Is anyone out there?

UPDATE: I understand there has been issues with the comments. I'm trying to fix it, so if you have tried and had an error, please try again! Now back to the original post:

I got to wondering today . . .

Is anyone out there? Does anyone actually look at what I write here? Google reader tells me that there are four(4) people subscribed to my feed. I at first thought that it must be my sisters, but none of them are tech-savvy enough to have a feed reader.

So, I'm just curious who actually reads this blog? So, if you would, post a comment here for me and answer the following questions:

  • Um, who are you and how did you find me?

  • What do you like most about my blog?

  • What do you think I could do to increase my blog readership?

I've just installed reCAPTCHA to help with SPAM comments on my blog (thanks to Ed at EdTech for the idea), so we'll see how that works.

So if you're willing to help out, thanks! If you're not willing to stroke my ego and let me know who actually cares (to at least a marginal degree) what I write, to you I say, "COME ON!" Seriously, though. I'm interested, and I'd appreciate it.


  1. See we do read your blog!

  2. Hi John,

    1. I'm the Paul W. that you knew at RICKS/BYU-Idaho as a student worker. I actually think I found your blog when I was looking for instructional design blogs one day, but I'm not sure. I may have just been looking you up and found it.

    2. I like that it's a bit random (as your subtitle suggests). I like your weekly? links.

    3. Well, a few scantly clad women on here wouldn't hurt...though I don't know if you could call the resulting increase "readership". ;)

    I think people like regular features like a weekly poll or a weekly provocative question/statement that induces comment and discussion. I regularly read one blog that has a "Friday Firestorm" for example. Also, if there were some sort of loose affiliation of related blogs that you could join that would probably help. Just a couple of ideas.

  3. Hmmm... I am a previous, and possibly future student. You gave me your website address while I was working on my Masters degree in Instructional Technology. I like the humor in your blog. It's life's little quirks that you point out that keep me reading and laughing. Catherine as well.

  4. Just found your site! It came to me via a Google Alert for "instructional design" to your post dedicated to Cammie. I just linked to your acct to track what you find and tag.