. :)

  3. I enjoy the writing biz and your updates! I pop by infrequently only because of lack of time :(