Are You Struggling Over a Small Readership?

istock_new-lifeHow many people read your blog? 1,000? 500? 300? Maybe even just 100 readers or less. Those numbers might discourage you.

Just 100 readers. That’s nothing, you think. You look at the big blogs you admire, and with a low heart, you notice their reader stats so proudly displayed. They have thousands of daily readers showing up. They have the readership you dream of, the stats that make you envious.

Maybe those numbers make you feel small. You might wonder if you’re writing every day or two for nothing. You may feel like you’re wasting your time.

I’d like to turn that line of thinking on its head and give it a good ass-kicking. It’s time to put stats into perspective.

The Biggest Show in Town

Imagine you have tickets to a fantastic show – your favorite artist, too. It’s going to be huge – an extravaganza! The biggest thing to hit the region!

Have you ever been to a big rock star performance? I have. It’s crowded. It’s noisy and there’s no place to sit. You can’t see the stage well. So you stand uncomfortably and watch the big screens that show clips and bits of the most exciting parts of the show.

There are lights shining in your eyes. People around you are talking, and you can’t hear well over the background noise. Someone jostles you. It smells funny. It’s long. Your legs are tired. Maybe the weather isn’t the best, either – of course the show is outdoors.

Who could fit that many people in an auditorium?

When you leave at the end of the show, you’re glad to be out in the fresh air. It’s good to stretch your legs. Your ears are ringing from all the noise. You had a good time, sure! It was the biggest show in town – amazing!

Really? I don’t think so.

Biggest Isn’t Always Best

Now imagine a different show. It’s smaller – in your home town. In fact, the performer about to take the stage is you.

So you walk out on stage. The lighting is basic. There aren’t any big screens. There aren’t many seats in the auditorium, either. Your show isn’t at rockstar levels, and you wonder if anyone is going to show up.

You take a deep breath, and the curtains open.

Look out at the auditorium. It’s small, but the seats are full. Expectant faces look back at you. Everyone is seated comfortably and they’re waiting for your performance. The sound is good, there’s not much noise, and when you begin your show, you manage to reach every single person in that audience.

Up close and personal, too. Now that’s a show I like to attend.

Small Stats Make for Big Audiences

Recently, I attended a performance just like that – a small show in a small town. The auditorium seated about 200 people, tops.

It was full. Not only full, but it was packed for three nights in a row. The show was a resounding success, and everyone who came was very pleased.

I did a bit of math after watching that performance. Nearly 600 people saw that show, in fact – and that show only happens once a year.

I thought about all the small blogs out there, the new bloggers struggling for bigger numbers. Then I wondered if they knew how great their stats were already.

If you have only 100 subscribers showing up at your blog to read what you’ve posted, you are reaching 100 people not just once, but 365 days a year. That’s not counting the new readers that happen to stumble upon your blog, either.

365 days a year, these people come to see your performance. They take time out of their day, every day, to come read what you’ve written. Each post you write draws people to your stage, and readers come to enjoy your performance.

Do brand-new musicians hitting the stage fill the seats of their auditorium like that? Do the research. Do the math. They play for a handful of friends on weekends for a long time before even starting to hit the small local bars on weekends.

Even then, those small local bars and Saturday night shows don’t give them 100 daily fans. It takes them a long time to reach people every single day. They may never make it.

Guess what? You already have.

Post by James Chartrand

James Chartrand is an expert copywriter and the owner of Men with Pens and Damn Fine Words, the game-changing writing course for business owners. She loves the color blue, her kids, Nike sneakers and ice skating.

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  1. Nice article, I guess now I can stop asking the big boys if 100 visits a day is okay for a new site.

    idale´s last blog post…The Financial Crisis Explained

  2. Yep, I’m one with a small readership – so far! Not at all worried as my site has only been up since mid january this year. My readership is increasing fairly constantly though, and that’s reassuring.

    See, size doesn’t matter! 😉

    Thanks for another good post James, and a fresh viewpoint on what is often a worrisome subject.

