This is something I discovered a year ago and am trying to make my peace with. Goofing off on internet time goes down for people between Thanksgiving and Christmas. And thus, my blog feels suddenly like a bit of a ghost town. But this year, I am leaning into it!
You know how I obsessively study my stats? I check them every ten minutes or so which gives me an idea of the activity on the blog on a minute by minute basis. Normally when I put up a post, any post, there is a basic level of activity that starts as soon as it goes up and continues steadily. That tells me all my regular readers are bored at work and slowly meandering over to check the blog for updates. When that level goes down, that tells me that people have got STUFF, there is less time to meander around the internet reading things you are tepidly interested in.
On the other hand, there are still posts like my Stree Spoilers post that are doing fine. Those aren’t the “hey, what new post did Margaret put up?” readers, those are the “hey, I am going to search the internet for this on particular thing and follow the link and get what I want and be efficient” readers. Those people will always be with me, so long and humanity craves to know the ending before they watch the beginning.
But then there are the other people, the ones who struggle and carve time out of their day even during this busy season to read my new posts. The 5 readers who read my most recent Mahabharat post in the first two hours after it went up. So, this post is for YOU!
So long as my casual readers aren’t paying much attention, what should we try to get away with? TGIF posts every day? Posts on movies I hate and why? Posts on people I hate and why? Limericks? Discussion posts? Academic media theory discussions? Gossip history posts? Fanvids? Reviews of your favorite movies? What do you like? What is the thing only you are interested in so you normally wouldn’t ask for a post on it but so long as no one else is reading I might as well do something just special for you?
(Pictures of Dog Hazel?)