Since starting the blog in early 2011 there has been a slow but steady climb in views.
I know there are limitations to the number of views as a measure (e.g., if somebody has a very brief look and is not at all interested, it still counts as a view) but it still is an indication of the interest.At the end of 2012 I decided that unless I was averaging at least 100 views a day by the end of the year, it really wasn’t worth the effort. Even though many of my posts still don’t receive all that many views, enough of my 665 posts are of sufficient interest to attract regular views. For example my top two posts—What is the Strengths Perspective? published in 2012 and What is asset-based community development? published in 2013—have received an average of 75 and 49 views a day so far this year.
As you can see, views peak in March–April and September–November, and dip during university breaks in the USA and Australia, which suggests I’m successfully reaching one of my main target audiences: tertiary students.
I’m clear about why I blog, and so I keep these aims in mind and try not to worry too much about how many views I have and what other people think.
This isn’t a blog that attracts much discussion or interaction—there are only 800 comments and 278 of these are by me. It would be nice if this was higher, but I don’t want to do things like trying to be controversial in order to provoke a reaction or commenting on lots of other people’s blogs simply to encourage interaction on my blog. One advantage of not having too much interaction is that it means the blog take less of my time!
Every now and again I receive a comment from somebody about how they appreciate the blog, which is always reaffirming and helps motivate me to keep going.
Thanks for the views – particularly to regular readers!
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