Sunday, August 02, 2009

What Gets Attention and What Doesn't

Like most bloggers, I run an an analytics program to track hits, search terms, and other information about who reads this blog and what they read. I used SiteMeter for the first few years, and switched last year, with some pain, to Google Analytics.
I write about a wide range of topics, from politics to dull orchestral repertory to current opera productions to the joys of Elliott Carter. (I mean that, too.) I've been rather shocked to find that even now, two years after his passing, the top search term resulting in hits to the blog is "Jerry Hadley."

You could say I'm not exactly happy about this. I didn't say anything particularly original about the tenor: I commented on the several times I'd seen him live (one hit, one miss, one pass owing to illness), the ups and downs of his career, and on the sad manner of his death. I have to guess that it speaks to something about either the size of Hadley's fan base or to prurient interest in how he died.

If you're a regular reader of this blog, thank you; I appreciate your taking the time to read and comment. If you happen to be reading this posting because of a search on Hadley: I hope you'll consider taking a look at the rest of what I write about.


Michael Walsh said...

Of course, I read the whole thing and comment when I have something to add (which is, of course, informative and on point!). But, there isn't a perfect correlation between what informs us and what generates comments or searches.

Lisa Hirsch said...

No, alas.

Tim said...

Blog reading patterns are weird, and I find them rather unpredictable. It's frustating, too, because sometimes I'll write something that I consider to be pretty good ... and nothing. It's like it's just gone off into the ether. You hear crickets chirping. Then I'll put up something stupid, maybe even a picture I didn't take, and I get a gazillion hits.

Generally, though, I think the basic tenor and intelligence of a blog keeps readers coming back faithfully, not one blog item or another. And that's why I keep coming back to read you!

Lisa Hirsch said...

Heh, thank you, Tim.

Yes, you are right about blog reading patterns and, I am sure, about what keeps people reading.