Thanks to Google Analytics, we have a very good sense of the site’s traffic, but how many regular readers that traffic translates into is a much harder question. The issue has become important not simply because people constantly ask me how many readers the site has—though they do and I’d like to have an answer. The more important problem is that we been getting a lot of requests to provide a variety of new services to readers: New features on the site, off-line programming, publications, and the like. The viability of such ideas—not to mention the circumstances under which we could contemplate providing some of them—depends very much on the size of the community that we, in fact, serve.
So I’ve devised a radical idea to find out how many people actually read the blog regularly: Ask ‘em.
The following is a one-question survey that will collect no data about you—not your name, not your IP address, not your location, not your anything—except the fact that you read the blog regularly. If you do so, I would appreciate your checking the box below and hitting the “Submit” button so that we can count you. Please don’t do so more than once; it does us no good at all to over-count readers.
This post will remain at the top of the site as long as it is collecting data.