I had good intentions. I wanted to share odd diseases that characters can get. Those, after all, are what draws the interest of readers, makes them feel like they learn from you as an author. So I wrote a post called My Character is Sick… and included diseases such as dehydration, scorpion stings, snake bites…
And spider bites. Like the brown recluse spider. Little did I know there seems to be a cult of brown recluse spider bite viewers, and they’ve all hit my site. Look at these quarter numbers:
Why do I care? You say it brings traffic to my blog–isn’t that good? Not good if it’s not targeted traffic–people who are interested in writing, will come back, will stay a while to read. These spider lovers aren’t. They look at the picture (eeuwie) and move on. As a result, this post blows up my reader stats–time spent on the site. Ever since I posted this blog, time spent on my blog has dropped precipitously.
Any ideas, short of deleting it?