Remember when you first started blogging? An increase of one in your visitor counts or feed readers was exciting.
Then you discovered Digg, StumbleUpon, and Twitter. By a submission of your site to popular social networks, you saw your blog growing by the hundreds.
I remember those days.
Each new unique visitor made my day. It confirmed I was being found. Slowly (and I mean s-l-o-w-l-y) my blog grew.
Within a few months someone Stumbled a post of mine. I thought I was seeing things. My statistics showed hundreds of unique visitors in one day. I had a hard time wrapping my brain around how that could happen. But within a few days, my visitors counts went back down. And again I was counting my unique visitors one by one.
Stumbles and Diggs started happening more frequently. It was like my blog was high on drugs. My stats looked great. My blog was on it’s way.
Or so I thought.
Just when I got used to the “good” numbers, my statistics would fall (but not as far down as before the “spike”).
I no longer was satisfied with a handful of unique visitors. I wanted more.
I wanted my stats to be higher. I had tasted that “social (networking) meth”, and I wanted more Stumbles and/or Diggs.
I thought of ways to get more, but didn’t feel it was ethical, so I went “cold turkey” and realized I must go back to counting uniques one by one.
Occasionally a post will get Stumbled or Dugg, but I’ve learned it’s only a temporary high.
I am now an ex-social networking junkie. I reverted back to why I started blogging.
In this uncertain world, my hope is to leave a small piece of what I’ve learned, on this “medium” called the “world wide web”, and hopefully benefit others for years to come.
It’s easy to get caught up in the thrill of high traffic numbers, but if you take all of those Stumbles and Diggs away, you’re left with your loyal readers.
Aren’t they really who we write for?
Are you addicted to social “meth”? Playing the numbers game?
Are you trying to sustain those high numbers?
Or have you realized your loyal readers are the ones who are truly important?
Photo Credit: babasteve’s photostream