Who Are You?

Posted in Mixed Nuts on March 5th, 2009 by MadDog
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Blogging, as near as I can see, is something new in the world. There have always been people throughout history who have desired to express themselves to a receptive audience. No matter the nature of nature of their contribution, art, literature, opinion, teaching, or simply blathering on, the problem has always the same – finding the audience.

The internet has changed all that, as it has changed so many other things. If you put something out there, somebody, sooner or later, is probably going to see it. How many somebodies is the only question. Here’s a map of visitors to Madang – Ples Bilong Mi  since September 2008. Frankly, it amazes me:

Visitors since September 2008

The biggest dots represent 100 – 1,000 visitors at that particular location. I suppose that the information is based on the IP address (each computer in the world has it’s own IP address – the first digits represent the geographic location). The distribution is pretty much what one would expect for a blog in English.

Aside from the map, I have no idea at all who you are. Few visitors leave comments. This has been my only disappointment. The web allows interactivity, it does not promise it.

I’m sure that anyone who blogs seriously must certainly desire to increase readership. That’s the whole point, isn’t it? A blog is not like a diary. A diary is not intended to be read by others. There are many kinds of blogs. Madang – Ples Bilong Mi  is like a writer’s daily journal polished up a bit, with pictures. Of course  I want people to read it.

So, the question is, how does one increase readership? It turns out that it’s not so simple.

One way is by using the power of search engines. Google is the prime example. Roughly one third of my readers come to me from search engines. Unfortunately for small-time bloggers such as myself, Google gives huge advantages to the big boys. You get closer to the top of the first page by having a lot of other big sites linked to your site. That’s a big part of the formula. So, Google provides a small, steady flow, but keeps you off the first page unless you can get the big boys to link to you (not a favour that they hand out easily).

Another way is by emailing everybody that I think of asking them to send emails to their contacts asking people to check out my site. This gets dangerously close to spam, as far as I’m concerned. Many people on my contact list could not care less about my blog. I do occasionally ask people to send my link to others, but usually only if they have mentioned that they have visited Madang – Ples Bilong Mi  and enjoyed the experience.

That brings me to the last way that I can think of. Ask your readers to help you.  This too seems intrusive to me, but I’m not above begging.

If you are a regular reader of Madang – Ples Bilong Mi  then you must enjoy it, or you wouldn’t keep coming back. If you’re just stopping by and you like what you see, then you fall into a similar category. Either way, you can encourage me by sending the link to my site to your contacts. If it’s not obvious to you how to do this, then use the link in the sidebar under Pages called Email this site to a friend. It will display a page explaining what happens and a link for you to click which should fire up your email application and open a new email message. Change the text to whatever you like and put your contacts in the TO: list.

Whether you choose to feed my boundless ego by sharing Madang – Ples Bilong Mi   with your friends or not, thanks for visiting. I hope you enjoyed the experience.