In the thread following his excellent post on the Williams Deanship, Jonathan Landsman wrote:

Thanks Dave, I appreciate it much. But while Ephblog may have thousands of readers, I suspect it may not have 20 who will read a post of this length, when it is not about something super-pressing. If there is more positive response, I’ll try to include more.

After I praised the amazing photos and description of her EphBoat project (and requested more detail), Diana Davis wrote:

If someone else will second David’s request, I will do it. I just want to make sure that interest actually exists before I do it. Thanks.

Neither Jonathan nor Diana received any further feedback from other readers afterwards. But that shouldn’t matter! They should just trust me and write more about the things that a) they like and b) I claim EphBlog readers will like.

Why? Well, the obvious reason is that even though our readers like these sorts of entries, they are unlikely to respond to such direct requests for affirmation. That just isn’t how things work on the internets. But the more important reason is that EphBlog has a non-trivial audience. Now, relative to popular sites, we are invisible. Yet given the maximum possible audience size that a site devoted to All Things Eph could conceivably reach, I think we do quite well. How much more popular could EphBlog be?

Once you agree that EphBlog has a large and loyal group of readers, you are left with two plausible explanations for this fact. First, it could be that Ephs like reading my ill-tempered screeds. I find this unlikely, but who knows? Second, Ephs like (even if they don’t say so) the sort of things we publish which, given my constant recruitment efforts, are more or less exactly the things that I like. So, assuming that my rants are not the main draw, the reason hundreds of readers come to EphBlog every day is because they want to read the sort of stuff that I want to read, stuff like Jonathan’s thoughts on the Williams Deanship and Diana’s details descriptions of he EphBoat project, even if they don’t say so.

In other words, when I claim that our readers want more of X (and you are the sort of person that enjoys writing about X), you should trust me. Give in to your inner narcissist and give EphBlog’s readers all the details that we crave.

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