I volunteered for a rabbit sanctuary a few weeks ago. I stumbed onto Cample Nibble’s website and saw the advert for volunteers to help with packing groceries in a supermarket.
Looking back on it, my abiding memory is the social difficulty a lot of people had when dealing with a charity bag packer.
Is it really so difficult just to say no?
I packed groceries for a couple of hours and I noticed that each person’s decision whether to accept or decline assistance was often dictated by the decision of the person before them.
You’d get a queue of people at the checkout and if the first person agreed, then the rest of the queue would agree. Same with an initial decline.
So you’d get very busy periods and very quiet periods all dictated by a single person agreeing or declining.
P.S. If you want to donate to this very worthy charity, please visit their donation page here.
I was struck by something that Tim Nash said in the August WordPress Leeds meeting. He did an interesting talk about blog metrics. One of those metrics was the number of subscribers.
This blog has around the 600 – 880 subscribers depending upon when you happen to log into Feedburner. Things have become a lot less stable since the demise of Google Reader.
One of the things that Tim said is that, if your blog is not enlisting new subscribers, it is probably not hitting the sweet spot with visitors.
New Email Subscribers by Year
Email subscribers to The Tech Teapot broken down by year. The first post to the blog was in November 2006.
That’s a grand total of 541 email subscribers.
I’ve not blogged much in the last couple of years so I can’t say I’m surprised nobody has subscribed. This blog has been the online equivalent of an abandoned wild west town.
Probably hasn’t helped that the blog boom, such as it was, has long since passed. A lot of the conversations that were happening on blogs have now moved over to Twitter.
Still a place for the blog though. Kinda hard talking about sys admin in 140 characters.
P.S. One of the more humbling things about the email subscribers is that a lot of them have subscribed for getting on for 7 years. I bow down to your fortitude in the face of a wall of drivel.