Blogging Illusions?

by | May 19, 2009 | Op/Ed | 7 comments

Blogging-727509 Almost two years…651 posts…countless hours…

Blogging is fun.  I've discovered I have a talent for writing and sharing.  I enjoy connecting dots for people, and connecting people.

….but

….after all that time, and all those blogs, my average number of visitors per day is dropping steadily.

And it was never that high. 

I understood that when I started.  This was niche stuff, and there are lots of other places where people can find solid information about voice acting.

I've tried to follow the basic rules for building blog visitors:  give a piece of myself in each blog….engage the visitors to contribute or respond…be consistent in my blogging…frequent…helpful…sharing…all that.

The only thing I didn't do was go with the incredibly difficult WordPress…that may be my downfall.  I understand that Google bots are infinitely more gracious to WordPress blogs than Typepad.  I don't care.  If Typepad is good enough for Seth Godin…it's good enough for me.

So here I am, actually considering ending the blog.  The drop in visitations is very discouraging.  I spend a lot of time on this thing.

So before I throw in the towel…any suggestions for making it better?

I know my page loads slowly.  In your estimation, is that an issue for you?

Is there TOO MUCH "stuff" on my page?

Should I swallow my pride and go with WordPress?

Thanks for your input.

Dave C

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  1. Erik Sheppard

    Aw man, don’t do it! Along with Mr. Souer (and of course myself) your blog is one of the best written VO blogs on the net. Always great and varied information. The slow loading thing did drive me absolutely nuts but since I stated using an RSS reader that is no longer an issue. It may be for others. It would certainly be sad to see you go.

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  2. Justin Barrett

    How are you tracking your stats, Dave? One thing to consider is that many people don’t read the blog by visiting the blog. Many (like me) get the posts via an aggregator like Google Reader, and the hits on individual post pages won’t reflect that audience. So if you’re only tracking individual pages, you won’t get accurate information. If you also track readership via the hits to your RSS feed, you will.
    Aside from that, I’m not sure I can provide concrete info on what will/won’t work to get/keep an audience, partly ’cause I’ve never tried. Heck, I haven’t even bothered to track who’s reading the animation blog I’ve had going for a few years. My posting proclivity has risen and fallen, and I assume that readers are coming and going as they please, but I haven’t once looked at the stats.
    I can’t say that I’ve always felt this way, but I try to see a blog as a way to just get my thoughts out there for whoever may read them. There’s no telling when someone will come across a post I wrote, and no telling how it will affect them, and I’m fine with that. Even if my audience only ends up being one person, and it helps that person in some small way, then I feel the effort was worth it.
    Your posts have helped me in many ways, and they will be sorely missed if they disappear. Them’s my two cents. 🙂

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  3. John Florian

    Dave,
    What would we do without you????????? You challenge us, inform us, and entertain us with your thoughts. Plus, you’ve been a tremendous help to me personally.
    Hey – you didn’t get where you are without persistence. So please hang in there.
    (But if you DO scale back somewhat, you’ve got a home on VoiceOverXtra!)

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  4. de nance, Douglas

    “Dave’s not here”?? While Cheech and Chong might have said it in jest, it just isn’t funny when referring to CourVO’s blog. On my computer, “Voice-Acting in Las Vegas” always gets clicked – but that’s in my inbox or RSS. So if you’re counting visits to your website, I apologize for not visiting. I’ve let you down and I’m sorry. But as we’ve corresponded about before – without you making this whole social media thing seem simple and fun, I’d still be scratching my messages on the cave wall with a burnt stick. While I know it’s completely selfish to continually take all that you give, I just don’t have your talent and insight to provide much in return. All I have to give back is my daily click/read/learn/enjoy, click/read/learn/enjoy, click/read/learn/enjoy, click/read/learn/enjoy, click/read/learn/enjoy…

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  5. Peter O'Connell

    Dave:
    Would you like some cheese with that whine?!
    Quitting is not an option, so that’s off the table. You said it yourself:
    “Blogging is fun. I’ve discovered I have a talent for writing and sharing. I enjoy connecting dots for people, and connecting people.”
    That’s why you stay. If you have only one reader today, you, you don’t know who you’ll have tomorrow.
    You cannot gauge whether people may be organically finding you (search-wise) and how that may impact your business.
    Because many folks still don’t know or use RSS readers (and why I have no idea) I would absolutely overhaul the tech side of the blog. The page has always loaded slow. You also have a nice branded web site that the blog never quite mimicked enough for my taste. And it never hurts to throw a new coat of paint on the house every few years.
    Pick yourself up, dust yourself and get cracking. This is a marathon, not a sprint and two years ain’t that long.
    You’re good.
    Best always,
    – Peter

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  6. Liz de Nesnera - Bilingual English/French VO talent

    Dave,
    OK…what Peter said!
    I too get you via RSS…so:
    DO. NOT. STOP!
    Your info is great!
    I got into this blogging “thang” a little over a year ago, am MUCH less prolific than you (let alone Bob & Peter!), but still enjoy it when I have something to share.
    Just keep on keepin’ on! 🙂
    Peace!
    Liz

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  7. Donna Reed

    dave:
    this new site you have today (5/27) is awesome! uploads so much faster! everyone has something to share – point out – teach – with blogs. everyone.
    glad you hung in there and persisted!
    donna

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