It's time for quarterly navel-gazing again. The above shows the monthly visits since I started the blog last November (pretty soon I'm going to have to start a spreadsheet before the early data rolls out of view).
The obvious thing about the last quarter is that readership has now plateaued at around 16k per month. Probably there's a bit of seasonality going on - just as every blog's readership generally goes down on the weekend, I imagine there's a tendency to go down a bit in the summer too when a certain fraction of folks are always away. Still, I expect it's mostly a real effect. It feels to me like I've been a little distracted by moving and house-hunting and that's probably taken a toll.
I would also expect that, after a while, readership will probably rise somewhat further, if more slowly.
I'm not unhappy or unmotivated by the current level of readership. Indeed, I am noticeably happier since I've been blogging than when I wasn't. A feature of the blog that I didn't really expect, but perhaps should have, is that it's driven a good deal of personal evolution in how I live my own life - I think it was an essential catalyst for my reaching the decision to leave the Bay Area, for example. And I feel good that it's basically led me to place a public stake in the ground that I will make my personal life carbon negative over the course of the next few years, and provides me a vehicle for thinking through the details of how to make that happen.
Still, I would like to see readership rise further, as long as it can be done without compromising my integrity/authenticity as a blogger.
It's probably not the case that I could put more time into the blog (currently ranging from about 1.5-3 hours a day), or at least not for several years in the best case. So the question becomes is there any way, within the current time commitment, that I could get better at blogging, such that my readership and authority would rise?
Readers are invited to make their suggestions about how I could serve them better in comments...