Today is this blog's one-year anniversary. Here are the current stats, rounded to two significant digits:
- Posts: 180 (3.5 a week)
- Total words written: 120,000 (the equivalent of 1.5 books)
- Comments: 1,800 (10 per post)
- Trackbacks: 860 (5 per post)
- "Long Tail comment elsewhere" entries: 300 (6 a week)
- RSS subs on Bloglines (including all feed variants): 2,700
- RSS subs elsewhere: Who knows? Maybe another 3,000 or so?
- Average daily traffic: 1,600 visitors (that doesn't include RSS readers)
- Total daily readers: Given the uncertainties in RSS readership (how many of those Bloglines subs are active?), I can only guess that it's somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000.
- Current Technorati rank (combining my old "longtail.typepad.com" URL, which still works and continues to be linked to, and my current one, "thelongtail.com"): around 200.
Some lessons from the first year:
- People seem forgiving of the occasional times of crazy travel when I don't post for a week. No apology required.
- People also seem forgiving of occasional deviations from the mission of this blog. My Friday Fanboy series (usually on a Friday but sometimes just over a weekend), where I talk about what I'm really into in any given week, is fun for me and often (but not always) related to Long Tail themes. But there's no need to overstate the relevance to the theory. Sometimes a cigar is just a smoke.
- The appetite for really wonky posts on Long Tail economic and statistical methodology is limited. There are, as it turns out, subjects too obscure even for a blog.
- On topical subjects, post sooner. Better to add something to the debate in its early hours than to wait too long trying to craft the definitive post after the crowd has moved on.
- I don't know if my "Long Tail comment elsewhere" sidebar is working as well as it might. It's meant to be a way to collect and call attention to relevant and interesting writing elsewhere without deviating too much from the mission of the mainbar/feed, which is to feature my own mini-essays on Long Tail-related topics. Although it's now possible to subscribe to the sidebar's feed separately, there are other limitations of Typelists (which is what that sidebar is) that I find frustrating, such as no posting dates and no archive (old ones just disappear from the public site). Any suggestions on a better approach? Or is it working well enough already?
- Finally, I should try to respond to more of the comments. I read
and always find the ideas and advice of great value in steering the
book. But I don't reply to many of them, largely because in instances
where I agree no reply is necessary and in instances where I don't, I'm
loath to take the debate off into what I fear will be an unproductive
direction. It's in that latter category where I should more often dive
in and see where it goes. Maybe when the book is done (by the end of the year,