Atrios on blog traffic
Feeling bad because your blog doesn't get the kind of traffic you'd like? Atrios puts things in perspective:
One thing I find interesting is how people regularly claim it's difficult to draw traffic to a new blog. There's some truth to that, I suppose, but only in relative terms. Two years ago ago this "top liberal blog" had...how much traffic? On September 11, 2001 (a record traffic day) Instapundit had... how much traffic? Feel free to guess.Atrios doesn't say, but a look at Instapundit's archives shows that on 9/11, Instapundit had a grand total of 4200 visitors (and was positively ebullient about it - "I can't believe that many people are interested in what I have to say"). Now, that's about the number of hits you can expect just from a single 'Instalanche'.
My point is just that even many "minor blogs" have fairly sizeable traffic compared to what most had just a couple of years ago.
I remember being thrilled when 1000 per day read the site. When 20000 did I assumed I'd peaked, and was thrilled that I had the wee chance to influence that many people.
So even if you only get a handful of visitors a day - were that many people listening to what you had to say before you started a blog?