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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Who Reads Me?

I'm pretty sure I read (but of course can't find it now) on Jack's blog that an informal survey of posts revealed that the posts that get the most comments are those written about blogging. My last post about blogging got quite a few, so here's another.

One of the things I said in my post was that one of the reasons I sometimes feel weird about blogging is because I both know and don't know who reads.

I will admit that one of my guilty pleasures is checking my stat counter. Not necessarily to see how many hits I have (and I honestly can't tell you how many I average per day, like some bloggers can), but to see who is reading. For those who have e-mailed me or who comment regularly, I can look at their hits and know who they are.

But there are also numerous hits from those who I have NO idea who they are. Some of these are from random Internet searches that lead people to my blog. Mainly searches for Jewish terms, but also some for the song lyrics I post or the books that I write about. Those I don't wonder about so much, because they are mostly one-time visitors that go back to Google.

But I get other anonymous hits as well, some on a very regular basis. Some from NY, some from Baltimore, some from New Jersey. For these, I often wonder whether I know the people in "real life" and if that's why they read (and wonder why they don't comment and share their input). Others come from all over the world - Chile, Africa, the Netherlands, Japan, Norway. I wonder about these folks who are out there reading my blog from other parts of the world, but never speaking up to share their input on my posts, why they come, if they can relate to what I'm saying.

And I wonder about all these anonymous readers who never comment, never e-mail - why? Why do they keep coming back if they don't have anything to say? Are they shy? Do they just like reading? Do they have blogs of their own? Do they completely disagree with every word I write, but are just too polite to say so?

Anyway, this is my call out to those readers who don't comment or e-mail - I'd love to hear from you. Just a quick hello. If you don't want to comment publicly, send me an e-mail. You can find it on my sidebar under "Links" or in my profile.


  • Hi there...I'm a Central PA fan who enjoys your blogs and reads both of them during my break at work. Those 15 minutes in the morning and afternoon give me just enough time to peruse the rest of my favorite bloggers. Please don't take offense if people don't respond...they may just not have the time or inclination. I think you write well and from the heart and that's what makes you a favorite. Kol Hakovod, Shoshana...keep sharing your thoughts and experiences with us.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/14/06, 10:12 AM  

  • I understand. I am always curious about who takes time to read my blog. I am always rather surprised that people find it that interesting.

    By Blogger Jack's Shack, at 9/14/06, 10:50 AM  

  • See, now, you lured me in with a post about blogging. :)

    It wouldn't surprise me if you get lots of anon readers who don't commment since you write very well and present well-formed thoughts that can stand alone without clarification or criticism.

    By Blogger Lab Rab, at 9/14/06, 12:00 PM  

  • I read and enjoy your blog regularly, but have cut down on comments due to time constraints. I actually feel funny about reading and not commenting (it feels very voyeuristic!), so may have to start up again on all the blogs I read. If I am lucky, there will still be time enough for eating and sleeping...

    By Blogger MC Aryeh, at 9/14/06, 1:51 PM  

  • Anon -
    Thanks for taking the time today! It's not that I'm offended by people who don't leave comments (I'm assuming if they don't leave them, they at least aren't in complete disagreement with me - I feel like then they would speak up!), it's more just a curiosity of who is taking the time to read.

    Jack -
    You have many interesting, and amusing posts.

    LabRab -
    Glad I managed to lure you out somehow. Thank you very much for your kind words, I'm quite flattered.

    MCAryeh -
    Who needs food and sleep??? Glad to know you enjoy, even if you don't comment.

    By Blogger Shoshana, at 9/14/06, 2:35 PM  

  • You know abt me already :)

    By Anonymous aishel, at 9/14/06, 3:29 PM  

  • ::jumping up and down:: look at me! I read too:)

    By Blogger Jewish Blogmeister, at 9/14/06, 3:56 PM  

  • By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/14/06, 5:33 PM  

  • Most of the time I don't feel I have anything to contribute beyond "I agree (with you or one of your commentators)," so I don't say anything. I always read and enjoy, however. :)

    We don't know each other, although you once dated a friend of mine a couple of years back. He claims you blogged about it, but I was never able to locate the post.

    Oh... and an isp's location doesn't always correctly pinpoint the location of the user. The ISP where I work is located in a completely different state.

    By Blogger Ahuva, at 9/14/06, 6:39 PM  

  • don't forget the hits from miami.

    By Blogger Maven, at 9/14/06, 9:16 PM  

  • And I also read your blog on a regular basis, though I don't always comment. Sometimes, I don't feel like my thoughts are formulated well enough to put out there, and sometimes I just don't have the time to comment. (I'm pretty busy in law school). But I enjoy reading your posts and look forward to more!

    By Blogger Irina Tsukerman, at 9/14/06, 9:40 PM  

  • you know about me already i'm sure! the hits from australia ;)

    i also wonder the same thing about my blog and often check the stats. obviously not everyone is going to have something to comment about and some non-bloggers may not realise they actually can have their say!

