Dateline: 19 October 2016
My extreme southern garden blogging friend, David The Good, announced today that he is giving up his daily blogging regimen. He will now blog only once a week. David's reasoning...
"My suspicion is that blogging is a dying medium. There is too much content out there and too many distractions competing for our attention. Who has time to do all the online reading they’d like to do? It’s easier to flip through Instagram or watch a YouTube video for most people."
I think he is absolutely right. Blogging is not as popular as it once was. There are so many blogs to read, and people really are too busy. Besides that, there is plenty of other internet media that is considerably easier to experience than reading a blog.
I came to this conclusion earlier this year after getting involved with a Facebook page. Far more people are looking at Facebook because it's faster to "consume." It's also more entertaining. There is much more visual amusement there. I'm not passing judgement. I'm just saying that it is clearly evident. And it is what it is.
The fact that precious few people read my blog writings became crystal clear when I left The Deliberate Agrarian blog and came here to Upland three months ago. The Deliberate Agrarian had an e-mail subscriber list of 1,356 people. But only 182 of those people have signed up for the e-mail subscription to this new blog. That means that 87% of the people I thought were reading my writings at The Deliberate Agrarian probably weren't actually reading it.
I blogged at The Deliberate Agrarian for 11 years and it has had 3,812,025 page views. Even though I'm no longer posting there, that blog had 1,2191 page views yesterday, while this blog had 388 page views yesterday. That 97% difference further underscores the fact that few people actually read this blog.
What are all the visitors reading at The Deliberate Agrarian? Well, most of the page views are of blog posts related to my Whizbang products, like the chicken plucker and the cider press.
One of the few non-business posts that has a LOT of views there is Delmar Ain't So Stupid. That's kind of nice to see, because it is one of the better essays I wrote there over those 11 years.
I'm not complaining. I'm not looking for sympathy. I'm not even looking for more readers. I'm just pointing out a reality that I find very interesting.
At this point, I have no intention of stopping my personal exercise in blogging. But I have been making an effort to keep my blog posts more visual and less wordy (this blog post being an exception).
If you are a regular reader here at Upland, you are among the few. And I appreciate you.
Now, I need to go figure out what this Instagram thing is all about.....