Gut Rumbles

April 28, 2004


I am very grateful for the readers who visit my blog. A lot of them have been around for a long time and I feel as if I know them as friends, even though I'll probably never meet more than a handful of them in person. They do two things that I really like.

First, they visit me almost every day. They are my audience and they often inspire me to write when I really don't feel like doing it. It's like when someone sends you a present. You need to send back a thank-you note, just to show good manners and proper appreciation of the gift. And yes, I consider my readers to be a gift.

Second, they follow the links I put on my page. I surf a lot of blogs. When I find a good one, I immediately check to see if their site meter stats are open. If I see a good blog that gets 20 visitors per day, I'll link that blog, just to generate some traffic to the site. I'm no Instapundit, but my readers definitely light up the hit-counter for a blog with few visitors. I've jump-started a few worthy sites that way.

I'm just passing it along. Some of the big guys really helped me when I was starting out, and I want to return that favor. Blogging is a lonely task when no one reads you. I've seen a few people use clever marketing and mass emails to boost their sites, but I prefer the ones who toil in obscurity and hope to build readership through good work instead of salesmanship. Those are the ones I link.

As Glenn Reynolds once said, an Instalanche will give you a lot of visitors in a single day. But if you have no product to offer, that 'lanche is a one-shot deal. The readers won't be back. I still believe that if you build it, they will come.

But somebody needs to let people know that you're out there. That's what I often try to do.



Posted by: Sallie on April 28, 2004 10:02 AM

As you did for me way back. Thank you!

Posted by: Jay on April 28, 2004 10:26 AM

Thanks! You meet the nicest, cough, cough, people in the blogosphere!


Posted by: Jesse Brown on April 28, 2004 12:00 PM

It's always amazing to see my hit counter go through the roof on those days that you mention me.......I love that!! Thanks, Acidman!

Posted by: DogsDon'tPurr on April 28, 2004 02:07 PM

Same here, Sweetie.
Plus, I've found just LOADS of excellent blogs from you doing just that.

Yet another reason why you're so cool in my book.
(How many is that now? 2 bazillion?)

Posted by: Stevie on April 28, 2004 03:19 PM

Aren't they gifts, though? I got my first email demanding follow-up last night. It read something like
"Hey, didn't you say that you were going to write about blah blah blah? Where is it? I want to read it, so start working!"

Hey - it's like I have an editor. But I don't mind, because at least I felt like someone was paying attention.

Posted by: Linz on April 28, 2004 04:16 PM

I read your blog because you speak for a lot of disgusted southern white boys. The world we grew up in, isn't anymore and that kind of pisses us off.

Not that I want to return to the 1950's or 1960's. I like air conditioning a lot. It just seems like there is so much unadulterated bullshit out there that I don't know how to deal with it. Your post today on WORDS hit the nail on the head. Keep writing.

Posted by: Dennis on April 28, 2004 06:19 PM

I'm with you, Rob. I have no idea why I read your blog. But I check it at least twice a day. I guess I do, I take it back... your blog has personality, it is very human, I admire your forthrightness, and reading it touches that place in my heart that is very, very sorry that the South lost the war. If I had my druthers, I wouldn't be a Yankee bloke. I'd move to Carolina and pretend I was born there. Seriously. I love it down there. The North sucks.

We still owe each other a beer, remember?

-yankee bloke

Posted by: Yankee Bloke on April 28, 2004 06:38 PM
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