After a self-imposed break from blogging, it is good to be back. My experiment monitoring blog traffic has ended, and the results are counterintuitive. Even after 5 days of no new posts, the number of people visiting the blog have not changed much. I would have expected a sharp drop, but people are clicking through with specific interests in mind – moral disgust, non-existent Halifax refugees, the Vimy Ridge monument, and the Supreme Court of Canada, among others.
There is an important exception: RSS readers. These are loyal folk who read the latest posts as they are published, so it makes sense their numbers have dropped to single digits. Since post views have remained fairly stable, I think RSS readers read the entirety of posts in their aggregators, rather than clicking to the blog’s webpage. This is what I do, so I’m not surprised.
As a result of this experiment, I’ve decided to keep publishing full posts via RSS feed (instead of just a summary introduction with a link to more on the website) and to strengthen my resolve to have headlines with relevant key words.
During the experiment, I’ve been unable to hold back from writing drafts on topics that pop into my head. This means I have several nascent posts in a holding pattern and will be publishing them from the stack over the next little while.
To new readers, welcome. To those reading via RSS, my apologies for seeming to abandon you these past few days. I’ll make it up to you in the coming days. You can look forward to pieces on autism and moral psychology, how to publish medical journals, and judges who don’t read.