Monday, September 03, 2007

Blog It and They Will Come (Maybe)

So, I've been doing the "blogging thing" for almost 2 years now. Mind you, for the most part, my blog has been pretty boring unless you LOVE biking or my family. That is pretty much all I do besides work and various church activities. Nothing too exciting to most people, but exciting enough for me. I don't blog about work. I love my job, and I'm sure I could squeeze out some great "duh" stories working for ITS at the University, but I'm really good at leaving work behind once 5:00 hits.

Anyhow, I used to rarely post unless something moderately exciting happened. Great for me, but not so great for friends and family who always want to see what is going on in my life, which is why I started a blog in the first place, so I wouldn't have to email them all the time. NOW, I feel the need to blog even when I am not sure I want to or really have anything of importance to say. Why? Because...apparently...people actually want to know what is going on more often than once a week!

Bloggers are a strange breed. I never fathomed that I'd have regular visitors from Alaska, Washington, Arizona, Kentucky, Georgia, and Minnesota. I take hits from other states, but these people are the ones I seem to take hits from over and over. I think it's cool, and I've made some great friends through "blogging", but once in awhile I sit back and kind of chuckle as to why a posting such as this would actually draw a reader in (HEY..GET BACK HERE...I DIDN'T TELL YOU THAT YOU COULD LEAVE YET!).

Once I actually started blogging more often, the strangest thing happened: PEOPLE CAME BACK! Back in the day of one to four posts a month, I wasn't taking many hits at all. In August I took over 1200 unique hits to my blog due in most part to everybody's curiosity over the Gut Check. One of my friends pointed out that doesn't include RSS readers who keep up that way. It kind of boggled my poor little mind, but it was cool.

Here is my plea to y'all. Some of you lurk around and just read my blog. Now, I want you to post something. Tell me what makes you keep coming back. Tell me what you want to hear more of or less of. It doesn't mean I'll comply, I'm just curious.

Below are the stats for the last 20 months. Not too hard to figure out when I actually started to become a more faithful blogger, is it?!?!?!?!


Anonymous said...

I'd blame snakebite, he'd just hitting refresh to screw up your stats. He does this from his N800 while riding his fixie in circles backwards.

thE_kErnEl said...

yeah, blame snakebite

Anonymous said...

Brady - you are an inspiration to me to ride more and drive less. Thank you for your blog.


SD_pedalpower said...

Your stories are interesting and well written. I kind of blow by the stats other than seeing you are trying to hit 10,000 miles which I can not comprehend doing myself. That is an amazing goal. I Just hope to put more on the bike than the vehicle someday.

hellimat said...

I read your blog because

I want to ride more
Met you and like ya
want to get my future wife on a tandem with me
Want my kids to love biking so they have a healthy sport to carry on into their adult years

probably a few other reasons. you know, like the charts and graphs