Aaron DaMommio: husband, father, writer, juggler, and expert washer of dishes.
This was a tremendously useful blog post, Aaron. Even though I'm under the gun to get a number of tasks done today, I'm glad that I read it. The most traffic I ever got on my web site was when I created a section with characters and adventure ideas for an RPG that had was just being released to a fair amount of hype. I had preordered the game and so had access to the rules and such before most people. Before Google Analytics blew up on me, my traffic reports showed that I was getting a few hundred hits a week, and that the average time spent on site was something like 5 minutes, which is pretty damn good.Reading Ford's blog post makes me realize that by not having a way for readers to easily express their opinions on the content, via ratings or comments or other feedback, I squandered that initial wave of interest. It also makes me realize why I don't read 90% of the sites that he references in his post; by nature I'm not a joiner and those sites appeal to people who want to be part of a virtual community.Writing is a solitary endeavor, but the new model of audience participation via the Internet shakes that up in ways that are probably not comfortable to a lot of writers. It's interesting and a bit daunting.Doug