For a QUICK DIVE in Blog Readership... Go on Vacation!

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Home Stager with REAL ESTAGING, a nationally recognized leader in Staging.

 I have read of the frustration that new Bloggers here on Active Rain have regarding not being able to "stand out" amongst the "power house" Bloggers who always seem to get all the attention.

One thing I don't think new Bloggers see is that fact that many of the best-of-the-best Power Bloggers have worked hard to work their way up to the top of the this Blog Pile. It takes time and commitment to generate good content that readers connect with and like to read. BUT Bloggers need to also understand the brutal fact that while it takes time to get to the top, it take MUCH LESS time to take a dive and fall out of favor if you don't continue to Blog and and generate interesting content.

While we are privy to some statistical information about our Blogs here on Active Rain... it is very limited. So I thought I would share with you some information I captured using StatCounter (a fun and cheap blog widget) over on my Pretty Blog. While this is not a super analytical study... it is a bit interesting. Also, keep in mind that while I "compete" for no ones attention on my Pretty Blog, I think this simple graph is telling and parallels what can and does happen here in the Rain.

Since January 2007 my Pretty Blog has been averaging 147 visitors a day. (Which I don't think it that bad considering much of what I write there is a re-constituted version of what I write here... but that is a different story.) Anyway, last week while I was gone on vacation, I saw my numbers plummet, averaging only 108 visitors a day. That is a whopping 26.5 % drop in readers in just a 7 days time (Monday April 23 to Sunday April 29th). Sunday was the WORST day of all. On that day I only had 32 visitors, which was the lowest readership since Christmas week 2006... another time I took a break from Blogging.

Anyway, this RAPID dive on my Pretty Blog shows me I if I want my Blog to continue to work for me, I have to work to work at it ongoingly and keep it fresh. 

So the next time you are a bit frustrated with those Bloggers who stand out in the Rain... know that they have worked hard to get to where they are AND they are working hard to stay were they are. Power Bloggers are well aware of the fact that you are there ready to take their place should the take a dive.

Blog on...

Me

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Rainmaker
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John Novak
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace
I didn't realize that traffic would be so responsive so quickly. Don't some blogging platforms have the feature to write posts for publication at a future date? I know that responding to comments still might fall behind a little, but at least there would be fresh content.
May 06, 2007 01:56 PM
Rainmaker
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Neal Bloom
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate
Keller Williams Properties, Weston FL

Craig,

No quick fix here...if you want to earn  you need to learn and contribute not just for yourself but for the whole community.

May 06, 2007 02:12 PM
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Tracy Santrock
Raleigh - Cary Realtor
Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc.

Nice post...

It's like a double edged sword. You need to go on vacation to keep your writing fresh, etc.  On the other hand you're readership is down...and you have to build it back up again............oh well..

May 06, 2007 06:28 PM
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Ryan Hukill - Edmond
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ShowMeOKC Team of Paradigm AdvantEdge
Criag, I've experienced the same thing. I'm nowhere near the readership you are but I notice a major drop in interest when I've been too busy to blog steadily for a week. I guess it's the "what have you done for me lately?" approach. 
May 06, 2007 10:48 PM
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Julia Fedak
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Craig...I couldn't agree with you more. I look up to the "powerhouse" bloggers; many of them provide fantastic information in a great format because they are seasoned bloggers.

In terms of the stats..it just means I have to sleep less.

May 07, 2007 06:58 PM
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