|Centerpointe's iconic pine tree with a hint of tract home treasury in silhouette.|
Now, of course, by internet standards, 20,000 viewers is not very much. But I've intentionally tried to keep the number suppressed because it's my intention to remain noncommercial and because I would hope not to attract the attention of Blogger, which might try to layer in a commercial element if my numbers suggested that traffic is high enough to support their advertising.
|I don't intend to sell ads, but because I'm using a free platform, I don't necessarily have control over what end users see on their screens. Cartoon from this site.|
The answer is that blogs are inherently non-local phenomena. I publish information that is intended to be of use to people here in our area, but the same information is also being sought by other Americans in other subdivisions all across the country. Rodents, fence stain, paint colors, snakes, landscaping challenges - these are issues that all homeowners face, and they are smart enough to glean the answers to their questions from their peers - not from commercial entities whose primary goal is to sell them some products and whose perspectives are warped accordingly. People want ideas and evaluations, not sales pitches.
And from the statistical code that is invisibly embedded in this blog, I can see that those people are, indeed, doing just that. Knock wood, I've got no bot traffic at this point - I'm seeing just the surfings of ordinary Americans looking for answers to common predicaments. And that's good, because those are the people I intended to serve when I started this thing. Serve, as in, provide useful information without expectation of any form of reciprocation. Not make money at their expense.
So here's to the next ten thousand ordinary Americans, whoever they may prove to be. Bottoms up, under-the-commercial-radar style.