Blog Buddies: How is it Working Out For You?

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Its been over a week since Scott over at Daily Post announced the blog buddy issue. I jumped in headlong and managed to garner a lot of friends. And since I am a bit of a number cruncher (blame the amateur researcher in me), I decided to see how it has been going for me. Thanks to the awesome statistics tool that wordpress.com gives us for free, I managed to look up several rather gratifying sets of data and came to the conclusion:

It is working out REAL well for me.

So, hereโ€™s a look at the daily page views graph. Its quite startling, really!

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Now, two things happened on January 9, which propelled my blog to a surprising level of popularity.

  1. I took the All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination
  2. I went out there on Daily Post, looking for blog buddies, and made a truck load of friends.

Now, as a result of the former, I started posting the examination questions which I could recall. In the immediate post-examination period, they were a HUGE hit since a lot of people were trying to look for questions from the examination in order to either assess how they had done and/or obtain some masochistic pleasure. I had realized that these posts would be drawing a lot of people (though I did not even dream that there would be that many people interested in reading them!) and so, in a sly but SEO-masterstroke, I decided to break them up in posts of 10 questions each. I ended up recalling 50 questions complete with the 4 options each, and about 70 more with one or two options. I decided to post the 50 questions in 5 installments of 10 questions each. The popularity of the 5 posts put together was unimaginable. ๐Ÿ™‚

Though the former gave me a lot of page views, they were not LOYAL viewers: they read the post, then vamoosed without even stopping by to say thanks! There were 3 exceptions and I must say I was struck by their politeness and courtesy. The latter, on  the other hand, became a veritable mine of feedback.

I have some 20 blog buddies: from different walks of life, from different educational, cultural and social backgrounds. I loved the fact that though their blogs were not very closely related to mine, they took time out to read my posts, comment on them and link back to them. I had actual, tangible readers for the first time. I had started blogging for about 6 weeks, and it was intoxicating to see people actually read, like or comment on my posts.

I am trying to give back to them too. In my own way. i would like to say this to my faithful blog buddies: Since I do a lot of the blog reading when I am on the move, via my email or RSS feeds, I may not be appreciating your work publicly. But know this: I love what you all are doing. Posting regularly, fighting the challenges of life, and all the while showing me, as a person, a lot of support and love. I promise you, I will review your blogs and (mercilessly?) analyze ALL your posts in a post solely dedicated to you. I know it is going to take some time, but I will do it. On a related note, I am going to review dePressed next. If you wannabe the one after that, drop in a comment.

In conclusion, I think the timely combination of contemporary posts with optimum โ€œexploitationโ€ of the concept of getting blog buddies has really worked well for my blog. How did it go for you? Let us all know! ๐Ÿ™‚

Skeptic Oslerphile, Scientist at the Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases. Interests include: Emerging Infections, Public Health, Antimicrobial Resistance, One Health and Zoonoses, Diarrheal Diseases, Medical Education, Medical History, Open Access, Healthcare Social Media and Health2.0. Opinions are my own!

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