I was totally and completely surprised and flattered by the 'very interesting blog' comment... I wasn't sure anyone thought that (and that would explain the lack of readership!). Once I got over that, I got asking the same question... why don't I get more comments? I figured because I was boring, but at least one person disagrees with that... what else could it be?
My theory is a combination of two factors. The first is the fact this blog is fairly unfocused. I talk about knitting, frugality & finance, politics, faith, news, technology, home, environment, random-life-stuff-that-happens, photography... you get the idea. Should any of that be cut out of the mess? Yeah, that's a really broad collection of topics, and I can't imagine that any of my readers care about all of it, so that could be problem number one: I lose readers because a significant percentage of the blog is not interesting to them (although any one topic might be).
My second, and even more plausible theory, is the Community theory. I am not a part of a blogging community, or 'clique'. My topics are edgier than what is typical for the "Christian wives/moms" community. I don't do enough knitting to fit into the "knitters" group. I aspire to be environmentally friendly and a country girl, but I'm still an apartment-dweller, so don't have enough to say on the subject to fit into the homesteaders groups. I don't WANT to be part of the technology, news or politics bloggers. What am I to do?
Here's what I'm going to do:
- Comment more regularly. I'm a shy girl sometimes. I would rather read others' good ideas and contemplate them to myself, or discuss them with my husband. I'm sure I don't have anything to actually contribute to the conversations. But maybe I do? Or maybe I should? Maybe I should make an effort to create conversation elsewhere, and perhaps it'll come back here, too?
- Link love. I'm a blog- and news-reading addict. There. I said it. I probably need addiction treatment for my problem. The evidence: My Google Reader has 210 total subscriptions. Now, some of those are inactive, but, you get the idea. I add the subscriptions all the time, but am not as conscientious about updating my Links page. I'll update the Links to reflect what blogs I read (and what other blogs link here!) to be a good blog-community citizen.
- Any other ideas? Anything I should post about to be more interesting? Anything I shouldn't post about so I'll stop boring you? What did my friends with higher Technorati Authority do to get there? What should I do?
All that said, I really appreciate Ashley, the Matts, and the other faithful readers that DO contribute to conversations. I love discussions, and thinking, and making other people think with me. Thanks so much for joining in. If there's anyone out there who ISN'T joining in, feel free to jump in wherever. I want your opinion, too.