This is the kind of thing that is a horror to a blogger who aspires to build some kind of following or audience. You work hard and beg, beg, beg people to link you and when you first start out many people oblige.
Based on this you imagine the growth will continue. It seems logical. You continue write quality content… the readers are there but what happens, or at least what happened to me, is I hit some kind of peak and then the people started taking the links down. (Saturn / Neptune, support eroding)
At first this was painful to witness. I asked people why they thought it was happening and the consensus seemed to be, I’d gotten too large. It’s as if people will help you get up but they won’t help you stay up?
I don’t know if this is right or not, I am just relaying my experience. I can tell you I hit a peak and then people started removing links.
When I started writing about the soldier, they REEEEEEEEEEEALLY started removing links. It was mind boggling in some ways, eye opening in others.
The fact people want to dissociate themselves from soldiers is obvious. Don’t want to be caught dead supporting anything or anyone military which gives me a crick in the neck because I am sure these same people don’t want to go out there and fight themselves. I sure as hell don’t! I think this is manifestation of the culture trying to stamp out / repress Mars but get this…
While my traffic is higher than it has ever been, the number of people who link here is down by 1/2 and well on it’s way to being down by 2/3! Tell me that isn’t shocking?
If you happen to be one of the few who still support me, I just want to thank you… and your balls. Because by God, they still read.
The way it’s going I am going to be the most popular blog no one links to on the entire internet. Too bad (for people like me) they don’t give out points for NOT pandering or I would be loaded for bear right now.
As it is, I risk extinction because if enough people remove links I will fall into google oblivion which would be quite a shame because the things the soldier and I are expert at become more important to know all the time.
But I think this is very interesting from a sociological standpoint and I can come up with several hypotheses.
For example, I doubt other astrology bloggers will have a different experience then I have over time, even if they pander all day long.
What do you make of this?