Knowing your punters November 23, 2005Posted by BiB in Uncategorized.
Sorry, that’s a rather pompous title for a post, even in polari. But, let’s face it, we do this blogging thang to get read and for a drop of feedback. I plod away, writing about whatever enters my head and no doubt guided by what I read on other blogs. Oh bugger, I think. Should I be writing something about Merkel (finally) being appointed Chancellor yesterday? A big day for Germany and all that. An Ossi. A woman. Or what about Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf becoming Africa’s first elected female leader? All major stuff (and I’m chuffed to bollocks she beat the footballer). Or new Israeli elections? Or cuddly old President Ahmadinejad having a spot of bother with that cumbersome old Majlis? Well, I’ll leave that to the big boys. Because what gets them clicking is a good old plug on a blog a lot more popular than my own (and rightly so). I occasionally have a look at StatCounter – ok, yes, obsessively, about every three minutes – so can see that I normally only have one reader per millennium whereas now, after Mark’s plug, I’ve got ’em rolling in the aisles, begging for more, eating out of my hand etc. etc. (OK, not quite, but…) So does this mean you should tailor things to what you think folk might possibly want to read (or plug)? Perhaps so. But it’s so hard to know what that is, and there seems no predicting it. I remember the only time in my life I brought the house down was when I once at some tree-hugging, vegan, save-the-gay-whale – to (more or less) quote my blogging benefactor – conference-type thing made an utterly unfunny-to-me joke about tugging Britain a couple of thousand miles south to get some better weather. Absolute, hollering laughter. Tears on cheeks. Slaps on back and oh-that-was-a-good-ones all round. Mystifying. But a politician I ain’t. A getting-on-for-middle-age queen I am. So perhaps I should stick to what I know (with a bit of Belarus still for good measure). Expect stories on Lukashenka’s fantabulosa riah and bona lallies from now on.