Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Blog Traffic

A comment posted yesterday mentioned the number of Anderblogs and the people posting and it got me thinking. Here's my 2 cents worth on the subject.

I think there are various reasons for the change in people posting. The number of blogs does influence it, in a good way I think. With the various blogs, people can find the ones where they feel the most comfortable and fit in. Some people like controversy and gossip, some prefer reviews of the previous night’s program, some of us like to discuss what we like about Anderson and the program, while some of us don't like to read criticism of Anderson or 360. To many of us, criticizing the show is the same as finding fault with Anderson. Some blogs are mindful of how he would feel if he were to read it, others don’t care or feel it’s private and there’s no chance of him reading it.

I don't judge a site by the numbers, but think it's more important that the people get along and enjoy the experience. If only 10 to 20 people visit a blog on a regular basis and interact well with each other, I feel that's better than having 50 or more members, where there's sniping, fighting, and people's feelings getting hurt.
Everyone has a different reason for visiting blogs and commenting. I don’t know how it breaks down, but some people never comment but just enjoy reading the blog and the comments. Others comment when the spirit moves them or if they want to express their gratitude or appreciation of what was posted. On the other hand, there are those who thrive on starting arguments and stirring the pot, so to speak. I suppose they like the excitement of saying something to get a rise out of others. Maybe it makes them feel important.

Personally, blogs for me are an escape. It’s a chance to get away from everyday problems and the anxiety that stems from situations and problems that can’t be solved but cause distress. I don’t want to argue with people nor do I want to read things that upset me. If I wanted problems, fights, arguments, and unhappiness – well, let’s just say I can find enough of that in the real world. For me, the cyberworld, or Anderworld, is a place to feel good. I guess it’s the adult version of a fairy tale.

If you like what we do here, Cead Mille Failte, a hundred thousand welcomes. If not, I hope you find your own favorite little corner of the Anderworld. Either way, thank you for dropping in.


Anonymous said...

AMEN ! Often times you have people who read and are afraid to say something for fear of how it will be taken. I know i'm critical of 360 sometimes but it's more my expectations of what they have done in the past and what they are doing now. A few times i have posted a negative comment on content or structure and have been blasted to the point where i don't post anymore. It is just easier that way.

Anonymous said...

Well said!