Perhaps I am posting too often under the COVID-19 lockdown? Or maybe I am simply not as “interesting” as I was? Or maybe blogs that require a few minutes actually to read – compared to flicking through, say, Instagram – are indeed becoming increasingly old-fashioned?
I experienced an encouraging gradual growth in visitor numbers from my beginnings here in late 2013 through 2016, but I seem to have now lost all of that. I have about half of the daily visitors of six months ago (pre-pandemic), and about only one-third compared to mid-2019. I don’t know why I have fallen off a cliff, but I am not talking about just one or two poorly performing posts.
If it is not precisely winter, it seems possibly to be my autumn here. Perhaps six and a half years is simply too long in one blog place and I have worn out my welcome? In a time in which money is tight, falling book sales is no real shocker; but rather than increasing visits and more engagement with my posts on what here is a free blog, I am seeing less and less of both of those as well.
I cannot argue with the blunt numbers staring me in the face. It is no longer a good use of my time to compose often complicated posts that fewer and fewer visitors see. I was not going to say anything and just cease posting for a while, but I decided you have a right to know why the posts have stopped: If you are still one of my regular visitors, please make sure you have your notifications/emails turned on and you will be notified of anything new here, of course.
I do thank you as always for your interest, follows, and definitely your purchases. Let’s just call this an “August break.” Hopefully matters will look better in a few weeks for all of us in terms of EVERYTHING and I will be back here as before.
All the best,