The Honeymoon Is Over!
The number of subscribers I have on my bloglines aggregator is one of the few statistical measurements relating to this blog of which I am aware. While I have no idea of its significance nor any delusions of grandeur, it has been gratifying to note it tick up over the short life of my ramblings. Not even into treble figures, of course, but an indicator that someone is listening, nodding, shrugging or cursing!
Until today! A subscriber has abandoned me! Is this the beginning of the slippery slope? Am I really the imposter I always feared? Do I have to start offering free gifts?
Of course not. I did not meet his or her needs, that's all. Maybe they changed their RSS feed? How can I know? Losing a customer is no cause for celebration, nor is it the end of the world. Just a good reminder that one is here on suffrance and must strive daily to provide a stimulating product that is worthy of other people's time. The numbers game can quickly turn into a ranking ego trip, but it's much better to remember that it's not about you, it's about them.