Today the Typepad stats showed that my average daily page views has dropped below 100. This is a first since the very earliest days of this blog in 2004 (though pretty quickly it rose above that, back when a lot of google searches sent people to my blog due to my first post "A Former Republican Against Bush").
For over a year the average really has been less than 100, but the early days when there was quite a regular audience ("blogging was so 2004") or the days when I was coming out publicly in 2005 and hit over 1,000 readers a day, kept the daily average aloft. Occassionally in the last year I've hit over 200 views in a day, but only when I've linked to something from my Facebook. I get happy when I get 120 or 150.
Of course I've have chances to promote the blog and increase its readership. I could have listed the url in my Oklahoma Gazette by-line, as many other writers did. Or I could promote it to congregants, which I've never really done. Partly this was because after the early days of blogging and some mistakes I made, I've generally enjoyed it not having an incredibly wide readership and, instead, remaining a place where I can generally say what I want in a small circle of friends and regular readers. Of course Facebook seriously cut into blog readership.
I do get envious sometimes when I see the readership and continuing commenting and conversation (which used to happen here) on Greg Horton's blog, for instance. I think my writing should spur the kind of conversation that his does. Of course in 2004 there was a whole blog circle of us where the conversations spread over each other's posts -- then we became friends in real life.
In the late Aughts I occassionally toyed with closing this down, but handfuls of you encouraged me not to. Plus, I still have fun with it, and believe it has given me a place to refine my writing. I still think these things.
So, MyQuest continues now in its eighth year and will keep on as long as it remains fun.