if a blog falls on the web, but no one hears it…..

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This blog was first posted on eelearning.com on 4/17/08.

my little hiatus from blogging over the past six months provided me with a number of interesting issues to contemplate, but the one that caught me most off guard was this question:

do readers really care if i post or not?

why would i ask this question? a quick look at some of my blog statistics for eelearning will clue you in. 

eelearning stats May 2007 – April 2008

Here’s a chart of the activity on eelearning here on wordpress. I my last post before my sabbatical was the middle of September. But readership of eelearning continued to grow through November. hmmmm. Makes you begin to wonder.

Add to this that my stats counter on my typepad account is still counting away and has shown steady readership there, even though I haven’t posted a new post on that verson of eelearning in almost a year now!

What I take from all of this feedback is two fold. One, many blog readers aren’t obsessed with what is being written every day. Blogs for many web users are resource sites and it doesn’t really matter whether the content they are seeking and finding was published yesterday or last year. Two, moving a blog and getting your readers to change their blogrolls and bookmarks is a very difficult task as well. if you obsessed about reader statistics, then make sure you have a comprehensive plan to migrate your readership before you move.

Comments from eelearning

If you’d like to comment in real time in 2020, do so below.

Laurie McCune on 4/22/08:

Has anyone considered using DigitalChalk to build a video knowledge base to address the concept of user submitted content? It seems like putting the ability to author content into the hands of the subject matter experts is exactly what you are trying suggest in a Web 2.0 online resource center.

Karl Kapp on 10/15/09:

Dave,
Interesting statistics. I like the insight they provide in terms of readers treating the blog as a resourse. I think it also speaks to the valuable postings you have on your blog or the readership would have not returned for “reference” material.

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