Get on the blogroll

Hey folks! I was thinking it would be fun to perform a little experiment.

I’ve been doing this blog thing for a couple of years now, and I think I learned a little bit about how traffic works. I know that all I have to do is mention specific political figures or religious leaders, and my blog traffic will go through the roof, but it’s not from people who care about what I’m writing, they just either want to tell me I’m right or wrong for liking a guy, or not liking a guy.

I also found that I can mention things that are hot in the news, and all the little news spiders will find my blog and make it look like my traffic is doing really good.

But when I write about real things, or just everyday life, I don’t see much traffic.

I do, however, know this: On an average day, about 100 folks will make it to this domain, and a handful of others will read via some sort of RSS feed (read about RSS here).

Out of those, about 40% always go to this post, because apparently there isn’t much known about Bell’s Palsey, so people google it and find our posts about Steph’s experience with it.

So here’s the experiment:

I want to know about the remaining 60-or-so people who look at this page on a regular basis. And I want to get those people, specifically, on the blogroll, so that it serves the purpose of a fun social network, instead of a list of awesome ministries and resources, which is about all it is now.

So if that’s you, please leave a comment and let me know, and if you have a blog or a website, I want to link to it, so let me know and I’ll add you to the blogroll.

Also, if you use Twitter, let me know so I can ‘follow’ you. (If you don’t know what Twitter is, read this post — and don’t think it’s only for technology geeks!) When we get a little bit of a community built up, I’ll put an RSS feed with everybody’s updates on the side of this page! And if you don’t use Twitter, then you need to because it’s fun and seriously addictive.

Sound cool?


8 Responses

  1. I’m suspicious of twitter…. my husband is into it, but why does he want to talk to people he’s never met before. Most of it is about macheist, but still

  2. To me, Twitter is reminiscent of something a lot of people did in their college years. Everyone had an AIM account. Thus, everyone had a gazillion “buddies”. There’s no way you can keep up with them all.

    So, instead of talking to them, you would take your mouse, hover over their screenname and read their away messages. That way you could keep up with what’s going on in their lives with little actual contact. Sure, occasionally, you would actually IM them, but for the most part, you would just stalk them.

    To me, Twitter is pretty much the same thing.

  3. Couldn’t agree more, Shannon.

    Twitter is definitely the grown-up buddy list stalker replacement…

  4. Ha, I use Facebook to keep up with my friends.
    It may be a little silly, but I don’t know if I want my husband interested in other people’s lives like that, not unless they are people that he knows personally. That being said, I think he dose the Twitter thing a lot and is excited that he can do it on his iPhone

  5. Lauren,

    I totally hear you. I watched people talk about twitter for at least 6 months before I drank the koolaid. I figured it was just another social networking thing to waste my time…

    And it kind of is… but it’s really fun. I get a kick out of it.

    And, if you follow the right people, you can really learn a lot. For example, I wrote an email this morning to a photographer I found on twitter asking for some tips about starting a website…

    On a completely unrelated note, how the heck are you? Are you in Raleigh? We’ll have to catch up!

  6. I have tried the Facebook/MySpace thing, but those seem to either take too much effort or the content becomes stale and outdated. It was awesome when I first signed up for those. I loved finding people that I knew on there and seeing what they were up to. Then, once I had found all the people I could, I kind of lost interest. There’s a chance the same thing may happen with Twitter, but since the content is always fresh, it may keep my interest.

    Being able to Twitter from your phone is definitely a cool thing, especially for us dorks of the world. Some other cool thing are that you can Twitter from your IM account and you can have your Facebook status updated with what you are Twittering. The integration is neat.

    It’s also possible that you could develop a man-crush on “some random guy who you’ve never met just because he displays his whole life online”.

  7. Zack,
    I am good. Been married for almost 7 months.
    I’m in Durham and I go to the Summit church, so I stay pretty busy there 🙂
    I’m getting to know Kristen Sorrell a little because we both work at RTI

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