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.