I don’t often report on the blog but, forgive me this time, please, as I am going to.
My blog is a three time-a-week affair now and, of course, the numbers were expected to drop as a consequence. And they have. But so did the service provider and that didn’t help ratings at all. My page-carrier fell off the working-duty roster when it got hacked a week or so ago and my blog and a whole bunch of other web-based small businesses went down. No more Mr. Nice guy-in-the-woods. I was inadvertently incognito for almost week.
Such is life. No one needs this blog. It is just a hobby. But – damn! – I felt disconnected all of a sudden. I felt like I was somehow lost. Lonely, to be sure. No comments came in. No one wrote. The numbers (stats) fell off like I had bird flu. It felt awful. So, I did what any blogger over 60 would do, I called my son and asked him to fix it.
And he did. But in the process, I learned more about the site’s statistics. I learned that 80% of my readers are from the Canada and spread in a diminishing concentration to as far away as Nova Scotia. Newfies and Nunavites have resisted jumping on the bandwagon so far. Disappointing but understandable. So has the Yukon. That is because they live this off-the-grid-kinda way, too. Most of the balance of readers are from the US, as you would expect, but there are people in Europe, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand and, get this: PERU!
Now, honest to God, I like Peruvians. Why not!? Machu Pichu, llamas, coffee……what’s not to like? But why would a Peruvian read about Dave and Sally? So: If you are that lone Peruvian, please write and make a connection.
I also learned that the average reader spends a minute and 44 seconds on the page. And that the vast majority come directly from a Google search or ‘bookmark’ familiarity rather than by referral from another site. The only site that has a noticeable referral rate is A VINTAGE GREEN (http://www.avintagegreen.com) which has nothing really to do with living off the grid except J & S are our friends. J has a quite a list of blogs she likes and OTG is one of them.
I’ve had as many as 1300 readers in a day but it wasn’t ever due to my writing appeal. I inadvertently used a term that attracted some weirdos. Some phrase that was accidentally used having a kinky meaning in some underground milieu. Something, perhaps, a smidge less bizarre than this following example:
“I chicken-wrung the big black snake, covered it in chocolate and put it on the trapeze with the naked, transsexual midget for later display at the monastery”.
That sentence alone will likely increase my readership by 100% today. I may even be able to add a few new countries.
And I will get advertisements for organ enlargement.
The internet is a marvelous thing.