Reversing a trend

Over the past couple of months, I’ve been noticing a trend in visits which was disturbing – the numbers slowly dwindling. I think I have isolated the cause, that being not showing the full body of every post on the home page. I have reversed it, so once again the whole page is slower to load, but hopefully it will encourage an ever-increasing number of readers!

I will continue to monitor the situation closely, but if any readers have any useful comments about how the site looks and feels they would be most welcome.

4 Responses

  1. Stu,

    Just want to say how I enjoy your blogs & ‘casts. I’ve been teaching myself woodwork for about a year now and find site’s such as yours a valuable tool, as well as entertaining. I used to be a TV watching couch potato and find myself more and more ‘tuning’ into your site as well as the others, Wood Whisperer & Matt’s B W for example. I look forward to seeing the latest update on your shed etc…

    Please, keep it up!

    Mark

  2. Does your measurement include RSS feeds? I know that I usually read via the feed, and come through to the site when I want to go deeper or respond. It could be that more people are doing the same.

  3. Hey Stu,

    A few weeks ago on your site the full posts started appearing via the RSS feed. If others are like me, they will be reading your posts in their feed readers rather than clicking through to your site. That might explain some lower numbers.

    But don’t change it, I like it that way 😉
    Cheers,
    JK.

  4. Yeah – I finally figured out what I needed to do to improve the RSS feed appearance. I ‘think’ the RSS feeds are counted, but I’m not so sure.

    Irrespective, I also prefer them to look that way, and getting hits in themselves was never the intention of the site, so they will stay as full posts even if it does cost some hit counts. In the end, a visitor is still a visitor whether they get ‘counted’ or not!

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