Gut Rumbles

April 18, 2006

i'm melting!

I TOLD you that my traffic was way down this year compared with what I had in 2005. I just checked N.Z. Bear's Ecosystem rankings and discovered that I am #332 in links and #338 in traffic. Just damn! The last time I looked (which was several months ago) I was around #250 in both categories.

Where have all (well, not ALL but damn near 500 per day) my readers gone? What has changed?

Don't tell me that I was a better blogger back when I was pickled to the gills every time I sat down at the computer. I don't want to believe that shit. I believe that I write MUCH better now, once I finally figured out how to do it sober again. But maybe I'm mistaken. Maybe drunken incoherence was a quality people found interesting about my blog.

Who knows?

I would say "Who cares?" too, but I'm not one of those dishonest bloggers who pompously declares that I write only for myself and don't care whether anyone reads me or not. I DO care and I DO pay attention to my traffic. (Besides, the referrals log on my Sitemeter is where I go to find interesting blogs that I've never seen before. If I see a URL there more than once, I figure that since they read ME, the person must be a wonderful judge of good blogs, so I go check them out in return.)

But I've developed a hole in my blog-bucket and my readership is leaking away. I don't know what to do about the problem, either. Maybe I should post some more nekkid pitchers of myself. Maybe I should email Glenn Reynolds and beg for an Instalanche. Maybe I should start a blog-war with somebody famous.

Maybe I should just quit fretting about it and write. I've always said that, "If you build it, they will come." I reckon that if they come, they can go, too.

C'est la vive.


A-man, I read you every day. Does that help? (Even if I am left-handed and live on the "left" coast in the Pacific NW)

Posted by: Rick on April 18, 2006 01:52 PM

You wrote better when you were drunk and who cares about the traffic? You write for yourself, fuck the rest of them. Just keep writing and they may come back, Cat

Posted by: Catfish on April 18, 2006 02:12 PM

I really can't tell in difference in your writing now that you are not drinking. But in any event I would not worry about the traffic too much. I have not found any rhyme or reason to it other than when I get an acidbath and the site meter spins for a while. But somedays and weeks it seems that a lot of people are reading blogs and sometimes they are not..hell maybe they are fishin or farmin or sumthin

Posted by: GUYK on April 18, 2006 02:25 PM

Guy, they're at my website. Oh wait, no they're not.

Rob, don't worry. Quality readers are better than quantity. I have very high quality readers. About five....

Posted by: ScottG on April 18, 2006 02:31 PM

If I'm going to read something, I prefer to read something of quality that the writer remembers. It was sad, depressing and inconsistent when you were drunk. Just assume those who left were merely hanging around to watch you self destruct. You were showing your underbelly and they merely came to gnaw and watch your guts spill out, so they could then walk away and remind themselves how much stronger and better than you they were. When you stood up and showed your teeth, they faded into the shadows. Humans behave that way.

Posted by: Tessa on April 18, 2006 02:33 PM

If it's any comfort to you I just read this morning that Hugh Hewitt's traffic has gone down about 20% in the last few months.

As far the ecosystem that's been screwed up since the big kerfuffle over the link whores who were gaming the system. The Bear got pissed about all these link fests that were artifically raising people's rankings and keeps changing his algorithums and every time he does, they do something else and he changes them again. There's all these new parameters that tend to drop your ranking for no apparent reason.

My LOS blog dropped from kangaroo to vulture overnight when it first happened and nothing changed at my end nor did I ever link whore. Then a while ago, shortly after a bunch of new people linked to me, I dropped to an iguana overnight.

It makes no sense, I see a lot of people complaining about it and in the process I think the ecosystem is losing some of its relevance. Too bad because it was a good thing for a long time.

I don't pay much attention to it because I'm so weird, I never expected to get to be a tall dog anyway. Although I admit, it's hard not to take it a little personally when you notice yourself dropping in the rankings for no apparent reason.

Posted by: Libby on April 18, 2006 02:41 PM


Posted by: Tessa on April 18, 2006 02:46 PM

still read you every day...hang in there....

Posted by: stratguy on April 18, 2006 03:33 PM

I don't see a lot of difference in your writing pre or post sobriety. I still enjoy it here as much as ever. Keep writing - you'll get 'em back.

Posted by: Lisa on April 18, 2006 03:33 PM

Hey "Mr. Rumbles" - - I have recently come across your blog and I love it!! In all honesty, it's the first blog I check out each day now!! I love your character and humor!!! Keep that chin up regarding these fickle readers, a true fan will stay and continue laughing out loud at your brilliant outrageousness! :)

p.s. Who needs to drink when you can toke dood?! haha..............