    Melinda´s last blog post…Business Practices that Make you Look Bad

  3. Thanks I needed that! posted a link so any of my readers that might need it would get it too :)

    prin´s last blog post…Worried about your stats?

  4. As someone whose subscriber count is currently ~ 130 (and growing slowly but steadily), this post was spot on for me. Thanks for the fresh perspective. :)

    ObliviousInvestor´s last blog post…Quantitative Investment Strategies: Pros and Cons

  5. Dave Woods says:

    Kinds of puts things into perspective.

    It might be also worth mentioning that these musicians put in a lot of their time to achieve success so to achieve the same level of success on the web don’t expect things to just happen over night :)

    Dave Woods´s last blog post…Internet Explorer 8 Released

  6. Excellent thoughts, James.

    The music world is a great way to think about it. There are the big famous bloggers – the blogosphere’s equivalent of the Rolling Stones or Bruce Springsteen. These are the ones that make headlines, are featured on the Today show, etc.

    There are some popular niche blogs – we could compare those to great Jazz artists, or perhaps the hottest of the Emo bands. I see Men with Pens as falling into this category – near the top of the writing blogs.

    There are the up-and-comers, those blogs who are emerging as solid, and who have the potential to become great over time.

    There are one-hit wonders; bloggers who did something great once, but everything since seems to pale in comparison.

    After all these folks, we start to hit the long tail. It starts with the deep well of “local” talent. These are the bands that might sell out every time they play in Detroit, but that can’t seem to get a foothold in, let’s say, Phoenix. These would be popular blogs in smaller niches, or smaller blogs in popular niches.

    At the bottom are the tiny blogs – read only by a handful of friends and family. Garage bands that play high school dances and weddings. And you know what? Those blogs can be every bit as useful to their readers as anyone else up the list.

    It’s all too easy to become frustrated, wanting to make it to the top. But we can’t all be Dooce or Madonna or whoever.

    You can use politics, too. There are presidents, senators, congressmen, state legislators, county commissioners and even city clerks. Every one has a role to play, and none is more or less significant a person than the next. Bigger spheres of influence, sure, but not necessarily more important.

    Being content with who we are, whether it’s our position in the blogosphere or even our status in our local community, is one of the big secrets to happiness in life. Using our position, whatever it may be, to make a difference in our sphere of influence is what matters.

    Bob Younce at the Writing Journey´s last blog post…Don’t Blog If You Suck At Writing: How Copyblogger Got It Wrong

  7. @ Idale – Remember that once, we ‘big boys’ only had 100 readers too… Something to think about!

    @ Melinda – I was never a stats freak, and I’ll tell you why: How many people who visited me in a day didn’t matter. I was happy to have them, but what I paid most attention to was my occasional dip into the stats to see how many people kept coming back, and whether they started to bring friends to the show. I never saw it as a short-term project, but a long-term goal over… well, who knows how long? I’m still enjoying the ride. 😉

    @ Prin and Oblivious – You’re both very welcome.

    @ Dave – If you visit the website of any musician (if they even have one), you’ll notice something – they go back a long way, and they put out many early albums you probably never heard of. Then somewhere in the middle, you find the one you remember the most, their break. If they’ve put dates on how long it took to get there, it’s actually encouraging. They didn’t give up; neither should any blogger.

    @ Bob – Good god, man. Go away for months and then come back with a resounding comment like this? I hate you. Fondly. :)

    Oh, and thank you for putting me in the Jazz category. I like that. Like that a lot 😉

  8. @ James – Oh, I’ve been here. Just been quiet. Finally had something to say, I guess. Oh, and the feeling’s mutual :)

    @ Dave – you’ve got it right. Tenacity is a big part of the equation. In the blogosphere, many of the most successful blogs are just the ones that have managed to stick around longer than all of the others.

    Then again, tenacity doesn’t guarantee success; but it is usually requisite to long-term success.

    Bob Younce at the Writing Journey´s last blog post…Don’t Blog If You Suck At Writing: How Copyblogger Got It Wrong

  9. James,

    I like checking out a big show now and then. Sometimes I feel as if I’m part of the event.