    I read a lot of blogs and I don't always have time to comment (or not sure what to say) but I do try to if I like the post or it's interesting, even just leaving a short word or two just so that the blog-owner knows their work is appreciated (and that I am not a lurker!)

    By Blogger ~ Sarah ~, at 9/14/06, 10:21 PM  

  • Aishel -
    I'm looking forward to seeing you and your family soon!

    JB -
    I see you! Thanks!

    Ahuva -
    Glad you enjoy. You have a good point about ISPs not necessarily revealing exact location. But can they point to the wrong country? And you won't find those posts, I took them down and promised that I wouldn't write any more about my dates - it just doesn't work.

    Maven -
    Can I come visit you at the beach?

    Irina -
    We should get together at school sometime! Hope law school is going well.

    Sarah -
    I always enjoy seeing your adorable icon, it's cool getting comments from Down Under - thanks! And I understand what you are saying, I certainly don't always have anything to say or the time to comment on every post I read either.

    By Blogger Shoshana, at 9/14/06, 11:07 PM  

  • Don't know how many of us there are out there... but some of us Baltimorons know our way around the Baltimore frum blogosphere... Just go from referral to referral every so often not knowing who many of the people are but marvelling at their insights on familiar and local happenings/shuls/schools/issues. Personally, I know who about 5 of the baltimore crew (and their extended network of frum blogging friends... mostly in NY) are, and that's all. Still interesting to read.... and figure that I'll figure out who it is if I want to baly enough. Otherwise its entertaining coming from someone I don't know.

    By Anonymous Al, at 9/15/06, 12:54 AM  

  • that was a kind invitation for those-who-read to comment but still cannot understand why there are few who does...maybe more private on your email...

    well i could spot myself in this post...

    let me share my way to blogs... i am christian and since i believe Jesus was jew and that i wanted to know how is the life of a jew, i looked for blogs written by jews...infact in my country, i dont know if there are jews...never heard if there is a shul here... so through blogs and all the links that exist therein, i came to know a few of you...
    (btw greetings to shifra, the muqata, ezzie, exsemgirl, pobody's nerfect and the rest - seem i got the opportunity to know u all...:)

    life at my place is very different and there are many things i don't understand.Maybe this is the reason i think others like me can't share much comments but only read...however it is interesting to know how things are...the way of life, daily life, thoughts, studies and all these stuffs.

    well just to say what u share is much appreciated. keep it up! :)

    By Anonymous h2oil, at 9/15/06, 4:02 AM  

  • Al -
    Any Baltimoron is welcome here!

    h2oil -
    What an interesting story! Hope you are learning a lot!

    By Blogger Shoshana, at 9/15/06, 8:43 AM  

  • Usually the ISP is in the same country, but it depends on how the WAN is set up. I know one Israeli blogger whose location displays as US when she's logged in from her office.

    By Blogger Ahuva, at 9/15/06, 9:45 AM  

  • Ok, I'm one of them!

    By Anonymous Elise, at 9/15/06, 12:18 PM  

  • Ahuva,

    I know similar stories. There are people who I know are reading me from Texas but their IPs register as being in California.

    By Blogger Jack's Shack, at 9/15/06, 12:21 PM  

  • Sorry I didn't comment earlier, but I am a regular reader and commenter. Still a Baltimoron at heart, although my ISP is now in NY :)

    By Anonymous Sara K, at 9/15/06, 1:42 PM  

  • Ahuva -
    Thanks for the info.

    Elise - Welcome!

    Jack -
    Maybe they just want you to think that they are stalking you.

    Sara -
    I had a feeling you were reading ;)

    By Blogger Shoshana, at 9/15/06, 2:40 PM  

  • Shoshana, great idea. Let me know when it's convenient for you! : )

    By Blogger Irina Tsukerman, at 9/15/06, 7:26 PM  

  • hi Shoshana,
    - from the busy med student u know in balto.....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/17/06, 3:52 AM  

  • Well, seems like people you know are reading are commenting, too, so... Hi! I'm Ezzie, and I read this blog. :) (Oh, yeah, and the other one.)

    By Blogger Ezzie, at 9/17/06, 3:55 AM  

  • i'm not good with stat counter so i don't quote get the visit stats - and i have a feeling some people are plased that i'm not doing any detective work about how often they're visiting.

    a while back jack had a post about blog names that got (at the time) his record amount of comments. At that time I commented that when people are asked questions about their own bloggng habits, that gets the most comments. I may have written it on my blog too - as that seems to be the case.

    i comment every now and then, do visit sometimes without commenting. i think you know and trust me on that.

    By Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann, at 9/17/06, 2:27 PM  

  • Anon -
    Glad you found a few moments to come up for air - this blog is a better place with visitors from Baltimore (no offense to anyone else).

    Ezzie -
    I had no idea you read ;)

    Rabbi Fleischmann -
    I trust ya.

    By Blogger Shoshana, at 9/17/06, 4:23 PM  

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