Is this thing on?

I don’t want to be one of those whiny attention whores who complains about lack of comments, etc., but holy crap! My readers have HALVED. I think I am going to have to take it personally. WHY DON’T YOU LOVE ME ANYMORE?

(Please note: at this point in the post I inadvertantly hit ‘Publish’ instead of ‘Save’ and it went to feed readers. What an ass I must have looked like. I made it private so I could finish it.)

OK, I exaggerate. But I am getting significantly fewer page views, my feed subscribers are dropping in numbers, and I rarely get more than a comment or three per post, often from the same people. My ads are making half what they made last month, and that was barely enough to cover hosting.

This isn’t a big deal (except the ad thing, because I don’t want to run any ads at all if they aren’t profitable), but I am baffled. Especially when combined with the drastic drop in Twitter followers this week. It sure feels personal.

Is anyone reading anymore? It doesn’t feel like it sometimes. The risk you run being a J-List Internets celebrity is that when you slide down to Q-List status it feels like a slap in the face. I have enough self esteem problems, you know? I’m being flip again, but lack of feedback makes blogging feel like a chore.

I have no conclusion. I just needed to complain.

29 thoughts on “Is this thing on?

  1. Will Campbell

    June 17, 2008 at 1:50pm

    Well I for one stop by at least once a day. At LEAST. The rest of the time these last few days I just readily recall you demanding “Lie to me! Lie to me!” to Will in your Lego: Star Wars post and that always makes me smile… but you don’t get any actual hits or uniques from my memory now do you. Hmmm.

    Will Campbell’s last blog post..Prelude To The Nom

  2. MenleyNin

    June 17, 2008 at 2:05pm

    I feel your pain. While waiting for my new site to get up and running, I’ve probably lost half of my readership from the existing (and completely and intentionally neglected) blog — which I estimate to have been 14 at its peak. (And nine of those are WDers!) So I will save you a seat back here on the W-List. :)

    MenleyNin’s last blog post..Toodles

  3. SilliGirl

    June 17, 2008 at 2:06pm

    I will post on this because I have been online far less than usual and I miss you. I used to check your blog three times a day and I’m down to every other day. Hmm…maybe it’s all my fault.

    Maybe it’s summer? Everyone’s so busy being outside in the beautiful sunshine they don’t have time to be online? Who knows, but I’m sure it’s not personal. Maybe you should post something shocking to get people’s attention. I don’t suppose you’re pregnant with an alien baby following a traumatic abduction to the mother ship by any chance?

    SilliGirl’s last blog post..Shoes and Chickens and More Links Than You’ll Know What To Do With

  4. Ewokmama

    June 17, 2008 at 2:06pm

    I suspect it has something to do with summer!

    I’ve lost a lot of readers, too, and while I know it’s mostly ’cause I don’t write as much it still feels like a snub kind of. I had to stop looking at my stats page. :P

    Ewokmama’s last blog post..In lieu of content, I bring you media

  5. allison

    June 17, 2008 at 2:15pm

    I haven’t been commenting, but I check your site several times a day. Mainly because I love you, but also because I have no life.

    allison’s last blog post..In concert

  6. Violet

    June 17, 2008 at 2:29pm

    Well, I’m always here! I’m a terrible non-commenter who would love to have a solid excuse but.. I’m just a terrible non-commenter..

    But I’m here! Always!

    Violet’s last blog post..Delayed.

  7. Annika

    June 17, 2008 at 2:35pm

    I appreciate your honestly, Uccellina. Only a real friend would lay it out like that.

  8. oslowe

    June 17, 2008 at 2:55pm

    I lurk here a lot, but I feel like having your husband (and baby-dady, bump-fist) saying “yeah! you rock kitten!” is kind of weak. You KNOW I feel that way, and any of yr readers worth their weight in salt know it too.

  9. nova

    June 17, 2008 at 4:41pm

    You know, I’ve been wondering about this… I know some people have stopped blogging or commenting on blogs (or at least on mine), and I wonder… is blogging no longer cool anymore? Am I tragically uncool since I joined up late (years after you, for example)? Is this like over and done with and now people only want to be SuperPoked or, worse, go outside?

    Maybe it was never cool. Maybe in my dementia I made that up. But where is everybody? Do you think this has something to do with zombies?

    nova’s last blog post..My Painfully Slow Progress

  10. Donna B.

    June 17, 2008 at 5:00pm

    I’m here because you commented on my post today and also on Metblogs, and I agreed with you!

    (From your disinterest in BBQ’s and charred meat smells I thought you were a woman, and just wanted to check out my womanly intuition…)

    Very nicely done blog design, and that always counts!