Posted by: Shea on April 18, 2006 03:48 PM

I enjoyed your writing when you were drunk. I enjoy it more when you're sober. I kinda think the readership drop is only fluctuations. (Yeah, I know: fluc you white guys, too.)

Write for yourself, you'd likely explode if you tried to quit.

Gerry N,

Posted by: Gerry N. on April 18, 2006 03:51 PM

The only thing I've noticed since you stopped the sauce is that you don't really talk about the BC much, and you haven't really mentioned your son lately. You've branched out into more of the current events. The tone and such of your writing seems to be pretty much the same - just topic shifts. People might have been showing up for the drama. Vultures.

Posted by: Cythen on April 18, 2006 03:53 PM

Stop looking at traffic and site meters, and just share what you do best...come winter, they'll all be here.

People want to be outside - its Spring. No one wants to be hunkered down in front of a computer screen.

Posted by: Bonita on April 18, 2006 03:59 PM

Do you really think adding mass to your headstock adds fatness to tone, or improves sustain? Have you ever clamped anything to your headstock?

Curious, is all.

Posted by: Wes Jackson on April 18, 2006 04:10 PM

I enjoy your writing, especially the story telling about your youth. Now that you are clean and sober there is alot less drama. I guess you used to be a car accident and people would stop by and check out the damage like rubberneckers.

Posted by: Dan on April 18, 2006 04:26 PM

I'm still here. I've always been here.

Posted by: DeAnna on April 18, 2006 04:34 PM

I think your writing is better now that you're sober. Crisper, clearer, and fewer whiny feel-sorry-for me posts. Fewer? Make that none.

Traffic is fickle, and unless you're being paid to blog, it's not all that meaningful. And it'll come back. Traffic gravitates to quality...or at least that's what I'd like to believe. Which explains why I have so little of it.

Posted by: Elisson on April 18, 2006 04:39 PM

I've been reading you for a few years and I'll vote for your writing since you've been sober. You were fucked up for awhile, but I kept coming back hoping you'd get your shit together. And you did! Now, not only do I read you every day, my son does too.

Posted by: Michelle M. on April 18, 2006 04:45 PM

Dash on a little Brylcream and Aqua Velva before you sit down to blog... the girls'll all come to ya.

Unless of course, you'd rather post those nudie shots? *grin*

Posted by: Cowtown Pattie on April 18, 2006 05:24 PM

Yeah, ditto what Ellison said.

Shit, Rob, if I got as much traffic as you get, it'd make me nervous. No shit. I hyperventilate when I get 20 people reading me at the same time, and I just checked, and you've got more than 70! I mean it, that would give me stage fright, I think.

Posted by: Bane on April 18, 2006 05:29 PM

The only thing I've done less of is writing on my own blog.

Doesn't mean I've not been reading here daily.

'Cause I do.

Sloop New Dawn
Galveston, TX

Posted by: Jim on April 18, 2006 05:38 PM

You may have lost a number of folks during your hiatus while in rehab, and it may just take time to recover from that.

I read you every day just because I like how you write.


Posted by: Lamont Cranston on April 18, 2006 05:47 PM

Well...I read, just have a hard time commenting

Posted by: Mrite on April 18, 2006 06:36 PM

I figured it out now A-Man. The problem was with my old blog address. I think it's blocked. Thanks for responding to my email.

I'll continue to read whether I can comment or not. The heck with all them polls.

Posted by: Mrite on April 18, 2006 06:42 PM

You are still the first Blog I look at every night. Sober or stoned, you're still the greatest with your wisdom and humor. Keep it up.

Posted by: Dean on April 18, 2006 07:09 PM

Don't fret Rob. Personally, I think your writing is not only clearer, better and more interesting, but your commenters are smarter as well. Maybe you just got rid of the people who were identifying with your down days. Misery loves company ya know. Hopefully, they are out there gettin' their shit together, too.

Posted by: SWMBO on April 18, 2006 07:39 PM

I read you when you were drunk. I read you everyday. I like the way you write now. More thoughtful and the writing is better. Don't worry about the hits. My site gets 0 except when one of my kids or son-in-law reads and comments.

Posted by: K. D. Zu on April 18, 2006 07:43 PM

Rob I don't read your stuff because your popular, I read it because itís interesting and not that politically correct crap the mainstream guys put out.

