Gut Rumbles

January 07, 2004


I've not been doing a lot of links lately. I've just been writing for the hell of it. If I get a wild hair, I write about it. If I don't feel like blogging, I work on my book, or I don't write at all.

My traffic has gone through the roof. Somebody explain that shit to me.


Always producing quality and keeping supply short, on top of a steady demand, will drive traffic. I know I would hate it if every time I came here, there were 20 posts of dreck. When I'm blog-flipping, part of the fun is anticipating whether there will be a new post when the page loads. If you posted very often, I would stop flipping here, and would opt to only visit once a day, like I would for comics sites or such. You seem to have found a good balance between quality and supply.

Is your traffic repeat-visitors (like me) or are you getting lots of new traffic?


Posted by: KoalaBear on January 7, 2004 07:53 PM

During the almost two weeks of "holidaying" you were the only one I found who continued to blog, between Christmas and after New Year's Eve. Except for two days, January 1 and 3, on which you only had one entry you continued to reach out through your blog.

Posted by: Ms Anna on January 7, 2004 08:44 PM

Well, I found you through "Blog Review," liked your style and so I keep coming back. I'd link to "Blog Review" but my link no longer works and if it's still up and running I haven't been able to find it again.

I'd consider the increase in traffic a compliment.

Posted by: Elizabeth on January 7, 2004 08:45 PM

It's all a conspiracy to mess with your mind.

Working pretty good, no? ;)

Posted by: Mr. Lion on January 8, 2004 12:19 AM

Shoot, it's just that you became the most handsome blogger around when you started bragging about being rich!

Of course, all the ladies held their breath while you were threatening to piss it all away in a lawsuit.


Posted by: Joan of Argghh! on January 8, 2004 06:18 AM

Because your writing is getting better and better.

Posted by: Jane on January 8, 2004 09:10 AM


I'm a fortytwo year old happily married father of two who spent twenty years as a test pilot for Budweiser. I've worked the same trade since I left highschool...first in the Marines and later building highways, roads, subdivisions. The path of least resistance.

Survey is easy; it all boils down to accuracy and results. Water flows downhill, right?

Well, the twenty years I put adulthood on hold ended two years back. I still don't know what I'm going to do now that I'm grown up. I agree with your blog on work/management ethics. Seems you need a self-esteem counselor riding behind you to keep from pissing off anyone anymore.

I would write, too.

The reason your traffic has exploded is because your blog is honest as well as wonderfully written.

If I sit down to write a story I can grunt out a cinderblock after an hour or two. Posting on a message board I can put down two thousand words on politics, work, childrearing, history (I'm a serious war buff, but have moved to the great biographies in the last couple of years) , reloading/shooting, or whatever in ten minutes.

My wife was a technical writer at one point in her checkered IT career. She's been patiently waiting to edit a manuscript for years. Patiently probably isn't the word; I keep the lawn mowed and kill the spiders so I do have some redeeming qualities. She wanders in when I'm organizing my post files and just burns...

I found you via Allah's weblog.

I've determined to leave surveying. Whether or not I'm able to get my head out and write something that anyone would read may not happen but I'll be doing something else next week.

Thanks for putting your words down for us to read. Best of luck to you in raising your boy. Kids are our reason for living after we figure out what we should have done better.

Posted by: Andy TmjUtah on January 8, 2004 12:31 PM

I have nothing better to do.

Posted by: Catfish on January 8, 2004 01:21 PM

A braggart ye are, Matie.

Aye, and a fisher of flattery to boot.

Posted by: Key on January 8, 2004 03:50 PM

Having said that, I'll relent and admit that we're here because even when your opinions are radical and unfounded, the writing quality and entertainment value is a constant.

Your house is the neighborhood hangout.

You'll be missed when you abandon us for sunnier shores.

Posted by: Key on January 8, 2004 03:54 PM

My hits have spiked quite a bit this week too. Maybe people are finally getting back to the grind and need more time wasters for procrastination.

Posted by: sugarmama on January 8, 2004 04:05 PM

Maybe it's coincidental that your popularity is growing, and maybe it will decrease. But I don't think so. Why I don't think so is hard to explain. But now I've stuck myself into trying it:

You hit on real issues as a result of living them and watching at the same time, to develop an analysis which is genuine, thus powerful. It's real as opposed to armchair b.s. from alleged experts. You have no other agenda [except to talk about Roscoe, or whatever the name of your damned inflatable member is].

Your posters are very insightful, often in a few words, and so far as I can tell are coming out from some woodwork or other with thoughts that indicate they think this is an important venue, IMO, for them.

There is a large reservoir of thought out there fostered by our free society, waiting to be expressed by all kinds of "average", even [gasp] blue-collared, individuals. You are the epitome of this kind of thing. These individuals have an increased chance of becoming aware of your site, as time goes on. Maybe some do not want the usual diversions of their spare time any more, such as TV and movies, which are ultimately dead ends in comparison to self-expression.

You can be relied on to come up with much fresh material. You like doing this. It is very entertaining. Your dissertations are often great short stories, or chapters, as you have admitted, and your other analyses are often very complete, though brief. This might insure a base of returnees simply due to entertainment value, which is a relaxing thing and an easy thing to be around.

Most importantly for sure, I keep sabotaging some unsuspecting friends' computers with your site as a "favorite". Thus you are getting the help of a devious activism, much to your dismay.

The FBI might have taken an interest.

Other lurkers may be looking for material and leadership. [I posted furiously on the Washington Post "On Politics" site for a while, got banned twice, and saw at least two of my original thoughts make it into televised debates, one being the literal alpha and omega of the spinner's whole riff. It's a riot. This WP site is now moribund.]

But once NPR notices you, you have had it.

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