Reader depletion

Robert Stacy McCain weeps over his lack of attention from the Instant Man:

Something has gone drastically wrong, and I can’t figure out what it is. About a month ago, as Wombat noted in his Aug. 28 FMJRA round-up, we got no fewer than six Instalanches in the span of a single week. There are bloggers who’ve worked for years without getting a ‘Lanche, and so we may have exhausted our karmic quota of linky-love that week, which would explain the 17% decline of traffic from August to September.

At my current rate of ‘Lancheration, I should get my sixth somewhere around 2015.

Then again, I avoid paying too much attention to the meter, mostly because (1) it’s too depressing and (2) it’s not like Susannah Breslin is reading me or anything. I will, however, point out this weird fact from my own statistics: since the first of the year, feed subscribers here are up by 30-40 percent, yet SiteMeter shows only a modest 10-percent gain. Then again, the JavaScript used by SiteMeter doesn’t count anyone’s feed reader unless they actually come back to the site.

McCain, I suspect, were he to find similar results at his place, would not be mollified, and would move heaven and earth to figure out a way to make it possible to get feed subscribers to hit the freaking tip jar.


  1. LeeAnn »

    4 October 2011 · 10:02 am

    The most visitors I got in a single day came from a Dustlanche.

  2. Brett »

    4 October 2011 · 10:54 am

    My traffic spikes also are the results of Chazlinkage. Many thanks.

  3. Francis W. Porretto »

    4 October 2011 · 3:53 pm

    Sheesh. I’ve been blogging since 1997, and I’ve been ‘lanched once. Count your blessings.

  4. CGHill »

    4 October 2011 · 4:14 pm

    My problem, I think, is that once in a while I come up with something that might be worthy of ‘Lanchitude — but that’s never the item that’s ultimately selected.

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