Once you get over the initial shock, that fact can actually be pretty liberating.
After nearly four years of blogging, this site is seen by thousands of people each week. Only a fraction of them find enough value in it to return for a second visit, much less become regular readers. Even fewer comment. Bloggers spend considerable time figuring out what’s worth covering, thinking about how to write it up as succinctly and entertainingly as possible, designing a pleasing page on which to display it… and most new visitors are gone within a minute or two, never to return again.
If I had enough money, I could hand out free copies of my all-time favorite album to everyone in the world… and most people wouldn’t bother to listen. Of those who did take the time, only a handful would understand where I was coming from, much less agree that whatever album I chose was in fact the greatest album ever. So what would seem at first to be a musical evangelist’s dream scenario – “if everyone could just hear this, they’d love it!” – would more likely end up a tremendous disappointment and waste of resources.
Ever been excited to meet another country fan, only to discover halfway through the conversation that you like virtually none of the same artists? Or attended a once-in-a-lifetime concert by your favorite performer, only to be seated behind someone who chattered through the whole thing?
The upside is that, once you figure out that most people aren’t going to get it (whatever “it” is), the value of those who do becomes increasingly clear. You learn to appreciate those connections where and when you find them. Because they are, ultimately, pretty rare.
In that spirit of connection, I’d like to make the following proposal:
Since this site is pretty clearly not for everyone, anyone who has stuck around for any length of time is probably the sort of person I’d like to know. So, if you’re reading this, please take a second to drop a quick line to email@example.com. Mention a favorite artist or a song you’ve enjoyed. Suggest a topic you’d like to see covered on the site. Try your hand at a country haiku. Or just say hello, I’ll say hello back, and we’ll both finish our day having greeted one new person. That’s worth something.
Most of the time, my only means of gauging who’s reading the site and how everything’s going around here are purely statistical, which is (frankly) total crap. I want to hear from real, individual human voices – the only site metrics that actually matter. If you’re out there, let me know.