What Do You Really Think?

on June 11, 2008 in Blog, podcast, website

A little over two years ago I posted the first article to A Scoutmaster’s Blog. Since that day in May of 2006, I have posted 277 articles about my thoughts and experiences in Boy Scouting, along with a sprinkling of other topics.

A little over a year ago, on April 4, 2006, I posted the first video to the Melrose Scouting Productions Podcast, a podcast about Boy Scouting by Boy Scouts and leaders. There have been 39 videos posted do far, averaging nearly three per month.

During the month of May, 2008, this blog received 2545 visits (according to Google Analytics), with 2155 unique visitors. The podcast receives even more visitors. I give you these facts not to brag or anything (after all, there are other sites that make these stats seem small by comparison), but to prepare you for the following statistics.

I have read a couple studies about people who read blogs. It appears that only one or two percent of readers lave a comment or send an email to the blogger. I would have to believe that the stats for podcasts would probably even be worse since mosts people will listen to or watch a podcast away from their computer, or away from the website.

To tell you the truth, as a blogger and podcaster I find these statistics to be disheartening. I am like the majority of bloggers and podcasters in that I do not get paid for doing this. I do it because I enjoy it. But I will admit, after reviewing the stats for my blog last month and finding that less then 3/10 of one percent of people who visit my sites take the time to leave a comment, I am becoming a bit discouraged.

Is my writing that bad? Are the articles that boring? Are the videos that painful to watch? Yes, I admit that I am happy to receive the hits and visits that I do, but I would like to know if you, the readers and viewers, are enjoying what you see? Are you finding them to be helpful in any way?

By posting a comment you are able to leave feedback about how you feel I am doing. It is the only payment I ask of you. Heck, I would love to receive feedback or emails from even two percent of the sites’ visitors. It would be a lot more then I currently receive.

So, can you find it in your heart to help out a lowly blogger/podcaster? When you read an article that you enjoy or find helpful take a moment to leave a comment. When you watch a video that leaves you with a smile on your face drop me a line and let me know about it. I would really appreciate it, and it encourages me to keep doing it. Numbers are nice, but feedback is great.

I am not too proud to quote the boy in the movie when he said, “Please sir. I want some more.”

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    7 Responses to “What Do You Really Think?”

    1. Beagle Scout says:

      Hi Steve,

      Even though I’ve never left a comment before, I have been enjoying your blog since shortly after you started it. I check multiple times a week to see if you’ve added anything new.

      Thanks for taking the time to share your love of Scouting!

      Beagle Scout

    2. Scoutmaster Steve B. says:

      Thanks Beagle Scout. I appreciate the comment. Thanks for sticking around for so long.

    3. Dan says:

      I read your blog through an RSS reader which makes it harder to post comments all the time.

      I have also noticed that the majority of your posts don’t encourage feedback. Ask questions! Start discussions!

    4. Scoutmaster Steve B. says:

      You have a point there Dan. While I have ended a few posts with a question, most of my posts do not encourage much feedback.

    5. buffaloeagle says:

      Steve,
      I know what you mean. I asked my wife one time, she has a blog herself, why I hardly ever get comments like she does. She explained that womeen tend to leave allot more comments than men do. she told me a majority of people that visit my blog are men, then she posed the question. “how many comments do you leave?”.Don’t let it get to you, just keep up the good work.

    6. Sergio says:

      My lack of comments does not mean I don’t read the blog. I don’t miss an entry.

      Keep it up.

    7. Nick Wood says:

      Steve,

      I read your blog regularly and find it most interesting.
      I guess there are two reasons I don’t comment.
      One is that it’s difficult for me to comment on the BSA stuff as I’m in the UK and second is that sometime I don’t have anything interesting to say!!!!

      Keep up with the interesting posts!

      Nick

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