Do You Hear Me? Do You Care?

So I just surpassed 300 followers on The Inked Autist. Compared to a lot of the blogs I follow, dare I say that’s…infinitesimal? Oh well, what started off as a personal diary to catalog tattoo ideas turned into something much bigger than I ever anticipated. Yes, I realize a lot of those followers are bullshit spambots, but I think that’s the same situation for every blogger on this site (seriously WP, you gotta cut a lot of the crap!).

That said, I can’t help but wonder: my followers are at an all-time high but my readership has dropped dramatically in recent months. My stats (both views and comments) are WAY down. Are people just taking blogging breaks? Is this site dying out? Is WordPress going the way of Xanga back in the day (I reflect upon the rise and fall of Xanga, and I was a big-name blogger on Xanga too – I literally had thousands of followers there).

Am I doing something wrong to alienate my core base as well as new readers? If I’m doing something wrong I need to know so I can fix it. I’ve met so many awesome people through this medium and would like to continue doing so.

Have I offended any of you? If I have somehow offended any of you, I need to know. If you don’t want to air your grievances publicly, feel free to send me a private email (address on the side bar of this blog). I normally respond within a day maximum, usually within an hour or two.

I would appreciate any feedback, positive or negative, props or constructive criticism. If no one notices I think I’ll dye my hair blue. After all, what are words for when no one listens? It’s no use talking at all!

 

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9 thoughts on “Do You Hear Me? Do You Care?

  1. Dye it blue anyway!
    Seems a lot of folks are busy with summer, so that accounts for at least some of it. I have noticed a definite decline in the weekly posts I follow, but another blogger recently made the same remarks about a decline in readership.
    You should definitely keep the cigar/beer/wine reviews going at least.

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  2. Heeeeey! That’s MY song to quote๐Ÿ˜ I dare you to wear her outfit๐Ÿ˜‰
    I don’t know…I hooked up with some new people and their people and my dang blog is growing ๐Ÿ˜• Not that I even have 200, let alone 300 followers.
    I think interaction helps. Comment on people’s blogs, they’ll (hopefully) comment on yours…maybe it’s a summer thing.
    I’m only offended that you stole my song๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’Œ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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      • I wish I still had my vinyl of Spring Session M. It would probably be worth some money.
        Yeah, you might pull off the electronic bottom but the fishbowls wouldn’t go over well. Unless……you did it for Halloween.๐Ÿ‘

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  3. I totally get what you mean Lynn! I think being engaging helps (itโ€™s always lovely when something is reciprocated), but also that blogging is also going downhill a bit. End of the day, though, who needs new followers if we got old friends yeah?? ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  4. I have noticed a decline as well but I haven’t been posting much so figured that would be the reason for me.

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  5. Your followers are up, but your stats are down, because of the WordPress App. The WordPress app users see your blog, but your blog doesn’t see them. And those using the app cannot comment.
    I don’t think most are even aware that they are seeing a wordpress filtered view of the sites they think they are visiting.

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  6. Iโ€™m just catching up on some reading! I thought I was alone in my blogging reprieve, I guess not. I think people are moving to Instagram rather than the traditional blog. In general, I think People are too busy to read. Instagram gives you quick updates and pretty images. Thatโ€™s just my opinion though.๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

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