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Saturday, August 1, 2009

in the five percent!

I wrote June 7 in this place that, according to a 2008 survey by Technorati, which runs a search engine for blogs, only 7.4 million out of 133 million blogs had been updated in the past 120 days. That means 95 percent of the blogs are abandoned.

Hmm said I, can I keep this up? I used to have to write a weekly newspaper column, and sometimes it was a chore. But at least I can say in the three months or so that this has been up, I'm among the five percent.

Tried updating it about once a week, and some friends chided me about that lack of responsibility. So I tried harder, and found out how to customize my blog, add photos and paintings, and started having fun.

So now I have a whopping 27 followers, plus several hits most days. Top number of hits has been 177...and it drops on days I don't add more and advertise it on facebook and twitter.

Last month I had 1,962 hits, and I've had 3,595 hits since I started in May, including 63 so far today. I find that out under "monitize." And so far, I've earned a handsome $3.69 on the google adds on it! Retirement here I come. My ego is big enough that I want more followers and hits. that's because when I owned the Waurika News-Democrat, our circulation was 2,500 a week. A little weekly sort of dwarfs a blog, doesn't it?

So this blog isn't reaching too many people, in spite of my shameless commercials.
What can I do? How can I become one of those national bloggers who rakes in the money and influences people?

I had 70 posts in July, 127 total since beginning, and this is the fifth today.
Ah, how sweet it is in the top five percent!

That's brewing in my five percent coffee cup.


  1. I started my blog 1,821 days ago -- five years come this Wednesday.

    I've put up 2,404 posts.

    That means I've averaged 1.3 posts per day for five years.

    Facebook has stolen a lot of my attention, but there are things I'm only conmfortable saying under cloak of anonymity. Plus, blogging is sort of an obsession. :-)

  2. More stats:

    I've had 355,043 total hits.

    143 hits so far today.

    Average daily hits is 200.75.


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