In April 2009 I wrote my first blog post, which was the start of this Napoleonic Wargame blog. One of the very first to comment was Bob Cordery of Wargame Miscellany and writer of many wargame rule books. He was very generous in his comments and with practical advice on how to write blogs. I have followed his blog ever since (Wargaming Miscellany) and he has continued to comment and offer advice and support. We have never met, but I would consider him a real friend.
When I read his blog this morning I was very surprised, and not a little pleased, to find that my blog was the subject of his latest post. He commented on the small number of comments this blog receives and urged his many followers to have a look and perhaps comment.
According to his blog stats Bob has 394 followers and a total pageviews of 4,185,086. That is really impressive, but even more so is the large number of comments he receives on most of his posts. He has a very friendly writing style and obviously inspires interest in, and comments on, his wide range of blog posts. I know from the other blogs which I follow this is relatively unusual. A few bloggers have commented on the lack of response to their posts, and a couple have given up blogging as a result.
I currently write three blogs each week.
This is my main blog and covers all aspects of my Wargaming activities.
The second one is my 1813 campaign diary blog. As the name suggests it records the daily events in my long running Napoleonic campaign. It also has a battle report of each of the 432 campaign battles fought so far.
The third one is Jan and Paul in Spain. I started this one to keep friends and family up to date on what we are doing here in Spain. It is mostly a record of our hill walking activities with a U3A group which Jan and I run.
My purpose in writing blogs has always been personal satisfaction. Long before I started my first blog I kept a personal daily diary. It is a five year one, with a few lines for each day. I have kept one for almost all of my adult life. So blogging is only an extension of that activity.
Of the three weekly blogs, the easiest one to compare with Bob’s Wargame Miscellany would be this one. According to my blog stats I have 131 followers; I have done 931 posts and have had 1335 comments. All time visitors are 364499 and last month there were 1963. Not in the same league as Bob’s 394 followers and 4,185,086 visitors. But in my opinion quite respectable, and certainly more than I expected when I typed that first post 13 years ago.
Bob’s current post got me thinking about the relatively few comments I receive. 1335 comments sounds quite impressive, but it is only 1.4 comments for each of the 931 posts. I don’t know how many Bob gets for each post, but I would suspect 5 to 10, or even more.
On the one hand I am very grateful that after all of this time 131 folk follow the blog. I am also very grateful that 1963 of them read the blog last month. There were 5 posts in May, so if the stats are correct 392 folk read each one. However there were only four comments in May, and all of them from Bob.
Don’t think for one moment that I am complaining about the lack of response. I enjoy writing the blog each week, and until I read Bob’s recent post I was not even aware that there was so little response. If anything I was quietly pleased that I managed to have 131 followers. It was only today that I realised there were almost 2000 visitors last month. And none of this will prompt me to abandon the weekly blog. It is such an important part of my Wargaming activities that I would never consider stopping it.
But it would be nice to have more comments. I really enjoy each comment I receive, and I try to reply in full to any points raised.
So thank you all for following my weekly posts, and don’t take this one as a complaint that you have not commented more. But if you do have any comments or suggestions about the blog, please feel free to post.