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I am a Software Analyst Developer working in Southport, England but living in Liverpool. I develop mainly in C# and ASP.Net. I have been developing comercial software for several years now. I maintain this site (hosted at SwitchMedia UK) as a way of exploring new technologies (such as AJAX) and just generally talking about techie geek issues. This site is developed through a host of Perl scripts and a liberal use of Javascript. I enjoy experimenting with new technologies and anything that I make I host here.

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Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Question to BlogExplosion Users

This is a quick question to any of the visitors from BlogExlosion.

If you came across this site from anywhere other than Blog Explosion would you keep visiting? If not, why not?

I am just trying to work out if the extra traffic it generates is from people who are interested in the topics I talk about. Or if it the content is not read.

If you feel like answering drop me an email (paul.kinlan@gmail.com) I would be grateful.

Thanks

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Just thought I would comment as to your post about keeping people coming back. I think alot of the problem of maintaining peoples interest is using the basic blogger templates. I find the templates really boring and unless the blog is really funny or well written then I don't usually return.
I like to see templates that look like they have a little imagination put into them, they don't have to be amazing but they help tell you something about the person behind the blog.
Hope that helps

By Anonymous, at Tuesday, August 09, 2005 12:12:00 PM

Thanks for that comment. I have been thinking the same thing about the styles, currently I am thinking that I might make the blog style "a bit more personal". Currently it is a stock template from blogger.

I don't want to make it too snazzy, but nor do I want to have it bland.

I want to get more content visible, but not overburden the user with text.

I will keep pluggin on! :)

Thanks for the Response

By Paul Kinlan, at Tuesday, August 09, 2005 12:18:00 PM

Unfortunatly, I have so many "favorites" that it's hard to visit them on a regular basis. Instead, I rely on blog explosion to direct me back to them. As a result, I wouldn't see them ever again if they stopped using BE...

like anon said, a personal template is an attention-getter. There are several sites that offer free templates that you can tweak.

By Storm, at Tuesday, August 09, 2005 11:17:00 PM

The thing I dislike most about BlogExplosion is that I can't add sights of interest to my "favorites"; I can only access the sites via BlogExplosion. As you would know, the blogger's URL is not shown, only the BlogExplosion URL for that member. A Google search never helps either, as I have tried that, and most blogs are not captured by the Google tools.
So, my thought would be that you should consider other avenues as well, if you would like a wider or regular community of readers.

Personally, I don't object to the templates, and use one myself, because I don't have the skills (yet) or the time to do some of the great stuff that other people do. Hey, I only figured out the other day how to add an avatar picture to my profile - took me a while too!!

FWIW.
Regards

By Caz, at Wednesday, August 10, 2005 10:39:00 AM

The thing I dislike most about BlogExplosion is that I can't add sights of interest to my "favorites"; I can only access the sites via BlogExplosion. As you would know, the blogger's URL is not shown, only the BlogExplosion URL for that member. A Google search never helps either, as I have tried that, and most blogs are not captured by the Google tools.
So, my thought would be that you should consider other avenues as well, if you would like a wider or regular community of readers.

Personally, I don't object to the templates, and use one myself, because I don't have the skills (yet) or the time to do some of the great stuff that other people do. Hey, I only figured out the other day how to add an avatar picture to my profile - took me a while too!!

FWIW.
Regards

By Caz, at Wednesday, August 10, 2005 10:39:00 AM

Storm, Caz, Thanks for the comments.

I have seen a massive increase in the number of people who access my Weblog. Both through the use of targeted interest (i.e technorati) each blog entry has a category that I know people are interested in. And because this gets listed on technorati, this passes a lot of people back to my site. It only really works however if you keep your blog up to date. So I try to get some post on there regularly.

As for other means, I am still thinking about how its best to do. I really want people who find what I talk about interesting to become regular readers if that makes sense. I like what I talk about, I hope others do too.

Thanks for you feedback, I really do appreciate that.

On a side note, you can right-click on the page and add it to the favorites and thus by-passing blog explosion in the future if you are that way inclind.

By Paul Kinlan, at Wednesday, August 10, 2005 11:57:00 AM