I don't slice-and-dice the traffic here at The Brew Lounge like I used to. Once upon the first several years, I'd keep logs to make "management reports" for myself and cut the data every which way to better understand who was visiting, how, when, and what links they would click inside my articles/postings.
And, truth be acknowledged, the comments used to be more common than they are these days. The visitors/readers still come; the chattiness just isn't the same.
Or is it?
A peek into the spam folder that traps comments never meant for public consumption and I discover a treasure trove of compliments, suggestions, and other favorable type of comments.
Here, to rectify my previous neglect of these gracious comments, I'll attempt to reach into the mail bag and reply to the best of my understanding of the comments.
"Pretty section of content"
A: Thanks. I bet you're pretty as well.
"I wanted to get advice from someone with experience."
A: You'll have to be more specific, because my experience is long and distinguished.
"Thanks for the sensible critique"
A: I'll take pretty. Experience, sure. But, sensible? I wouldn't go that far.
"Valuable information. Lucky me I found your web site by accident, and I am shocked why this accident did not happened earlier! I bookmarked it."
A: Shocked? Accident? I'm definitely happy to contribute valuable information by, yikes, don't let me be the cause of a shocking accident.
"Thank you for the good writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it. Look advanced to more added agreeable from you! However, how could we communicate"
A: I'm not really sure if we could effectively communicate based upon your opening volley.
"I've been surfing on-line more than three hours today, but I never found any interesting article like yours. Itís pretty value enough for me. In my view, if all web owners and bloggers made excellent content material as you did, the internet will likely be a lot more helpful than ever before."
A: Dat internet jacket is a large one to wear, but if everyone made excellent content like me, I'm sure we'd fill out the jacket quite well…probably not, but I'll try. Oh, and three hours?.......dude.
"An interesting dialogue is worth comment. I believe that it's best to write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo topic however generally persons are not enough to talk on such topics. To the next. Cheers"
A: I'll leave the taboo topics to others.
"magnificent points altogether, you simply gained a brand new reader. What would you recommend in regards to your post that you made some days ago? Any positive?"
A: Can I ask if you have any other brand new shiny readers to refer as well? Traffic's down a bit 'round these parts.
"I do not even understand how I stopped up right here, however I thought this post was great. I don't recognize who you might be but definitely you are going to a well-known blogger in the event you are not already ;) Cheers!"
A: You and me both. I'm pretty stopped up too. Oh, and by the way, I'm am truly a well-known booger.
"Hello just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your content seem to be running off the screen in Firefox. I'm not sure if this is a format issue or something to do with web browser compatibility but I thought I'd post to let you know. The style and design look great though!"
A: Call the Help Desk twice and don't call me in the morning.
"Hard work always pays off. Gorgeous looking blog and please do keep up this good work"
A: I'm still waiting for the pay off. The last 7.5 years must not have been hard-working enough.
Love the comments; keep 'em coming.