Blogging Goals

I’m actually reaching my blogging goals very well. I reduced the number of unique blog visitors by almost 100,000 between 2017 and 2018, going from 161,000 to 69,000. At the same time, the number of comments grew by a thousand, from 13,000 to 14,000.

So we have fewer people but more profound conversations. Reducing visitor numbers is an insurance policy of sorts against unhinged busybodies who are looking for an excuse to start Twittermobbing somebody. It used to be fun to reach out to more people and have really intense discussions but those times are gone.

9 thoughts on “Blogging Goals”

      1. To reduce blog visitors:

        You could dismantle your twitter posts notifying people of new blog posts. In addition, you could also post less frequently and make the posts longer. You tend to make a lot of posts that are tweet length or maybe one paragraph.

        I don’t think the number of the comments is indicative of quality. Remember your sister’s guest post? That had a lot of inane comments.

        Lately, I haven’t been having great discussions which are also intense. It’s like people don’t know how to handle intensity without going off the rails or going off on absurd tangents.


        1. It’s a great idea to turn off the Twitter. I don’t even know why I have it.

          People keep complaining about long posts. I prefer the long ones, too, but they seem to bore most folks.


          1. “People keep complaining about long posts. I prefer the long ones, too, but they seem to bore most folks.”

            Well, some of us have short attention spans. 🙂

            Seriously, please don’t start making epic-length posts like the drama queen of verbosity over at “Shakesville.” One of the things that first attracted me to your site was that you didn’t write a book with every post.


            1. “You seem to be really into middle-aged female feminist bloggers, though. It’s funny.”

              McEwan is an endless source of amusement — and I discovered your website after I read one of your comments on her website. (You sure didn’t last long over there!)

              Young feminist bloggers are a lot less interesting. I used to follow Jessica Valenti’s posts, but she always writes the same column over and over: “(Today’s issue) is a major problem for women, and it’s caused by MEN.”

              Besides, McEwan’s dog pictures are adorable. Anybody who likes dogs and cats can’t be all bad.


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