    With that said, I much more thoroughly enjoy a show with a more intimate setting – “Hey, there’s Sid and Nancy over at the corner table!” Comfortable surroundings where I feel like I’m not just a number make me want to come back.

    I would hope that is how folks see my blog/community. If so, that’s okey-dokey jes fine with me.

    Cheers

    George

    Tumblemoose´s last blog post…How PC is your writing?

  10. Great metaphor! It’s a very inspiring way to look at a small audience. I like Kelly’s tip about looking at the average. Upward movement, no matter how small, is a sign that you’re doing things right.

    Whenever I look at my stats, which isn’t often, I’ll keep this post in mind.

    Courtney´s last blog post…Effective Article Marketing – Part Two

  11. James,

    Oh, I adore this way of thinking about it. I’m always mindful of and so grateful for my growing base of “fans,” and for the gift of their time with me, but I’ve never quite thought of it in this way. More grateful than ever right now.

    My feeling is, watch the moving average. If the trending is upward, you’re doing your job, even if the trending isn’t at the astronomical pace you imagined. Slow and steady wins the race.

    It’s okay that I’m a rockstar in my mind, though, right? Aiming for… right below stadiums. Where I still know the crowd, and they still know me.

    ‘Cuz y’know, I rock pretty hard. :)

    Regards,

    Kelly

    Kelly´s last blog post…10 Things I Hate About (Your) Experience Design

  12. Wow! Thanks for this James (and Bob for his comment too).

    I feel so much better about the 200 or so people who seem to read my little writing blog regularly.

    I long ago decided to do the best that I could and not worry about comparing myself to others. It’s nice to have this reminder as an affirmation.

    Laura Spencer´s last blog post…When Your Creative Cycle and Your Biological Cycle Are At Odds. . .

  13. Great article and really motivating. I love the music industry metaphor, I think it’s really telling and demonstrates just how much of a positive influence you can have on what seems a relatively small audience.

    Smaller readerships can be more loyal (look at cult sci-fi fans and the like), and they can feel more valued because you have time to nurture them and interact with them. Whether a blog has 10,000 readers or 100, you still feel good if you comment on them and receive a considered reply from the article writer. Just that the article writer has more time to respond when they have smaller readership levels.

    How do you think you can maintain that “small community” feel and interaction – the things that made your blog popular in the first place – when it starts to grow significantly?

    Robin Cannon´s last blog post…Friday’s Web Round-Up

  14. Great encouragement, James! Long ago (well, two years – prehistory – at least), I decided to just… write. As for how many come, well, it’s nice to have ’em. But truly, even if no one showed up, I’d probably still be writin’.

    Maybe one day the vast hordes will recognize my incredible talent, my powerful way with words. Or… maybe not. But it’s nice to know the friends I’ve made along the way will come faithfully, even when I don’t have a clue. Now THAT’s something worth counting on!

  15. Well said James, I love your knack for story telling. I like the exponential growth aspect as well, because once your site starts to grow, it really grows.

    It took me around 6 months to read 1,000 subscribers, and in the last 7 weeks I’ve added another 750 to that count.

    Cheers,
    Glen

    Glen Allsopp´s last blog post…The Lazy Man’s Guide to Regaining Control of Your Mind

  16. @ Glen – Rock on with that!

    @ Robert – “But it’s nice to know the friends I’ve made along the way will come faithfully, even when I don’t have a clue.”

    There are many days when I feel I don’t have a clue, and those are the days when I feel good that I have faithful friends, too.

    @ Robin –

    How do you think you can maintain that “small community” feel and interaction – the things that made your blog popular in the first place – when it starts to grow significantly?

    That’s a good question, and it’s a struggle we faced ourselves (and still face at times).

    Being real. Being personal. Talking *to* people, not talking at them. Writing as if I’m having a conversation with readers, not writing an expose on my own brilliance. Keeping that ‘you’ in the words. Showing up in my own comment section to discuss. Taking time to reach out and talk to a few people privately. Paying attention. Listening. Hearing. Understanding. And showing that I do.

