Trying to attract the highest number of eyeballs in the Sri Lankan blogosphere (which is essentially kottu.org) ? Then don’t post on weekends which are low traffic days. That’s based a crude analysis (casual sniff with excel) of kottu.org page loads between January and May this year). The flippant conclusion of the drop in traffic is that a bulk of the audience either has a life on weekends or are too hung over to operate a web browser/RSS reader.
By contrast high traffic weekdays seems to occur between Monday and Thursdays. Which raises the scandalous suspicion that quite a lot of the kottu readership goes blog reading from work. Yes yes I’m sure you find the accusation quite shocking as well.
Read Write web has an in-depth post on the best posting times. Lorelle has a similar post which also supports the general theory that a week day post attracts the most traffic. Pro Blogger has a more subtle view that traffic patterns are a function of your target audience’s online behaviour. Not all audiences keep a working hours schedule.
Given the global scattering of the Sri Lankan Diaspora I doubt that there are specific “heavy traffic” hours on kottu.org. Perhaps they are such spikes for each major regional time zones which have Sri Lankan infestations. Complicating things further is the fact that not all posters and readers of kottu.org share the same schedule.
Another unknown is whether the weekday traffic spike is matched by a rise in posts. If this is the case, higher traffic also means higher competition for readers. Your post will easily get washed off the first page in a flood of posts. However, if you can write posts with sex themes, express strong political opinions (without getting entangled in nuance), or a combination of the two, readership is not a problem.
This post pecked out on the cusp of a non optimal weekend has non of those things. But that’s not the point. Its out of my head and the words you have just read won’t be bouncing around my mind anymore and I can concentrate on live and death matters such as driving incrementally better.
Sadly not for long. There are more growing. An endless series of mind farts. Vut tu do no?