Apparently this blog has been doing something right! But you knew that because you kept coming back.
One of the characteristics of a successful blog is, they say, that it involves your readers with each other. A good weblog is not about the writer as much as it’s about the readers.
I have to say that’s not something I expected when I started this thing. I figured, “I’ll be turning out mini essays five times a week, snarking around with stupid questions like If a fly drowns in holy water, does that make it a martyr? and that’ll be it.” I’d read blogs, but I never really dissected them. I hoped for comments, and I loved getting them, but I didn’t think of them as terribly important.
What the article states more explicitly is that a good blog forms a community of its readers. I’d noticed that some time ago, that some posts tend to get a lot of comments and that the most successful posts involve you guys talking to each other.
I can’t call what we have here a community, per se. But I’d like to think that when readers take the time to comment, they’re investing a bit of themselves in whatever question I asked or whatever situation I recounted, and that they’re carrying something away with them after they navigate to their next blog of the day.
Over time, the regulars get to know one another, and everyone begins to feel familiar. New readers feel comfortable to jump right in. And while that’s going on, I keep doing my six (I’ve upgraded from five) mini-essays a week to keep the party going.
One person has said he reads here because of the comments, that the sheer number of commented posts told him there was life in this corner of the internet.
So hey — thank you all! Thank you for making this blog a friendly, silly, thought-provoking place to be.