This Blog is Half as Popular As It Used to Be - Why?

Wow, I am seeing some disturbing stats where this blog is concerned. Basically, it appears that either half as many of you are reading it, or that all of you are now reading it only half the time.

Believe me, I am not blaming the victim. This is almost certainly my fault: for one thing, the number of posts have gone down, in inverse relation to my Twitter activity. (Yes, I am one of those shallow people who think that Twitter is often a worthy substitute for blogging.) At the same time, my Twitter follower count has gone up like a rocket.

It's also true that for the most part, the most interesting subjects are off-limits for me at the moment. So, it's possible that a lot of people got tired of looking for juicy content here, and then not finding it. Frustrating.

Perhaps when the information floodgates can open, the crowds will return. In the meantime, if there are any "discussable" subjects of interest to you, feel free to leave me a comment. I'll redouble my efforts to minimize Twitter-induced blogging disruption.


I have to say that It is very annoying when you provide an interesting teaser with a link and then that link forces you to register at Oracle to see the content. Why not make it easier on your users to see this information? This is a good example of what I am speaking about:

Posted by Michael on November 10, 2009 at 03:11 AM PST #

Me personally, or Oracle in general? I do my best to provide "non reg" links when possible, but it's not always possible.

Posted by Justin Kestelyn on November 10, 2009 at 03:14 AM PST #

In the meantime, if there are any "discussable" subjects of interest to you, feel free to leave me a comment Wow, that's brave of you.... I think I would have amended "discussable" to "discussable-but-not-related-to-MOS-problems" *{;-)

Posted by Boneist on November 10, 2009 at 06:31 PM PST #

I think guest posts would certainly help make it more diverse and regular. Cheers, Shishir

Posted by Shishir Srivastava on November 11, 2009 at 07:56 PM PST #

My guess is there is a general decline in technology blogging and blog readership, at least partly due to Twitter. Twitter has definitely taken over at conferences. Today, almost no one writes blogs while conferences are actually taking place -- an amazing change from what the situation was as recently as 8-12 months ago. My name link points to my observations about this during the DEVOXX conference this past November. Tweeting is easy. And tweets are too small to invite criticism. So, people like Twitter. Unfortunately, tweets are not a good means for conveying correlated, carefully-ordered, information, observation, and analysis. For that we still need bloggers/journalists.

Posted by Kevin Farnham on January 26, 2010 at 08:27 AM PST #

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