Here are some of my own statistics for this year, with apologies for formatting issues:
Month Number of Postings Number of Visits Number of Page Views
July 24 2900 3800
June 27 3600 4500
May 17 3800 4800
April 20 3700 4700
March 32 5400 7500
February 26 4400 5800
January 34 3900 5200
Now, what might account for some of the ups and downs? In my case, there were a few things going on in the first three months of the year:
- Season announcements, which I track and comment on.
- San Francisco Symphony strike, which I didn't cover as closely as I should have (a planned summary posting was pre-empted when the strike was settled, for example).
- The death of SFS principal oboist William Bennett.
I'd like to see statistics for a number of blogs over a several-year period showing a fall of musical bloggery. The stats for one or two blogs over less than half a year don't show a pattern. I can definitely say that my readership has increased over the last few years. I obviously can't speak for anyone else.
What I can say is that the 50 or so music blogs I read are alive and well, and with the Proms on right now, there's almost more than I can keep up with. Anyone who thinks there's a gradual fall of music blogging might just consider a change of reading material.
UPDATE: I originally labeled the third column Number of Visitors. It is now corrected to Number of Visits. They're not the same thing.