This is my first post ever on the subject of my blog traffic. Like most small-time bloggers, I like to say that I don't care much about traffic, but I do. I like to know that people are checking out my posts.
There is much I'm still learning about how blogging works. I'd considered taking a few days off from posting in anticipation of the annual dip in blog traffic over the Thanksgiving weekend. (It is, perhaps, a bit misleading for me to refer to annual dips since I've only been blogging for two years.) Except for my usual advance-scheduled photo post, I did skip Thanksgiving, but I posted on Friday and Saturday per usual.
I was surprised that traffic didn't dip nearly as much as I'd expected. I had a respectable 5200 visits on Black Friday compared with a high-ish (for me) 7,000+ hits on the previous Friday. Although I didn't have any really hot inbound links either Friday, I did get a boost from my post on the Black Friday stampede in New York. And Saturday, has shaped up to be a healthy traffic day, headed for 6,000+, which is on the high side for a Saturday. Alright, I know, this is way to self-involved for most of my readers.
The take-away for bloggers: Don't hesitate to post over holiday weekends. People are looking.