This blogs stats have dropped propitiously in the last six months or so. In October of last year the site had over 4500 visitors according to site meter. The next month dropped below 3500 and the past four months have all been under 2000. Part of the explanation for this was a spam attack which resulted in the site being kicked out of the Google index and part of the drop was do to limited posting because of off-line issues.
But one of the reason why I think the number have dropped is because the content has become rather static. Blogs generally do well when there is a conversation involved; something to discuss. This site has devolved to almost completely book reviews and not particularly in depth one’s at that. This type of content doesn’t generate much conversation or engage readers from other blogs. I am not complaining about the readers I do have. I know there are people out there who seem to enjoy my – and Jeff’s – quirky reviews; and God Bless them.
To really engage the literary blogosphere, however, I think I need to get back into the conversation. I need to read and comment on other blogs and link to there posts while adding my own perspective. I need to do this not because I simply want to pad my stats, but because I think it is the kind of interaction that makes blogs interesting. It gets the creative juices flowing, helps stimulate ideas, and new perspectives. And let’s face it, this blog could use a little jump start.
I also want to address that perennial problem of improving my writing. Not every review can be a masterpiece, but I want to try and hone my reviewing skills. I see it as a challenge to work harder at writing sharp and insightful reviews rather than just cut and pasting a few quotes from around the web.
As always, who knows how much of this I will succeed in implementing, but in the spirit of the blog I wanted to think out aloud in this space. As always, thoughts and comments are appreciated.