Here are some rough stats since I got it going in July of last year.
|Website||Number of comments|
|Go Beyond (.onion)||350|
I've lost the occasional comment but certainly read most of them. Some are spam, especially on the Go Beyond .onion. But by far, there's way more real comments on the .onion than the clearnet site. Something that has surprised me is Go Beyond's popularity among Tor Users over clearnet. The clearnet domain is at least twice the age.
For SporeStack there's more comments on clearnet than the .onion, but not a whole lot on either. There is less spam on SporeStack over either as well.
I've gotten to know some of the people who have commented on Go Beyond. I think most were from the .onion. There's some really, really cool people who read this blog and I'm flattered. I really like talking to people who read this and aren't completely repulsed. If you've put contact information in there and you haven't heard from me it probably wasn't intentional and you're always free to email me.
I do find it funny what Rantbin has been used for. I've had one word comments that seem to vaguely relate to the post, comments about as long as the posts themselves, and even a guy wanting to sell his Kidney to pay for his son's medical bills.
In general I don't have any analytics on Go Beyond or SporeStack. I would be curious to have a better idea of how many of you really are reading this. But what benefit would the analyics be?
For Go Beyond, what if ten people read it a day? A hundred? A thousand? Do I write more? Do I write less? I don't know if it really changes at all. I've never been paid for any of these writings so there's no financial incentive. The biggest incentive for me are the comments. They let me know that people are engaged in the comment enough to say a quick blurb about it. And it's nice.
I don't really know how people find Go Beyond, especially Tor Users. I know it's on a couple Hidden Wikis. You'd think I'd get druggies, pedophiles, and wackos messaging me all the time. And there are. But there's a lot of interesting people out there. It's nice to know I'm not just writing for myself. I also appreciate knowing that I'm not the only one with such thoughts at times.
So thank you for writing in. And for reading. I'm pretty sure this blog has gotten me into trouble more than once. I've had lots of people tell me it's a bad idea to write so much "controvesial content" under my name. But so far, I think it's worth it.
PS: If you gave me a Facebook profile to reply to, I may not be having much luck finding it. In general I'm not much of a Facebook user.
PPS: I am moving to Boise, Idaho! Should be there by the first week of March. Also have a new phone number.