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The Mystery of Blog Popularity

This morning, when I checked my email, I saw that this blog had 8 new subscribers in the last 24 hours.  Wow, it’s great to be so popular. I was pleased but then I checked the total number of registered users of the blog.  It totals just under 500 (you can see this for yourself on the bottom right of the sidebar).

It didn’t make sense to me that I was getting so many new registrants and had only five hundred total registrants. So I checked a few things:

1.  Was this the only day when I had a good number? I searched through my email archives for the last month and found that today was a big day but not that exceptional. I seemed to be averaging around 3 new subscribers per day for the last few weeks.

2. I checked the list of subscribers (which I can in the WordPress back office) and checked that new subscribers were actually being added to the list.

3. I looked at the actual names to see if they might be spam registrations or some sort of phantom group.  Mostly they looked pretty normal although about ten percent had an email that I consider unusual: webmail.co.za  This turns out to be an international email system that is pretty popular in South Africa.  But most of the emails are pretty typical ones with yahoo.com, gmail.com, aol.com, hotmail.com and some vanity URL emails.

Finally, I looked deeper into the historical pattern and realize that I had added the subscribe widget about 3 months ago. So although I’ve kept this blog for years, it was only the summer update that allowed people to subscribe.  So now it makes pretty good sense to me but I would like to confirm that you, my subscribers, actually exist and are real people.  Can I ask some of you to click back through to this blog and leave a comment?

Ideally, I‘d like a comment that simply says something about you and this blog.  Such as:

– Which articles did you find most interesting?
– Which articles did you find boring or too commercial or too badly written?
– How did you find this blog?
– What would you like me to write about?
– Any thoughts on how often you would like me to post new articles?

Here’s the URL back to the blog, thanks for your help: http://www.homeschoolonline.org

Or, one more thing. As part of this I just checked whether it was possible to leave a comment on the blog and to my horror, it wasn’t. I’ve now gotten some help from a real techie and now it’s easy to post a comment. Thanks

 Overall, I’m just trying to solve the mystery of how and why this blog is popular.  Are people really subscribing?  Are you actually reading the articles?  Why aren’t you leaving more comments? Please leave one to tell me that some of my readers are real. Thanks.

 

4 Responses to The Mystery of Blog Popularity

  1. I read this blog. Your writing is interesting but uneven. Yet it’s popularity with me. Enjoying this comment?

  2. webmaster says:

    Thanks for saying hello. Yes, I’m enjoying getting some feedback. I appreciate it.

    How did you find my blog? Why did you subscribe?

  3. I’m a reader of your blog and since you invited comments, here I am!!!

  4. Hi, I hit your blog through a websearch and read your thoughts on teaching history (very interesting about how to make it relevant) and accidental homeschoolers).

    Your ideas are good, your presentation and writing is a little messy.

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