Weekly Round-Up

11Nov13

spanking spanking spanking spanking spanking spankingspankingWe are almost halfway through November already and Christmas is looming fast. Where does it all go? Any minute now, well in a few days anyway, this blog will have seen its eight millionth visit. Even though traffic has been largely flat this year it has begun to pick up again. But whatever way you slice it, it is still an astonishing number for an amateur blog.

I have no idea really who comes or how many individuals that represents. Maybe it has been three or four million people coming only once! But seriously, I can say that each visitor stays an average of 30 minutes and looks at three posts each time. By looking at the cycle rates and expiry terms on browser caches, I can guesstimate that there are approximately 20-30,000 unique visitors a week and presumably a good portion of these are regulars in the round.

To put that into context, this blog is a parish magazine comparable to an international trade magazine or a small town readership. I like to think of it as the latter: Spankville, where we all live.

As I said this year growth has dipped and barely matched last year and I did wonder if this blog had peaked and everyone who was interested was already coming. This was not altogether an unpleasant thought. Using the town analogy, Spankville had matured and had survived to be a safe place to visit and live. Then lately the visits began to kick up a notch and although it is too early to say this is a new growth spurt I could not help but look for reasons.

Maybe, I thought, my stories had become too wordy and highbrow. Maybe there have been too few real life features; looking back my early days had many more. Whilst this may be true, further analysis showed that the last great growth spurt coincided with the launch of Crimson and Black, the companion blog that was launched last year and closed at the beginning of this, when growth flattened out. So in a sense A Voice in the Corner took a hit in this year’s clamp down on spanking erotica which closed so many blogs.

But that is enough about here. This week is about you. Tomorrow is Love Our Lurkers Day and you are encouraged to comment on this post and the one tomorrow to say hi.

Love Our Lurkers is an event begun and promoted by Bonnie at My Bottom Smarts, so be sure to stop by and say hi there too.

The round-up is picture heavy this week, but if you ever wondered about search terms and the road to Spankville, then Kia over at Acknowledging Imperfection has a post on Google.

Pictures this week are from: 1001, with corner time in the lift, Able’s picture blog, the group photo of bare bottoms is from Brian’s Oh My They’re Naked, the vintage college principal snap from Richard Windsor, a Girl’s Boarding School image via Spanked and Beloved, an OTK from About Spanking and a graphic found on Plector.



21 Responses to “Weekly Round-Up”

  1. 1 arched one

    People come and go, and some come back again. Spankville is a wonderful place to visit and talk with the locals.
    archedone

  2. 3 paul1510

    Damian,
    I’m probably one of the older inhabitants of Spankville, I’ll speak to anyone who will listen. 😛
    But then I’m a regular. 😉
    Paul.

  3. 5 Singing Heart Mama

    Hi there,
    I have been a lurker for a long time, I signed up to be a follower via email (a different one than listed above) & I look forward to your posts every day! Yours was the first blog that I found & began to read over a year ago when my husband & I decided to begin TTWD/DD-and I branched out from your blog roll…yours is the only site that is still a daily read for me that has mainly fiction on it, the other blogs I read are more DD focused but I just love your stories! You are a great writer! Sorry I never commented before I was really nervous to do so at first & although I have since commented on some of the other blogs I read, they are all female writers & I was still a bit intimidated about commenting on a male written blog. I am sure that sounds a bit silly, but thank you for your site & daily posts.
    SHM ; )

    • 6 DJ

      Not silly at all – I know of what you speak when it comes to some male blogs – I am glad that my work doesn’t put you and other women off. 🙂

      I am not on any mission to convert or preach to anyone – but I would hate to put anyone off either and if occasionally one glimpses a hint of ‘hey it is like that for me too’ then all to the good. 😉

  4. 7 Scarlet

    You are a natural storyteller, the first and best requirement in writing things that people love to read. Added to that, you never cease to impress me with your amazing self-discipline. You write and you post regularly, and you’re prompt with comments and observations. Those things alone just blow me away, and then add in the fact that you’re smart and interesting and thoughtful. Not trying to flatter you to death, but that just may help explain your 20 to 30 thousand visitors a week! I am here, as always. Congratulations on your milestone. XO

    • 8 DJ

      Thanks Scarlet (love the cute Doris pic 😉 )

      Your cheque (or check as you colonials have it) is in the post 🙂

  5. 9 Terijane

    Hi!
    I have lurked here for years and it is the first place I check every morning, for your long, lovely stories, more than any of the other lovely things you put here. Never too long, never too wordy…more, please? TeriJane

  6. It’s a great blog, Damien. Informative, content rich, and regularly updated. That’s what it takes. Something you said about your stories, though struck me–the “high brow” comment. Storytelling in this genre requires a delicate balance between trying to be “literary” and giving readers the action. Sometimes we tend to swing to one side or the other. But I wouldn’t worry too much about it. You’re one of the top tier writers. Keep doing what you are doing.

    • 11 DJ

      Thanks Rollin coming from a fellow writer is praise indeed.

      Unfortunately Scarlet got the cheque this time 😉

  7. Congratulations on yet another impressive milestone! Can’t say I’m surprised though. Your stories and anecdotes appeal to both the heart and mind, while the dominant but kind persona you project lends the site a welcoming feel that keeps me (and many others) coming back.

    • 13 DJ

      Thanks, but I haven’t got there yet – but it would be outright pessimistic not to say confidentially that by Thursday we will hit that milestone.

      ‘kind persona’ now that’s a new one 😉 Well it was either that or beer tokens. 🙂

  8. 14 Dascha

    Hi,
    I visit the blog at least a few times a day. I love the fiction and the comments. I am a very regular reader and the stories are fabulous .

    • 15 DJ

      A few times a day ! Wow.

      Actually one of the gratifying things about this blog is the amount of traffic for back stories and old posts going back four years.

      Angela (the first thing I wrote) is a regular top 10.

      Thanks 🙂

  9. 16 Alliegirl40

    I visit your blog regularly and really enjoy your stories. Thanks!!

  10. 18 Jimisim

    My congratulations on your excellent and many thanks for doing it. as an author who has been suffering from writers block for many months I just don’t know how you do it. I particularly enjoy your possibly true stories, eg WRNS caning and similar.

  11. 20 js666

    Is it just my imagination, or … in that pic of the girls lined up at the fence, does the one fourth from the left look like she’s got some cane-welts?


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