The Aniblog Tourney is set out for, in its own words, altruistic reasons such as ‘being a tool to help readers to discover new blogs’. Yet we all know that in the end, it’s actually a giant game of #aniblogpopularitycontest2012. The more comments, the more readers you have…right? The more readers you have, the more page views, and the more popular your blog is…right?
For instance, this reminds me of a conversation I’ve had on Twitter once:
That wasn’t the full conversation, but nonetheless, it was more of a circlejerk of mutual pity rather than a conversation. You get the point. Bloggers seem to get the idea that the more blog views that they have, the more readers they have. I understand this point. AOIA has actually a small, core group of readers and passerbys who ask for blog link exchanges and then never show up here ever again. I’m okay with that. What the blogview counter at the bottom does, however, is create the illusion of great traffic and generate interest. “Maybe we have tonnes of readers who get here to read, not comment!”
The truth is that a lot of our hits actually do come from Google search results, most notably for the word ‘lolicon’ (sigh) and in the imgres section. But these blog views gave me the idea of an illusionary audience. An audience that is simply much smaller than I thought it to be. This is the exact same problem I see in many other blogs, especially those which are full of content and those which like doing things like “Wallpaper post #671832”.
To quote GloTheLegend, he once said that most of the reason why he managed to get about 1k views per day sometime back was because he had simply written a crapload of posts, and google does the work for him. But can we deny that his blog is popular? We can’t. Yet we can’t prove it either. If we stripped away all the blogviews, we’d see that we would rank rather lowly due to our sparse comments. Yet this is also no way to prove that we have no readers.
I would know. I’m an outlier as well. I read blog posts from feeds and never comment. I think about what they say, make my own judgements, then move on to the next post. You know why?Thinking of a good comment and logging in takes time. Even without the logging in, the writing alone is stifling enough. One good comment is hard enough. One good comment times 256 is bonkers.
So what in the world is our ‘real’ readerbase? As anibloggers, how should we gauge our reach and audience? May the aniblog tourney reveal all of this to us. Perhaps that is its purpose- to show us who really reads our blog, and to shed light upon our faceless readers hiding in the darkness.