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January 11th, 2013 · 10 Comments

Dear reader,

I have a request.

As I have alluded to in the last couple of posts, I am considering closing the site.  Why?  Well, I dont actually know if anyone reads it anymore.  I don’t advertise the site anywhere so knowing if the readership is increasing is hard to tell.  As with most sites, people dont put comments down because…well..why should they?  So knowing if people actually enjoy what is written is hard to tell. 

On the 24th January, I either pay for the renewal, or I press the Cancel Subscription button on the hosting providers website.  The site either stays or goes.

I have placed a poll below.  I dont know if it will work if you receive these posts via mail or via RSS feed….so my apologies if nothing comes up.  If it doesnt and you do want to vote, you will unfortunately have to click through to the site and do it from the original post.  It wont ask for your email address, name, credit card number.  But if you want to send me a photo of your pet, that is fine. 

Here is the poll:  (alternatively, just email me at sy@wheelturninghamsterdead.com and dish me some abuse)

POLL OVER.  RESULTS IN.  I AM HUNGRY.

The poll is above this.  Thats how you know if you got it.  Clever huh?  No I know.

Feel free to ignore the request to click a little box in the poll, it is really so I can work out if it is worth my time putting fingers to keyboard and making the magic that is the pointless posts that appear on this site to keep you away from real hard hitting journalism about cats stuck in trees.

Thanks,

Sy.

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10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mungo the greatNo Gravatar // Jan 11, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    you can check your reading stats by looking at feedburner

  • 2 SyNo Gravatar // Jan 11, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    That’s where it gets very confusing…mungo. (I am gonna call you that from now on) because the reach vs click vs everything else makes zero sense.

  • 3 Flying Saucer JonesNo Gravatar // Jan 11, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    Getting rid of the site??? That’s just crazy talk. Site stays. Saucer has spoken.

  • 4 G.B. MillerNo Gravatar // Jan 13, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Not sure if you’re being serious, but for the sake of this post, we will assume that you are.

    (sorry, just dropped into goverment worker speak)

    While I do enjoy reading your blog when a post comes up, it seems that you’ve completely migrated your lovable and incredibly funny self over to Facebook.

    I would hate to see your blog go, but you have to do what’s best for you.

  • 5 Mrs TNo Gravatar // Jan 16, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I agree with Saucer. Site says. Enough said. Well maybe a bit more…

    None of the stats ever tally. I have feedburner, blogger stats, stat counter and a live widget – all completely different. Write cos you enjoy it – and you do cos no one could write this kind of stuff and not enjoy themselves unless they were completely deranged. I have faith in you that under your bunny shagging exterior you are (almost)normal!!!

  • 6 SyNo Gravatar // Jan 16, 2013 at 8:28 am

    The post was an experiment of sorts. I see the feed reach climb considerably in the 48 hours after I put up a post. 58 people take the feed via email. Another 180+ take it via other methods such as RSS. But it was a case of trying to understand how many actually read it. I dont trust the results that Feedburner gives out, and so I thought I would put up a poll to see. The quantity of click throughs vs amount of people who “read” it according to Feedburner is wildly different.

    It is worth noting that I still havent paid the bill for the site. I havent quite decided if to keep it going or put it in administration and get a third party in to break it down.

  • 7 Mrs TNo Gravatar // Jan 16, 2013 at 8:35 am

    How does that “breakdown” work – I’m not technical as you know:) Can’t you just migrate to a free site like Blogger – you could then just keep in admin/privacy mode for free if you wanted.

  • 8 SyNo Gravatar // Jan 16, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Well the administration comment was a reference to HMV, Jessops etc…in the “I have had enough…call in the administrators!” way. But…well…ya missed the point. ;o)

    I have a complete backup of the site. I get an email with each post on when I post it so when the site does finally go, all the pointless bollocks will still exist!

  • 9 Mrs TNo Gravatar // Jan 16, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Yeah, I did miss I. Mind you, it was a bit subtle for you!

    Pointless bollocks is good. There’s not enough of it!

  • 10 SyNo Gravatar // Jan 16, 2013 at 8:58 am

    What are you saying? I forgot my sledgehammer?

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