    @ Laura – I read your blog! *waves hand*

    @ Kelly – Alright, look, you’ve got it all wrong again. I’m the rock star. But come to think of it, I need a lead guitarist and a rhythm guy and a drummer and someone on keyboards and where are those backup singers and what about the band that builds up the crowd for me before I go on and did someone order pizza yet and I need a glass of wate-…

    Oh, sorry. Was just remembering a dream I had. Right. Blogging. Gotcha.

    @ Tumble – You hit that analogy perfectly. “Hey! There’s Sid and Nancy over there…!” Yup.

  17. George,

    If Sid and Nancy are in the corner, have we reached blogging heaven, or…

    Never mind.

    James,

    I’ll be the opening band for you anytime. Keeps me limber. ‘Til I get too big for my britches, & then you can warm up for me, don’tcha know. 😉

    Until later,

    Kelly

    Kelly´s last blog post…10 Things I Hate About (Your) Experience Design

  18. Dearest Kelly,

    Oh I bet that one is up for debate! 😉

    Friday cheers, all.

    George

    Tumblemoose´s last blog post…How PC is your writing?

  19. Ah, interesting post by a very popular and powerful James Chartland ^_^
    The way I see it is subscriber numbers are shadows on the wall, like money is. The real stuff is the value. What is my small blog doing? Is it delivering the value that it promises? This is something I am responsible for, not the subscriber numbers.

    Life is a lot easier when we quit chasing shadows and focus on what we are really responsible for, I think.

    Akemi – Yes to Me´s last blog post…Light Ascension 2012 Resources

  20. I really like the music metaphor, although right now, with my 3 subscribers, my blog feels more like a Flight of the Conchords gig. 😉

    Catherine Cantieri, Sorted´s last blog post…The Sorted Seven – No. 5: Reference Files

  21. I’m finding it hard to get to the 100 level, let alone rock-star status. I know that I probably don’t post regularly enough yet to get there but it does get a little discouraging.

    The one thing that I struggle with is that so many good posts (at least in my mind) will slip further into the past and never be read since they are “old”. I can always bring some of them forward from time to time though — “Blast from the Past” like releasing a “Best of” album or doing a remix.

    Thanks for the encouragement. I’ve been feeling it the past few days and this was a timely post for me.

    LoneWolf´s last blog post…Two Feet at a Time — Swimsuit Edition

  22. It is important to note that the stats lie anyway and those big boys are not as big as they seem.

    It’s popular to post the number of RSS subscribers you have, but I wonder if there will ever be a WordPress widget to display what Feedburner calls your “reach” . . . the number of people who actually read your RSS feed on a particular day. And if that reach were available, would any of the big boys display that number?

    When you look at a blog’s number of RSS subscribers, don’t assume they have that many readers. Many people subscribe and rarely read the contents of their RSS reader, or they get the email updates and never open them (or the emails go to spam and are never even seen).

    I watched one very popular blogger’s RSS count go from under 6,000 to nearly 18,000 overnight when Aweber started counting blog broadcasts made to email lists. If a blogger had done the Internet Marketing thing and built a big list (even if that list had a very low percentage of people actually opening the emails), suddenly their blogs looked very popular.

    Another very popular blogger uses Feedblitz for email marketing and the same thing applies, but those lists have been counting in the RSS subscriber count for much longer.

    Things are not always what they seem. Bloggers display their RSS count for a reason, they want to give “social proof” their blog is good. The idea is (and studies show we do believe it) if it looks like lots of people are reading a blog, lots more will subscribe because it must be good.

    I’ve had a blog with a high subscriber count, but I also know what my “reach” was and what my click-through rate was, and it wasn’t impressive. Lots of people subscribed, then apparently forgot about it.

    If you only have 100 subscribers on a new blog, chances are you have a higher rate of reach than many of the big players. So the stats are skewed.

    Terry Heath´s last blog post…Win-Win Thinking For Multi-Talented Fairies and Mortals

  23. Thanks James!

    :-)

    Laura Spencer´s last blog post…When Your Creative Cycle and Your Biological Cycle Are At Odds. . .

