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The end of January clicked past. In keeping with the previous two months, there was a substantial rise in traffic.

What that means, I don't know. It's a pleasing thing, however, since I always approached the blog with a view that it should be public. In fact, my exact thought has been that it's a disposable public voice. Trip past on a regular basis for some amusement, and don't hold too tightly onto it, for the next day will be different. Hopefully it'd transfer into people picking up my work when that appears, which I know it's done in some cases. See, short stories are hard enough to follow on a regular basis, but at the moment, I view them a bit like a band putting out singles. Given enough time and following and an album will be put out. Now, that won't be happening any time soon, but there does appear that an audience has developed around here, which is nice, cause I'm still playing shitty bars and dead festivals for the most part.

The question that I am left with today, however, is how do I make you guys bigger? It doesn't take a genius to figure that the increase in readers is going to even out, which is expected, but I'm wondering (publicly, obviously) what it is I can do to promote this thing a bit more.

If there's anything. The second option is just to keep going and not think about it. In which case it won't be bought up again.

Anyhow, I'm not the brightest guy in the internet and writing jar (actually, I have no idea with this self promotion business) so I'm throwing the question out to y'all, southern style. Suggestions on what you'd like to see in here, how to pimp it, whatever, just toss it in. I'm told that requests for naked photos should be ignored, however.

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deborahb
Feb. 1st, 2005 10:56 am (UTC)
How about some nak-- oh, wait.

Deb
P.S. Not necessarily of you, of course. Not even preferably of you. Worth a shot, eh?
benpeek
Feb. 1st, 2005 11:06 am (UTC)

well, i suppose i could go back to filming school girls...

but, no. sorry. the answer is no.
bodhichitta0
Feb. 1st, 2005 12:10 pm (UTC)
I actually know quite a bit about increasing web traffic but unfortunately, I've only ever worked for exceedingly rich clients like Keebler and Bayer. And then you talk about banner ads and contests and cross-marketing and packaging.

For a writer? The only things I can think of at 7:00 in the morning are finding other writers' blogs and cross linking with them. Also, when you get press, slap the url out there. (This ties in of course, to promoting your physical non-blog work.) And there are some link ads you can buy very cheap at different writer/reader sites--like $39 per thousand views. I don't know, is any of this anything you don't know?
benpeek
Feb. 1st, 2005 12:22 pm (UTC)
actually, i didn't know the paid banner bit. but that doesn't seem like much of a point, and maybe a bit of a waste in my case. (and something that's not real financial for me.)
mariness
Feb. 1st, 2005 01:36 pm (UTC)
You know, without seeing those naked pictures, how can we judge if they should be ignored or not?

benpeek
Feb. 2nd, 2005 01:53 am (UTC)
there are just some times when you have to use your own personal standards with these things, i feel.
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