  11. Allison

    June 17, 2008 at 5:44pm

    Internet use decreases significantly in the summer. People also buy less online which sucks for me!

    Allison’s last blog post..Eco Friendly Toys

  12. B

    June 17, 2008 at 7:19pm

    I was thinking “Summer” and now a million and a half people have said it before I got the chance to but I decided not commenting on a post where you’re upset at the lack of comments would just add to the problem and I’m solution oriented.

    Also? That Twitter following totally baffles me. Blog stats are easy for me to ignore but the Twitter stuff is just right *there* when I check in on Twitter…I’m still trying not to think about it too much.

    B’s last blog post..Meme – ME ME ME

  13. Min

    June 17, 2008 at 9:56pm

    I can’t speak for any of your other readers, but The Internet has been causing *me* a lot of paranoia lately. As a result, I’ve been mostly hiding. Which sucks, I know.

  14. Delle

    June 18, 2008 at 1:02am

    Oh. the extended post answered the question I wanted to ask, so now i have nothing to say.

    Except that I’ve never even made it to W list. I think about 5 people read my blog. Actually, I think I should find out how many people read my blog. Hmm.

    Sorry, made this about me, not you again.

    Delle’s last blog post..Cute monkey and excitement

  15. Cazzle

    June 18, 2008 at 10:46am

    Summer? What the hell is that?

    I mean, yes, I’m still here. And commenting. Usually I don’t comment if I feel a) I have nothing worthwhile to add, or b) the comment will be entirely Me, Me, Me.

    Yeah… paranoia. Rules!

  16. Crystal

    June 18, 2008 at 11:16am

    I know I’ve just been really behind on blog reading lately (not that I’ve ever been the best in commenting anyway). I’ve noticing a significant decrease in page views, too. In my entirely non-expert opinion, I think it’s a blog-wide thing.

    Crystal’s last blog post..California: Part 4

  17. Grandmere

    June 18, 2008 at 12:49pm

    I haven’t been reading much of anyone’s blogs or writing much on mine due to a funk I have been in…but usually I read yours at least once a day. I don’t always comment but I read.

    Grandmere’s last blog post..Thank you, Harvey Korman

  18. Annika

    June 18, 2008 at 1:48pm

    The only dude I am not married to. Don’t panic!

  19. Katy

    June 18, 2008 at 2:04pm

    I check blogs every few days but very rarely leave comments because…well, because I’m a bit lame that way really. Sorry. I blame the thesis. I blame it for most things generally. x

    Katy’s last blog post..Motherfrakkers (and a bit of self-pimping)

  20. Shelby

    June 18, 2008 at 2:27pm

    It’s the economy! People can no longer afford to read!!

    Shelby

  21. oslowe

    June 18, 2008 at 5:14pm

    Dude: Shelby made a FUNny!

  22. Katherine

    June 18, 2008 at 9:02pm

    OMG, I FEEL LIKE I AM NEGLECTING YOU! I AM FULL OF GUILT.

    Also, oslowe made a political joke and I’m kind of impressed.

    Katherine’s last blog post..What time is it?

  23. Eileen

    June 19, 2008 at 5:46am

    I’ve definitely devolved into lurker status of late, pretty much everywhere online. But I stop by here at least once a day usually. I keep trying to comment more and get more involved, but I can’t seem to get there. But I’m definitely here and reading.

  24. Lucretia

    June 19, 2008 at 9:51am

    I read your blog every time I get on the internets (I have a list of stuff I need to check up on, and enjoy checking up on.)

    I have however been crazy busy recently. I have three weddings to be a bridesmaid at, and their attendant social events, a demanding job and a social life that is growing like some sort of unstoppable algae, possibly only becauise I have NO MONEY right now. Ever notice that? Stupid money.

    Er…in conclusion, always read, rarely comment.

  25. CosmicAvatar

    June 24, 2008 at 4:30am

    I won’t bore you with the whole why-Blurty-and-LJ-users-get-more-stalkage-than-blogspots thing again, but suffice to say, when I’ve been doing Stuff at weekends (as has happened the last few weeks), my blogspot stalkage goes out the window. Sorry.

  26. chez shoes

    June 27, 2008 at 7:25pm

    Somehow your feed dropped off of my Google Reader – wonder if anyone else had that glitch? Damn you, Google Reader! Anyway, now I’m catching up :)

    My readership is waaaaay down, too. I’m going to stick with Shelby’s story and blame the economy, rather than the fact that I’ve become a lame-ass blogger who doesn’t make stuff and write about it any more!

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