  24. Oh, thank you so much for this post and grabbing us small bloggers back to reality!!

    Your perspective has really helped me feel like it’s not all for naught! Thanks so much.

    Whitney´s last blog post…Individually Collective Blogging: Oh the joys of Time Travel

  25. A small crowd ain’t so bad if you’re offering people value.

    The most savvy marketers and networkers out there will afford themselves the opportunity to gain a much larger readership.

    Those that aren’t as aggressive and shrewd in this department will fail to reach the heights they dream of.

    I’m certainly not the greatest at this. Nor do I comment on that many blogs and I’ve come to believe that commenting can make a significant dent. Especially when you consider that growth is often exponential.

    I got some solid guest posts lined up though… I got about five in the bank that I will be submitting in a short time. Should help.

    Bamboo Forest – PunIntended´s last blog post…Why Do People Clap in Movie Theatres?

  26. Hi James – I lost a lot of traffic when I redirected my blog earlier this year so stats are a touchy subject for me. And I hear what you’re saying about folk coming back each day but I get a lot of my visitors through Google.

    For me, bigger will always be better – unless Aerosmith agree to do me a private concert for free.

  27. Love the way you use words like an artist. Move over Van Gogh!

    I have several blogs and several newsletters and several subscribers that range from the thousands to the dozens and after writing a huge run-on sentence (oops strike that) and after years of maintaining it all…I let it grow as it will and no longer angst. It makes running my business far more pleasurable.

    Barbara Ling, Virtual Coach´s last blog post…Local SEO blog SERPs can power up local businesses

  28. James,
    I could kiss you for this post. In fact virtual hugs to go with that. Honestly James, I wish I could condense my thoughts and be clever, but let me just say this is sublime.

    Janice Cartier´s last blog post…And In This Corner

  29. @ James, are you calling me a stats freak? Oh – yes, yes I am. Love stats, numbers, tracking, graphs. At least I’ve stopped recording them daily or even weekly! LOL!

    I like keeping track of stats because it shows me the growth or otherwise. Not to mention being able to track ROI when marketing. I wonder if they become not as relevant after a certain point or income or readership? Something to think on.

    I’m a very big believer in measuring business growth and activity, particularly for smaller businesses. I don’t think I’ll ever be convinced otherwise.

    @ Kelly, I played violin, bass guitar and the trumpet a couple of decades ago, d’you think you could find me a place in your band too? *waves to Sid and Nancy*

    Melinda´s last blog post…Business Practices that Make you Look Bad

  30. Melinda,

    I’m vocals, reeeeally rusty clarinet, and kazoo. Sounds like you could round out my opening set perfectly. Just what we needed! 😉

    Later,

    Kelly

    Kelly´s last blog post…10 Things I Hate About (Your) Experience Design

  31. Interesting. I was just over at Anne’s blog About Freelance and she posted something about commenting and I was thinking about that some. I came over here and there’s a post about small readership. Well no comments, few comments, or a small readership, I’m still going to post when the spirit moves me and when my other writing work is done.

    Small show or big show doesn’t matter to me; it’s what the blogger says and what pics the blogger posts that matter to me.

    Michelle Kafka´s last blog post…What Key Factors Can Inventors Teach Freelancers?

  32. LisaNewton says:

    OMG, I love your analogy. I’m in the category of 100 or less that you refer to, and I’m very happy to have those readers. I enjoy the community they help create, their comments are invaluable to me, and it’s a joy to “talk” to them.

    Thanks for putting small blogs into a different perspective.

    LisaNewton´s last blog post…Chris Brogan, the So Cal Action Sports Network, and the evening that almost was

  33. Very encouraging post. I really appreciate your perspective. I’ve been maintaining my blog for 3 1/2 years and I often wonder, “Is there anyone out there paying attention?” It’s definitely discouraging when you don’t see bigger numbers. It’s during those moments that I have to re-focus and remind myself that writing is as much for me as it is my audience. It’s therapeutic. It’s fun. It’s good practice. It helps me to communicate much more clearly and effectively. Like any solid investment, blogging will take time, but I believe it will have a payoff if you have something worthwhile to say.

