Making a popular blog, and why this one won’t be.

If you are taking the time to write a blog, odds are good that you’ve spent at least some amount of time thinking about traffic. Traffic is the life blood of a blog. Traffic keeps comments coming and builds a dialogue, it builds upon itself and leads to trends, and most of all it gives the writer a sense that what they are doing is meaningful and not just yelling into an empty gorge for no one whatsoever.

There are a lot of ways to build traffic, but I think the essential aspect is that it must be simple to articulate what the blog is about: Engadget is about gadgets, Kotaku is about games, Jezebel is about feminism and feminine interests. At this point you might bring up a celebrity blog like Wil Wheaton dot Net, pointing out that he talks about everything from beer to D&D, but I think this blog is specifically “about” the celebrity persona of Wil Wheaton.

I recently started a Tumblr over at all about Acoustics. I only updated for about a month, but in that month I started drumming up a decent following, and I got at least one post reblogged over 100 times! Post regularity and a laser-like focus on an unusual topic were all it took for me to stand out from the crowd. I plan to reinvigorate the blog soon, but that short test run really proved to me what I had thought for a while: clear topics bring traffic.

So, now that I’m finally coming back and updating this blog (mostly because I found a way to connect my personally hosted blog to’s infrastructure), why have I picked such an unfocused tagline with “The random thoughts of a guy who goes by Pi”? Simply put, it’s because I don’t care about traffic. If I wanted an audience, I’d probably focus on acoustics, game reviews, or something else where I felt I had something meaningful to say. Instead, I just want a place to organize my thoughts and share them with those few people who care about what I have to say, not because of the content, but because they are my ideas. If you are one of those people, I hope you keep reading!

So, how much do you care about traffic? Is getting popular your blog’s goal, or do you do it for some other reason? Do you run a blog so you can keep writing? Do you consider yourself a part of multiple blogging communities? Would you still keep the blog, even if you had 0 readers?

5 Months of Tucson

So, it’s official. I am Pennsylvania bound. Some time, in the next few months, I will bid farewell to Tucson, and be on my way to new things. That does not mean, however, that I will forsake the city of my birth! Despite what people may say, Tucson is a great city. It’s quirky, beautiful, and charming. While it may not be a cultural hub like LA, New York, or even Phoenix, it has a unique atmosphere that is equal parts hipster and hippie.

With that said, I will make the most of this town before I move. I will explore all the quirks of the town, take in all the beauty, and fall in love again with this city’s charm. And when the day comes that I move away, I will miss this city fiercely. Over the next five months I will document everything I do that is uniquely Tucson. In the end, I will know what it means to be a Tucsonan!

Here’s a quick list of things I want to do:

  • Los Betos
  • Nico’s Taco Shop
  • Desert Museum
  • Old Tucson
  • Cruise 4th Avenue
  • Party on 4th
  • Eegee’s
  • In-n-Out Burger (Not Specifically Tucson, but regional)
  • Spend a weekend living out of the Tucson Weekly
  • Cafe Poca Cosa
  • Watch movies at the Loft
  • Hike Sabino Canyon, Tanque Verde Falls, Picacho peak, Bridal Falls
  • Geocaching
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