compatibility and popularity …

sometimes intertwined!

but seriously. i made a promise to myself that if my readership was below my membership consistently for a week or so, i would stop. i guess it’s a personal choice; i find what i write such a catharsis at times, i’m loath to give it up.

it has been a very slow week, however, even over at array. don’t get discouraged. always check other dg hit counts before beating yourself. you can also install your own ‘hit counter’ software so you can check referrer logs and such, to see where people come from (thecounter.com).

as for designing cross-browser, latest stats show ie 5 has 86% saturation nationwide; on array, it’s even higher. what surprises me is the mac vs. windows statistics … it’s about even, whereas for other general sites i do, mac is about 17%. i get complaints about the site from time to time, and i can guarantee they’re on netscape. at the present time, they’re 4% of my audience … i have made a conscious decision to deprecate full netscape compatibility.

as with life, you can’t make all of the people happy all of the time, nor should you try.

8 thoughts on “compatibility and popularity …”

  1. very true garret, I think what struck me most was my reaction – the immediate ‘I’ve got to do something!’ which was followed soon after by me laughing at myself. I didn’t really think I was going to get as much readership as I have, so I really feel like has been (and will continue to be) a big win in that respect. The fact that I’ve made friends in New Mexico, Oregon, Iowa, and elsewhere is an unexpected bonus. The catharsis of writing is more satisifying than I ever even considered it might be, so, like you, it would take a major shift of my proirities away from this weblog to really dissuade me.

    This week I have felt like those performers I used to see on Ed Sullivan who would spin a series of plates on rods (I don’t know if you remember that sort of thing or not). THe excitement would come from all the close calls as plates wobbled and occasionally fell with a big crash. I feel like I’ve been running back and forth between the precariously spinning plates, crowd noise over there means that far one is wobbling, now this one over here is. This too shall pass and come back to normal.

    IE’s penetration does suprise me, though it shouldn’t. I have to say, that except for the gradual slow down that the Mac version goes through during the day (I leave it and Eudora Pro loaded all the time unless I use Illustrator or Photoshop and reboot when I head to bed) I am more than satisified with version 5 of Microsoft’s browser. I was shocked to see how different IE rendered an earlier version of my University pages, but then I started using BBEdit’s html checker and things shaped up.

    I hope Winslow continues to improve …

  2. john and alwin are correct, a whole angle i didn’t really think about. i was more concerned about your state of mind this morning. your influence in the community has been greater than perhaps you know.

    john’s shaved cat would get a lot of hits, so would alwin’s gingko viagra … not unlike steve miner’s a$$ that we all used to link months ago. the site was abandoned, but was on the top 100 at a high position for ages … popular, but did noone any good except for a quick laugh.

    in the early days, ‘popularity’ here meant dave linked to you. we’ve come a long way, and generate our own traffic due to the subjects we share amongst one another. that’s something we should all be proud of.

    on further thought, if i can catch a wisp of a single person’s imagination in a day … that will keep me weblogging, in spite of my earlier post.

    i switched to internet explorer on mac after 4.5 came out, and dropped netscape except for code checking. not for any angst over netscape or microsoft … it simply did what i needed faster and easier. i’m ambivalent about 5.0 mac.

    netscape 6 pr1 does’nt show the sunflowers either.

  3. john and alwin are correct, a whole angle i didn’t really think about. i was more concerned about your state of mind this morning.

    Thanks for that concern garret. As I’m sure everyone but me was aware, I was in a dark state of mind. I wasn’t going to quit logging or anything — I think I felt … abandoned or something.

    your influence in the community has been greater than perhaps you know.

    I really don’t know what to say to that garret … the implication is something I’ve not considered ….

    john’s shaved cat would get a lot of hits, so would alwin’s gingko viagra … not unlike steve miner’s a$$ that we all used to link months ago. the site was abandoned, but was on the top 100 at a high position for ages … popular, but did noone any good except for a quick laugh.

    I read your and others weblogs because I feel a connection, a kindred spark if you will. I think its the difference between moving into a neighborhood or small town as a committed resident and settling in for the long haul and moving into a dormitory for a semester. Well, I didn’t move into the dorm with ideas of ‘it doesn’t matter, its only 18 weeks’ but I knew folks who did. I feel the same way about the friends I’ve made through blivet. I’ll follow through hosting changes and search engines if necessary to keep a bit of a connection to people. I didn’t get that two way connection from the web in the first seven years I had web pages. This is really the first time I’ve felt like someone might read what I’ve put up – without me nagging my friends that is …

    in the early days, ‘popularity’ here meant dave linked to you. we’ve come a long way, and generate our own traffic due to the subjects we share amongst one another. that’s something we should all be proud of.

    I hadn’t considered that either, but you’re right … it used to be contingent on Dave, but that has changed. I guess we’ve grown as a community.

    on further thought, if i can catch a wisp of a single person’s imagination in a day … that will keep me weblogging, in spite of my earlier post.

    I think you’ve put into words exactly what I would wish to do, perhaps what we all wish to do in our own way. We seem to be a widely and well read crowd, doubtless with shrines of various types in our houses, offices, or personal spaces to books and authors we revere, perhaps that we feel changed our lives. I know that I’ve stood in line to have people sign books and I’ve seen the look we gave them as we said ‘thanks, this is a great book’. I can also remember the look I got back from a couple of authors of persistant suprise, perhaps a look they had for months or years when they would say ‘thanks! I’m glad you liked it’. The look speaks of ‘I can’t believe he’s saying that to me. He liked it. Wow … I hope I don’t wake up from this dream’.

    thanks garret and john and al and all the folks that do read this … One thing I do realize is that a bit of unselfconscious vulnerability does bring your friends and neighbors out …

  4. Hal! Look at the bottom of today’s entry on the sure fire way to up your hits…

  5. There are so many things to agree with in this discussion.

    We all worry about falling off the list (I have written about that, too). And it’s amazing how strong that feeling can be – but that also means it can be a powerful lesson.

    Garret is right: you do have influence around here. Reading Blivet usually makes me feel good – because what’s really going on here is that some very smart and interesting people are making great efforts to share something of their lives. And your writing reminds us of that. Thank you!

  6. … We all worry about falling off the list (I have written about that, too). And it’s amazing how strong that feeling can be – but that also means it can be a powerful lesson.

    Yes indeed “:->”

    Garret is right: you do have influence around here. Reading Blivet usually makes me feel good – because what’s really going on here is that some very smart and interesting people are making great efforts to share something of their lives. And your writing reminds us of that. Thank you!

    I’m still trying to wrap my brain around that Influence thing. My ego wants to dance in, singing and dancing, from the back of the bus and I have to glare at it so it retreats … Still, the weblogs I read and link to influence me, so its reasonable that it would flow the other way too… I really like the sharing aspect too, it feels very easy and comfortable to do that here.

    Thank you for your kind words Jason. Isn’t your vacation coming up soon? If so, I hope you Aila have a great and relaxing time.

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