I’m at an all time high for RSS readers (don’t laugh at my meager numbers, or do if it makes you smile), and I think that’s probably one of the only measures to determine how well a blog is doing.
Some think that traffic is the real way to measure how well your blog is doing, but I don’t. There are all sorts of ways to increase traffic to your blog…some credible, some not so credible. Merely getting traffic is not what I’m interested in; otherwise, I’d simply talk more about sex, sports, or celebrities (the latter is probably just a conflation of the former two, in reality).
What I’m interested in is sharing ideas with others, and yes, having other people interested in the stuff I’d like to share. So that some of you have decided to pick up the RSS feed indicates that there was something here that led you to think it’d be worth your while to read about in the future.
Before I get to the question you know is coming, I’d like to say a few things:
- First, I really appreciate the time you’ve already taken to read and subscribe to this blog.
- Second, your readership, comments, and impressions will continue to mean more to me than the trail of people that may follow. You are the ones who are really giving this blog a chance.
- Third, I will likely lean on you more than others with feedback, since your judgment is not influenced by fads or popularity. Simply put, you’re not here because of a blogstorm.
All that said:
What is it about this blog that enticed you to subscribe?
I wish there were a convenient way to pay you for your comments, because I’d probably give away $.50 or a $1 for your feedback, which would be the physical equivalent of buying coffee or a candy bar. However, I’m willing to pay you back by (a) answering a similar request or (b) picking up your RSS feed and reading it. Note that I have no way of tracking (at least that I know of) your subscription back to you, or else I’d pester you by emailing you.
Feel free to comment on this post or by going through my contact page if you’d prefer to keep it private. I really appreciate your consideration.
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Quiet Rebel Writer says
Hi Charlie –
Congrats on the record subscribers! Here’s what made me a subscriber. You found me somehow, and actively read and commented on my blog. From there, I checked out academicppd. While it was your blogger friendliness that enticed me to check out your blog, it was your superior content and mix that encouraged me to subscribe. I think what many personal productivity books and blogs don’t consider is the role of creativity and “flourishing.” They focus on very dry business concepts of getting things done. You look at it from a very personal and interesting perspective – how organization and productivity can help you be creative, even rebellious. As a Quiet Rebel Writer, dedicated to success through some minor rebellion, I dig that.
Keep up the great work.
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Charles Gilkey says
@ Amy: Thanks for your input! You made me blush with the whole superior content bit. I discovered you via some comment on another blog and link hopped over to your blog, read a few posts, and was instantly hooked. Thanks again for taking the time to comment; it’s really helpful.