Really delayed reaction

Somebody asked this on Yahoo! Answers back in October ’09, and it just now got around to having a Best Answer selected. Here’s the question, which is definitely within my realm of expertise, such as it is:

Why would a person initially start a blog if there’s no guarantee no one would read it at all?

Why would you start writing for virtually no one…

Ah, Grasshopper, you are so young.

My answer (which got one whole vote for Best, out of one):

Sometimes you just feel the need. It took me a year and a half to get my first 3000 visitors; now 3000 is a slow week.

And no, there are no guarantees. I figured if I threw enough stuff against the wall, some of it would stick.

Site’s been up 13.5 years as of today. Total visitors: 1.85 million. Patience sometimes is a virtue.

We’ll hit 2.3 million next month, maybe.


  1. Luther »

    29 May 2012 · 11:23 pm

    Good job, Charles.

    And oh, cause you’re a craftsman, that’s why. My opinion anyway. Hope you know that is a high compliment, though sure, who the hell am I to say such.

  2. John Salmon »

    30 May 2012 · 12:49 pm

    Yeah, but a million of those visits are by me, which isn’t all that impressive. Just kidding, of course-Dustbury remains a daily delight for thousands.

  3. Teresa »

    30 May 2012 · 3:10 pm

    Very cool. Of course well deserved that you have so many visitors. It helps so much that you find the best stuff to post and have lots of things to read every day. I find myself completely amazed at the quantity and quality of your daily postings.

    I never got much above 50 visitors per day and now it has dwindled as I don’t get as much posted as I used to. Do I care? No not a bit. I just like to be able to throw thoughts at the blog as they come my way. Whether any one else finds them of interest is pretty much beside the point. It’s odd really because I could never keep a diary of any kind on paper. heh.

  4. CGHill »

    30 May 2012 · 8:24 pm

    “It helps so much that you find the best stuff to post and have lots of things to read every day.”

    At the very moment I read that, I was wondering what the hell I was going to be using for material the next day.

  5. Teresa »

    30 May 2012 · 9:55 pm

    LOL – I have faith. Of course it’s easy for me to say isn’t it.

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