Hi, I have been meaning to drop by for what seems like ages (but life got in the way). As a newby I don't really understand the popularity game. But was never good at it in 'real life' either. It is nice that people are interested, but I often blog as a way of lancing my own sore spots so it doesn't seem fair to inflict it on the unwary. But thanks, this was a really interesting post/repost.
Thanks for dropping by @the elephant's child, I too blog for me, but it is nice when people stop to say hello and leave a comment and when one day I look and there are a couple more followers there.