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My persistence during the year of 2009 was admirable. In retrospect, I don’t know how I was so motivated to spend so much time writing stuff that no one was reading.
It looks like I really chose the wrong time to retire this blog. My audience was growing rapidly in late 2011 and early 2012, and I’ve never managed to get most of them back. I wonder what I was doing right at that time.
Overall, readers of this blog may pride themselves on being an elite, at least in the sense of being a small group.
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One lesson is that prominence on the top of the web page does matter. It seems that the essays are ultimately more influential (or at least more read) than the shot blog posts. I’m glad to see this, because it’s my essays that I really put the most work into and take the most pride in. Whenever I’m working on one, I have the feeling that I’m killing my readership as I watch the number of daily hits decline, but I’m carried on by an inner compulsion. Whenever I’m writing an essay, I’m convinced that it’s exactly what the world needs to hear, even if no one will ever actually listen. In the long run, though, the essays get a constant trickle of readers, and it adds up (not much, but more than other stuff I write).
Some of you may be surprised to see “A pill to kill male sex drive” up there, but I wasn’t. Every day, that post gets a few readers from people doing internet searches on the subject. Apparently, there is a real desire for such a thing. I’m sure people who come to my blog are disappointed to find that I’m not selling anything but just raising the subject as a thought experiment. “The positive side of bullying” got a lot of hits because it was linked on View from the Right.
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