Thursday, November 11, 2004

Blogexpolsion

I joined BE sometime around the early-middle of October. It seemed like a fun way to increase visiblity for my blog and at the same time visit blogs I might otherwise never have seen. I really injoyed it and for several weeks it really lived up to my expectations. I began to get addicted to watching the hit counter constantly increase. After a while, however, I realised that I was getting more hits but not necissarily more READERS, just more hits. I rarely get comments and the visit lengths are always right around the minimum for BE to get credits. I have decided that I don't really care about the hits if no one reads what I have to say.

This lead me to the other problem with BE. As more and more people join my traffic has been decreasing anyway, even with surfing other blogs for several hours a day. It is the classic case of diminishing returns. When I surf I seem to hit the same pages over and over even though you are only supposed to see a page a max of once a day.

Then this past week we experienced the "Ratings Controversy." It seemed like every other blog I visited people were suddenly complaining about their ratings, and who rated them what. It was so childish and really detracted from what I like about reading other peoples blogs. I am begining to think that BE is burning me out on blogging...

With this in mind I have decided to stop surfing BE for a while and see how much traffic I get from BE as a baseline, with no action from me. In a few days I will make a decision as to wether or not I will leave BE. What do you BE users think about this? Have you seen any of the things I am talking about?

4 comments:

Galkis said...

You are probably right that many people just wait for the 30 sec countdown and then click away.

I have done it a few times, but if the blog seems interesting right away I read at least a couple of posts.

Drunken Samurai said...

It is really hard to tell how long someone is on the blog. My hit counter registers most BE hits as less than 5 sec which is not possible. They certainly aren't spending alot of time.

In the end I is probably my fault - I should be edgier - more in your face!

Nah!

Andrea said...

I hear ya! I feel much the same about BE and am not sure I'll really spend much time surfing with it because most of my favorite links are found through links on blogs I'm already reading and enjoying. Mind you, I may not have seen and enjoyed your blog without it :-D

Madley said...

I'm officially an addict... and have read lots of things I never would have gotten to otherwise. I decided not to care about the hits or ratings, just about collecting good blogs to continually read! Will be watching for your results...