By any standard of the Internet, my blog is tiny, but I don't mind, cause for me it's just my voice in this "tribe" of these 300 like-minded people, typically Java-enthusiasts with a sense of agile in them. Many of them are old friends and colleagues, and some are new people that I sometimes meet at user-groups and conferences. The blog is part of my dialog with them, just like with my twitter account (number of followers is also right under 300).
Recently, I devoted quite a few evenings putting together my first ever screencasts, on the topic of Git/Subversion. After blogging it, tweeting it, and talking about it at a conference, there were still only about 150 views on YouTube, all seven videos together. This was a bit.. disappointing, because I thought this would really be useful to the world of software developers, not just in my "tribe". I mean, there are a lot of Git lovers out there stuck with Subversion (about every fifth Git-user uses git-svn)!
So I went ahead and blogflogged, and DZoned my own article.
The result? Boom:
From an average 10 hits a day (meaning for that page, not the blog in general), up to 400.
It feels a bit.. rotten. First of all, it feels a bit like cheating. Secondly, it's a bit sad that you have to pull pagerank like this to get out there. I'm not saying Google is broken, but it's very unfriendly to fresh, might-be useful content. I mean, my Spring post is so outdated now, I would remove it from the Google search result if I could, and replace it with something newer.
Are these the right people visiting? The avg. time on site seems above the usual, so I guess they thought it was interesting.
Should I DZone every post I make here and automatically become 100 times more Internet famous? In the end, I guess it comes down to what the purpose of this blog is (as described earlier). So I think no in general. But if I write an article or something important, and I feel "the world needs this!", I might do it again.