Originally Posted by jinkster
won't the people who stop reading still show up in your "hard data" of page hits?
i hear that a lot of people are enjoying more personal information - would you rather not hear from the ones who have stopped reading?
maybe some people think this is a blog by democracy? that we can put in our 2cents with hope that it might influence your direction. doesn't seem too likely!
If people stop reading, they don't generate any new page hits because they don't visit the site. Feb traffic is just as high as January, so I'm seeing a net gain in readership this year, not a decline, and it appears that's mostly happening because of an increase in referrals and in search traffic (both of which tend to be mutually supportive).
I don't need to hear from the people who stopped reading. If people don't like my content or style, I'm not going to change for them anyway, so that info isn't particularly useful to me.
I am influenced by others of course. I write many blog entries based on reader suggestions. But I don't rearrange my lifestyle just because it bothers some random people on the Internet.