    Clint´s last blog post…Never Say ‘Never’ Again

  34. I’m running with a pretty tiny readership, but hoping to built it up with regularity and high quality posts

    Paul the Knight´s last blog post…Passive income guide: Part 2: Methods – Stock

  35. Great post! Thanks for the encouragement 😀

    Have a blessed weekend!
    Sallie

    Sallie´s last blog post…Love in a Scrabble Board?

  36. Great post. Although I don’t have thousands of readers (not yet anyway), the thing I like about having a small group of readers is that I’m not accountable to a bunch of different interest groups. I stick with my brand and they know what to expect. I like building a brand slow and steady. I’d blog even if no one listened…I can’t leave all my music inside of me :)

    Nathan Hangen´s last blog post…Join the Twitter Rockstar Contest!

  37. Nathan,

    I like that— “can’t leave all my music inside me.” That is a perfect way of expressing what will keep a person going over the long haul.

    If there just isn’t any other way, you know you’re gonna outlast that small-crowd phase. Nice.

    Later,

    Kelly

    Kelly´s last blog post…MCE Round Table: Misery, Money, Music…

  38. What a great perspective. You’re right…it’s so easy to get caught up in the numbers and feel very insignificant. But I have to tell you, every time I get an email or a comment about my content and how it helped someone make a decision, get a new idea or perspective, or want to do better…I feel great. In the end it IS about connecting. And I have learned that being a so-called “rock star” should never be the goal. Again, thanks for the much needed perspective.

    Angela Connor´s last blog post…Communicate like the whole world is watching

  39. As a classical musician, I am used to small audiences.

    My college had a 700 seat concert hall that was (well, still is!) an amazing performance space. My senior recital was the culmination of over a decade of violin lessons, four years slaving as a music major (don’t let anyone tell you it’s an “easy major”), and more money and time investment than I can possibly compute.

    I had a whopping 35 people in attendance. (That’s being generous. Each person probably could have had their own row of seats in the audience.)

    At the reception after the concert, nearly every one of those people had something to say to me about what they enjoyed about my performance. I wasn’t just some person on a stage. These people took the time out of their evening because they truly cared about my music.

    Sure, blog stats are fun. Having a lot of readers is fun. But the best part is expressing yourself in a way that makes you happy and touching the lives of those who want to experience your passion with you.

    If you’re in this to be Internet Famous, you’re chasing the sunset. Sit back, write what you love, and the right people will come to you.

    Geek’s Dream Girl´s last blog post…E’s Unplanned Adventure With Furry Weekend Atlanta

  40. Thanks for writing this. It’s a nice article. It’s encouraging to see that one needs to be in good spirit even if their blog has a small readership and the replies echo the same. Some people think that a large number of people are required for anything to be successful. But your post has an excellent answer for that.

  41. Nice one James. My blog stats are steadily increasing, but are still down in the low hundreds. There are days when I beat myself up about that (normally when I’m sick or hungover) but I always try and remember why I started doing this in the first place.

    Because I like engaging people.

    The fact that a couple of hundred people keep coming back is pretty bloody good in my book.

    Steve Errey – The Confidence Guy´s last blog post…Confidence Interview – Michael Bungay Stanier

  42. Urban Panther says:

    100?! Geez, now I’m totally depressed. I have 55 subscribers.

    As a singer, I used to sing in a coffee house. It was GREAT. Everybody joined in, and it was the same crowd every Sunday with a few new faces thrown in. We then moved to a bigger venue. Crikey, I might as well have been playing alone in my living room for all the audience interaction I got. So, I quit and played alone in my living room.

    Great analogy, James. My 55 subscribers are loyal and interactive fans to my little show, so I’m happy with my coffee house style blog.

    Urban Panther´s last blog post…The link

  43. I’m on a newsletter list that sends out a weekly ezine. Every week it starts off with “Welcome to this weeks 257 new subscribers” Of course the number changes each week, however I’ve never seen it less that three figures.

