Pity The Poor West Coast Blogger
And which early morning surfers can a California blogger compose for? That single reader in Hawaii? His devoted following on the Kamchatka peninsula? Bloggers in Fiji? No! 9 time zones of cold, dark, empty Pacific water force us to get those posts up while our fingers go numb and our heads droop over our keyboards.
And in what perverse universe did I manage to cultivate a readership that skews toward areas West of the Mississippi? Fully 2/3rd's of you, my Blognonyfriends, are East Coasters or residents of the Midwest. (Don't suppose any of you have plans to move to Alaska?) And many of you may have noticed how I time my posts to catch the East Coast lunch hour and that precious time after dinner. (Sorry West Coast readers, but I have to pimp those posts to suit the traffic.)
But not to worry, I'm the kind of slut who'll do anything for clicks. I've even changed my posting patterns. I used to compose my serious piece for the morning, trying in vain to comment on the topic du jour. Then, after some reflection, I'd post a humorous piece in the afternoon. Well...so much for that. Blognonymous' traffic increased 30% when I switched my humorous piece to the morning, saving my serious stuff for the early evening. Guess Blognonymous is like talk radio, nobody wants to hear bad news just before they head for work.
you really try to time your posts this way? I empathize: a big problem when I ran my business from san diego was never being able to contact anyone after 2PM-Pacific. Most days I was barely getting going by then. ~~ D.K.
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D.K., indeed I do. If you were to check my stats, Blognonymous' highest traffic hours are 10:00 - noon and 3 - 5 Pacific...respectively the 2 hours starting at lunch and just after dinner, both on the East Coast. Accordingly, you'll notice that I often post either just after midnight or at about 6:00a Pacific to catch the morning traffic and between 3:00p and 4:00p to catch the evening traffic.
Deb, I get a smattering of readers from Europe, Canada, and Oceana. Almost none from South America or Africa. But interestingly, I get a lot of search hits from the Middle East, almost all searching for porn terms.
WS, indeed it is! :-)
I've been trying hard to work my traffic back up to last years level, and I think November has been the first time that I've exceded where I was.
TFWY, don't get me wrong, I can't just turn the "write" mode and go. Read Blognonymous for any length of time and you'll notice a pattern. I rarely get to any topic while it's hot--mostly because I don't usually have anything interesting to say. My best ideas often come from comments I leave on other blogs--which is to say...Blognonymous is nothing without the rest of you all. And so I don't have to worry so much about the timeliness of a post and can bank a few for later. I usually have 2 or 3 posts ready to go and 10 to 12 ideas stored up at any given time.
Ah...but see that's what I'm talking about. You Right Coast bloggers have it easy! ;-) Get the post ready, publish first thing and then just let 4 time zones worth of comments flow in. I only get that if I publish just after midnight.
So November was a good month huh? For me to. Blognonymous' traffic levelled off for about 7 months, and November was the first month where it began to climb again.
My own blog's traffic surged this past week to almost-Project-Runway-recap levels because I posted something about Britney Spears.
Mags: Britney does trick everytime. The Defeatists' #1 search referral is for "boobs" which leads surfers to a pic of a pregnant Britney Spears .
Cartledge, if I had a lot of readers in Europe I'd be there in a flash! Tried to get a job in Australia once you know, but just couldn't work it out with the company.
With the other blog though, by the time I sit down to surf through the news, it's already everywhere else.
Can you give me some advice on installing a sitemeter on Is America Burning? A friend did the one I have on my blog. (It's the standard Blogger version which is probably good enough for what we do).
Dusty, see there you go...up at 3 a.m. gets those lazy East Coasters going first thing in their morning.
Julien, oh please! 2 readers?! My soggy green butt!