This is my first summer in the blogosphere. And it is a daunting place.
I’ve heard whispers from seasoned bloggers. The mortals among you will see few visits. The seas are dead calm. Readers will wander from your blog in search of summer fun. Only the biggest and brightest bloggers bloom in summer.
Oh, how true this is. The number of visits to my blog dropped drastically on June 10th. The day is etched in my mind. I thought I reached an even keel for the summer in the following weeks. But then I saw the numbers for last week. They haven’t been so low since January, when I was still learning the ropes.
Some days it feels like the only visitors are those cast upon the shores of my blog by the fickle winds of search engines. Who knew searches for tall ships would end up here? One post about them in Baltimore, and internet searches lead to me. Maybe I should post about tall ships more often so as not to disappoint those searchers.
Or potted plants. Those searches lead many to my post about minor characters. Maybe I should write about different ways to pot plants and include lots of photos.
This summer, I thought I’d cast my net in search of new blog topics. Now, I’m not so sure. Will a new idea float with readers? Or are there too few to give me an accurate assessment? Should I write more interactive posts? Or will they go over with a whimper because all my readers happen to be gone the same week?
I am floundering with indecision.
Those of you who reel in hundreds of viewers daily may not notice the summer die off. But for someone like me, whose daily views normally top out in double digits, the drop is painful to see.
But there may be hope on the horizon. Seasoned bloggers say the viewers return in the fall. Perhaps like salmon returning to their native stream to spawn, my viewers will return one fine September day. So I’ll continue to send out my two
messages in a bottle posts each week. And I’ll hope they find their way to those of you braving the blogosphere this summer with me.
Have your numbers dropped as much as mine? June totals were down 20 percent from my high in May. If July maintains its current pace, it will be down 40 percent from May. That stings! Or are you strong enough to avoid looking at the numbers?