    That actually annoys me, as it seems to be bragging.

    Not totally sure what the point of this comment is now that I’ve written it! LOL!

    Melinda´s last blog post…One of the Joys of Working at Home

  44. Great points here James.

    I see so many folks struggle over whether numbers matter. How many subscribers, high page rank, technorati rating, number of twitter followers etc. But high numbers don’t mean much to me. I’m selling a service to folks who need my service. I can have 50,000 readers who don’t need my service, or I can focus on the 100 or 1000 who might need my service.

    Within a week of launching my blog and my @lawfirmblogger account on twitter — with hardly any subscribers and maybe 100 followers — I brought in more new clients than I ever thought was possible. My blog still has a small readership, but it does its job. My business twitter account has 1/4 of the followers my personal account has, but it’s where I get my business.

    Perhaps big traffic, high page rank, etc would matter to me if my goal were to sell advertising — pitching to advertisers who would care about such things. But that isn’t my goal. My goal is to have time to work. :-)

    Amy Derby´s last blog post…Ads on Law Blogs? Are We Really That Desperate?

  45. I was excited when my blog reached 50 subscribers, and then 100 subscribers, and so on. Milestones are milestones, and the first ones are going to be small. Be happy for them.

    I think it’s very brave for a blogger to publish their feedcount when it says 17 subscribers. I have respect for those who do. I hope everyone’s small readership is loyal and supportive of their blogging endeavours.

    Tracey Grady´s last blog post…Urgent! How to handle those last-minute design requests

  46. Thanks for the post that basically tells me it is OK that I don’t have a lot of readers…yet.

    I just found your blog today and I am really enjoying it. I like the different writing styles. I liked it so much I reviewed it on Review Me Today.

    Your review Business Tips to Help Writers

    Thanks again for the great blog!

    ~Kat~´s last blog post…Business Tips to Help Writers, Freelancers, and Entrepreneurs

  47. Thanks, I feel relieved as well now about the tiny number of people reading my translation blog ! 😀

  48. Large numbers are nice and all but a smaller, tight knit community is a whole lot better. Don’t ya think?

    I’m all for building your readership one reader at a time. Getting to know that reader and consistently delivering what he/she wants to read day-in, day-out. With time, that small community turns into a thriving community and bigger and bigger it gets. Next thing you know, you have a couple of hundred and then a few thousand…

    Ricardo Bueno´s last blog post…My Social Media System

  49. CGabriel says:

    I’ve been coming here for a long time in addition to getting your feed in my reader. This is the first time I’ve commented…no doubt you’ll sleep easier with this knowledge. :-)

    I happen to think my blog, with respect to content, is solid. Posts, audio satires, the occasional homegrown (or outside) video. And yet I’ve always framed my traffic in this way: “Well, I only have a dozen subscribers and get about 200 hits per day…”

    Your post finally puts things in a far better light. Rather than want the 160-foot yacht, why not embrace the nice 30-foot boat with four seats, a tiny lower area and a table to eat on. The fact that there ARE subscribers and through promotion – emails, newsletters, Twitter and LinkedIn – several hundred visitors stop by daily….that’s nothing to sneeze at…..so I need to stop sneezing, put away the Puffs and appreciate the half-full glass.

    Quality over quantity.

    Best wishes…and I’ve always loved this blog!
    Christopehr

    CGabriel´s last blog post…Gabriel Theatre on the Air: The Pasture

  50. @ Christopher – About time you came out of the woodwork 😉

  51. @ James – Shouldn’t that be out of the ‘brickwork’? LOL!

    Melinda´s last blog post…Do You Have Permission to Market?

  52. I was referring to the brickwork background on this site. Instead of lurking Christopher has come out from the BRICKWORK and posted! LOL!

  53. Hi. I have only started my blog last Monday so I’m not expecting many readers or any for that matter yet. All I’m doing at the moment is posting a link to it whenever I can and see wherever that helps.

