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Needlepoint Land Matches Record

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Yesterday, Needlepoint Land equalled its own record for the top number of page views in a single day.  The blog site recorded well over a hundred page views.  Judging by the declining number of hits in the About section, it is likely that there is large percentage of repeat visitors.

To give our user base some idea as to the preferences of the site’s visitors, we studied the Stats provided by WordPress.  About 15 per cent of the traffic went to Dancing Pencils,a one-off embedded Youtube video that has nothing to do with needlepoint.

The rest was evenly divided between looking at galleries, and reading the relatively shorter posts.  Posts with provocative titles enjoyed more traffic.  Only 3 per cent of the traffic went to the prestige Features section.  The satirical posts did particularly well.

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The Zen of Needlepoint

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Where I live, needlepoint stitchers typically don’t blog.  That’s not just Florida;  I’m beginning to think the same can be said pretty much about everywhere.

But there is a niche population of stitchers out there who occasionally do so.

The question is, how to reach them.  I’d love to read their stuff out in the blogosphere.

It might be that the reason there are so few (see my blogroll, for some fine examples) is the absence of an audience (that is to say, traffic of motivational size).  Or that blogging is a lot of work, when you think about it, and that stitchers would rather be stitching in their spare time.

To my knowledge, WordPress does not release comparative numbers, only traffic flow in the aggregate (I could be wrong, but I have not seen averages broken by blog category).  So it is impossible to determine if traffic on WordPress.com needlepoint blogs are less or more than, say, news or cinema or art-related ones, although inferences can be made by studying viewer comments.

Now, I’m not talking about the ones who write so-called faux blogs, that is to say, blogs that are meant to drive some commercial activity, some of whose URLs are registered through proxy domain LLCs.

There are plenty of those.  (IMHO, there’s nothing wrong with press release or trunk show announcement or product update style blogs, per se, which make free use of WordPress, as a marketing tool, so long as the commercial intent is plain to the viewer.)

But the dearth of non-commercial, active needlepoint blogs is almost painful, given the overall size of the blogosphere.

Just search with the key words “needlepoint blog”, and you will see what I mean.  Not a single active blog, in the first page or two at least, of, say, Google, by anyone who is not trying to sell something.  The same situation seems to hold true when you look at that Read Blogs section in WordPress that I mentioned a few posts back, although in a less pronounced fashion.

So where is everybody?

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