Posted by: BigJay on April 18, 2006 08:53 PM

Sad to say but a lot of folks prolly read you to better their own sense of self-worth. They are prolly disappointed that you pulled yourself out of the gutter and didn't die right there on their little puter screen. It was quite a soap opera for a while. Hope you find something to do that gives you pleasure and a reason to wake up every tomorrow. Wallowing in self pity isn't pretty but some folks will watch cause they don't have anything better to do and watching makes their lives seem better. Do yourself a favor. Go fishing and forget about puters and statistics and imaginary friends for a while. Write about that. Write about life as it should be lived. Lots of folks would trade places with you tomorrow.

Posted by: alacat on April 18, 2006 08:55 PM, I stopped reading you a long time ago.... you were in rehab?... WTF?!?.....

Posted by: Eric on April 18, 2006 09:54 PM

The drop could just be active practicing alcoholics who feel uncomfortable with someone who's gotten sober and stayed that way. Like someone who's broke not wanting to look at a checkbook.
Congrats on the 180-day mark.
I haven't noticed any decline in quality, and you've got my admiration for that. While drinking I had delusions of writing ability. Now I seem to have nothing where that ambition and drive used to be. Takes a lot of effort just to leave a comment on here, where I check for new stuff several times a day.

Posted by: Stu on April 19, 2006 12:16 AM

Acidman Rob, I'm back, been away for awhile
without PC connections. Your blog is the first one I'm checking out now that I have the ability again. Keep the good stuff flowing, you'll always have readers...whether ya' like it or not....

Live Fast...Die Old....And Leave an Ugly Corpse!

Captain Harley

Posted by: Captain Harley on April 19, 2006 05:22 AM

Well, I read and enjoy your blog everday. Cheers me up even though our politics are diametrically opposed. I'm an old drinker too, viet vet as I assume you are, living and working in Singapore now and lovin it. visit sometime.

Posted by: Brian on April 19, 2006 05:57 AM

Acidman, I haven't been visiting anybody lately, but I tell you this...when I DO have time, I have to come by here because what you write and who you are and the strength you show with your continuing sobriety is inspiring. I've noticed traffic is down all over the damn place, so don't sweat it. Yeah, it may mean a lot to you that you don't have as many readers as before, but it means a lot to US that you continue to write and make funny, witty, intelligent, and sometimes acerbic observations.

Posted by: LL on April 19, 2006 07:32 AM

I don't get here (or anywhere) online as much as i used to...but when I do, I always enjoy what you have to say. :) I think people "cycle" in and out of thier surfing habits, maybe thats why your traffic is changing. It'll pick up again when new treaders excited by the internet find you.

Posted by: Treasa on April 19, 2006 07:55 AM

I found your blog just before you entered rehab. Since your return you have been my first read on a daily basis. I really enjoy your straight forwardness on ....... well everything.

Posted by: Web on April 19, 2006 08:21 AM

Not enough tit photos.

Posted by: robert on April 19, 2006 08:48 AM

You stopped lying as much about your mysterious ailments when you stopped drinking. You were getting 500 or so hits a day on the mystery. There's no mystery anymore and your traffic is down.

Posted by: Arcs on April 19, 2006 11:04 AM

Have been enjoying your blog for several years - through good and bad times. Something is missing if a day goes by without it. Drinking or not.

Posted by: peggy on April 19, 2006 12:10 PM

Your blog's as enjoyable as always, and I'd say, even more enjoyable than before.

My blog's having the same situation with rankings. While the daily number of visits is up, the rankings (particularly the Average daily visits graph) is way off. Must be some faulty algorythm.

Posted by: Fausta on April 19, 2006 03:18 PM

Your writing is better now but that's not even important. What is is that your life is better now.

As for the # of visitors, heck, I wouldn't have any at all if it weren't for Google searches...

Posted by: Jeff Soyer on April 19, 2006 09:00 PM

Does jail count? 30 days with no blogs kinda sucks. Read you every day now, again, keep the train going!
seems velociworld stepped in something..

Posted by: Murry on April 20, 2006 04:50 AM

Once a year I post something really offensive on my site and then jump in anone who protests face when they complain. Less traffic and I write for me, myself and I when I feel like it.. I am more than crazy enough sober thank you very much. I have led and am leading a very interesting life. I have found that I am reluctant to share too much but I do come to the party ready to pick a fight. Muslims and liberals are too pussified to make life more interesting though. They usually run when somebody stands up to them. Lure them in with a crust of bread and then smash their tiny heads. ==evil grin==

Posted by: Al of Alnot on April 21, 2006 03:10 PM
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