    I have a question how long did it take for you guys to find a layout that you felt suited your blog?. As I have changed mine about 5 times now but I think I have found one that suits my blog.

    Keep up the great work on this website you guys! 😀
    .-= Pandora Moon´s last blog ..The Fact On Jehovah’s Witnesses =-.

  54. @ Pandora – We’ve changed three times in all in three years. But, we tend to put a lot of thinking into site layouts before we make changes, which means we end up making less changes over the long term.

    Good luck with your blog!

  55. Thanks for answering my question James. Good tip on thinking about the layout before putting it on the site I should keep that in mind myself.

    Oh and cheers for the good luck I’m defiantly going to need that :)
    .-= Pandora Moon´s last blog ..Observations On The Bible Genesis 4-6 =-.

  56. I have found a focus for my blog the only problem was that the name Hotch Potch didn’t fit it. So I moved to wordpress and picked a more suitable name for my blog.

    I just figured it would be best if I left a link to my newly named Heavenly Demonic blog.
    .-= Pandora Moon´s last blog ..The 10 Most Important Things You Can Say to a Jehovah’s Witness =-.

  57. As long as I know there are 2 kind of visitors. new and repeat. New visitors come from search engine. repeat could be from subscriber or maybe also search engine.

    The first strategy we should do is how to invite someone from search engine. then we need to search engine optimization our article. If we already having visitor from search engine. some of them will like your article, some of them are not. Some of the people like you story will subsribe.

    This is I think the cycle of blogging business.
    .-= Ruri@Free article directory´s last blog ..Top Ten Ways To Sabotage Your Own Audition =-.

  58. Sorry I missed this post…would have saved me some frustration this year :)
    .-= Nathan Hangen´s last blog ..Chris Brogan’s 2009 Blogworld Expo Keynote =-.

  59. @ Nathan – Kelly wrote the whole thing out, by hand, in gold and blue ink, and I have it pinned to my wall. It’s the only post that makes me smile and think of everyone out there I’m trying to reach, every day.

    And that’s why I keep it right where I can see it all the time.

  60. Nathan

    (pssst. You commented way up above. Spotted your adorable gravatar up there. hehehehehe)

    James,

    I think you’ve put a tear in my eye about three times at Men With Pens, and I’m a hard lady to crack. This was one of them. From your heart to your readers’ hopes and fears.

    Worth twice as much gold ink as I used for it, darlin’.

    Until later,

    Kelly
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..Imagine You Needed To Kick Ass, Starting Today =-.

  61. Thanks James for the encouragement regarding small numbers, I have at present, according to the stats, 25 daily readers. I need to cater for them and look after them as if it was 25 hundred, by posting regularly and by being as honest and writing with integrity. Thanks for the reminder.
    .-= JimmyKellyart´s last blog ..Oct 25, Bistro New painting =-.

  62. @ Jimmy – You’re very welcome. I started out with just one or two readers, and nurtured those relationships well. It’s done right by me, and I think it’ll do right by you too.

  63. I have about 700-900 daily visitors. Is it considered good? I agree, “Small start, Slow growth is key to eventual success, if you persist.”
    .-= Chris´s last blog ..Persecuted for Righteousness: Beatitudes Bible Study Series – Part 8 of 8 =-.

  64. very inspirational wordings to a new blogger like me .. I’m loving it .. thank you so much .. it has made some magic in me .. the each n every point mentioned in your post, I can imagine that in my life and blogging carrier .. thankyou !
    .-= srivathsan.GK´s last blog ..Videos of Google Chromium OS Event Launch =-.

  65. Size doesn’t always matter but the quality does. It’s better to have a few readers who follow you daily rather than having 1000 users who just come and go. If you have 100 users for example you can communicate more easily and offer them exactly what they want, while having 1000 readers makes almost impossible to find out what everybody wants and is less probable that they will stay.

  66. That was really inspiring. We always tend to look at the negative side and forget the positives. What’s important is to enjoy what you are doing and give out quality content to your readers on a regular basis. Don’t look too much into the traffic.

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