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Heh.

That just made me laugh.

In that post, Hugh Macleod talks about the audience for his blog, and the size, of which his has no idea:

But "How many people read your blog per day" is not the same thing as "How big is your audience."

Let me explain.

The number of blogs I read on a daily basis numbers about a dozen. The number of blogs I read every couple of days numbers about ten times that figure.

But the number of blogs I read regularly, just not that often, is way, way, way higher than that. Many thousands of them.


Which I thought was interesting in a kind of self absorbed, who is reading my blog kind of way. I've always interested in who reads this blog, and how they (you) found your way to it, and what kind of pattern you (they) keep to reading it. It's just one of those things I toss round when traffic spikes, as it does every now and then. But I don't think too hard about it, simply because the answers are never likely to appear, and it's all a little useless in the end. A while back John Scalzi did a top fifty sf bloggers based on technorati rankings and, after checking my rank, I found that I was high enough to drop into the final ten of those. But since I don't register on Scalzi's blogsphere of reading, I wasn't there. Which pretty much sums up the whole audience thing, really. Some people read you, some people don't. If you're lucky, wads of cash will show up one day on your doorstep from sympathetic readers.

In other news, ex-Lifetime bass guitarist Linda Key has been arrested for hoarding body parts. As you do.

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girliejones
Aug. 3rd, 2006 02:48 am (UTC)
In the knitting blogging world, your audience is defined by when you get a book deal.
benpeek
Aug. 3rd, 2006 02:58 am (UTC)
i shouldn't be surprised that there's a knitting blogging world, but i am, you know. make i should write knitting stories.
girliejones
Aug. 3rd, 2006 02:59 am (UTC)
Well i list a whole heap on my lj front page ... and 3 of them got book deals out of their knitting blogs.
benpeek
Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:08 am (UTC)
you're not going to actually be surprised when i don't go and click on the knitting blog list, are you?

:)
girliejones
Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:11 am (UTC)
no. I'm just saying that there must be someone somewhere keeping some kind of measure of blogging audience and translating that into $$
capnoblivious
Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:13 am (UTC)
Well, we can see how well Twenty-Six Lies sells. :)
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ironed_orchid
Aug. 3rd, 2006 05:41 am (UTC)
Maybe you should knit books. I'd collaborate on that project, but only after I master the dread art of intarsia.

Knitting blogs are massive.
benpeek
Aug. 3rd, 2006 06:28 am (UTC)
is that knitting porn in your icon?
ironed_orchid
Aug. 3rd, 2006 07:46 am (UTC)
No, it's knitting erotic art, just check out that lighting.
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claredudman
Aug. 3rd, 2006 10:45 am (UTC)
Reading your blog
Hello there, I read your blog, Mr Peek, on a pretty regular basis. I kind of dip in when the mood takes me.

I got here through when you guestblogged for JV and now I'm hooked.
benpeek
Aug. 3rd, 2006 11:55 am (UTC)
Re: Reading your blog
hey, i found your blog through jeff's too! we could all play seven degrees of jeff vandermeer one day ;)
tanuja
Aug. 3rd, 2006 12:15 pm (UTC)
I found you via Yuki_Onna. I like your humour and writing style. Finally, I find the spats that other "authors/writers" have with you amusing, mainly because it shows some of them to be a bit stuck up their own arses, but hey, I'm an accountant, what do I know about an angst filled life?

Are the "Ben Peek Must Die" buttons still available? ;)
benpeek
Aug. 3rd, 2006 12:35 pm (UTC)
yes, i suspect a lot of people hang round here for the fights i have with other authors :)

the buttons are still available, though they say, 'i hate ben peek'. because why not? after all, it's hard to hate a man who sells the buttons.
tanuja
Aug. 3rd, 2006 01:24 pm (UTC)
An Accountant speaks: How much are the buttons? Once you're famous, they'll be more valuable, especially if I can prove their provenance ;)

Seriously, how much are the buttons. In about 10 days time, we'll be in a position to be able to send payments directly from our AU$ bank account, woo hoo!
benpeek
Aug. 3rd, 2006 01:57 pm (UTC)
the buttons are out of the cafe press store on the side. i think it's like a buck twenty five or something for one. i can't afford to print these things up myself, you know :)
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