I am constantly amazed by the lightening fast changes, improvements, updates, connectivity and interactivity the Internet is developing. So fast that in all honesty, it is just impossible to keep up with it all.
This is especially highlighted for me with The Vandal Blog. When I started it about three years ago, it was a fun thing to do, and if I managed to attract a subscriber or two, I was over the moon. Then with the advent of Twitter, and a little exposure on Facebook, I got a few more subscribers. So this was the idea. Have a blog, get some subscribers, have some fun.
But boy, have things changed in the last six months. Just this morning I stumbled on some traffic information about my blog. It was gripping reading. Well, probably only for those like me who think statistics and reading telephone books is fun. Anyway, the upshot was the discovery of a huge number of ‘referrers’, as they are called, to my blog.
Yes, there was of course, Twitter, Facebook, Google search and subscriber’s RSS deliveries. But then came Stumble Upon, Digg, Goodreads, Friendfeed, Social Whale and Paper IL. I’ll stop there as there were 150 more!
My next discovery was how a blog’s RSS feed is public property. I’m sure you’ve seen me post my new blog posts to Twitter and Facebook, but did you know anyone can grab my RSS feed and use it as content for themselves? This is the new trend to attract followers on Social Networking. And I’m ok with this as it works both ways. Yes, they get followers, but at the same time I get a huge jump in blog traffic.
Then after digesting all of this data, I saw one entry that really brought a huge smile to my face. ‘Direct from bookmark’. A long list of wonderful people who do it the old fashioned way (as much as that can be for the Internet). The Vandal happily bookmarked in a browser and visited from time to time. If you are on this list, you are definitely one of my favourites too.