I've been experimenting with some blog related changes over the last six months. My first change was spending some extra time working with bloggers spam filter. Initially this took significant time. I went through the old comments and tagged the spam as spam for the filter. It seems that this strategy is working out. Blogger now catches 99% of the spam before it ever hits the comments.
My most spammed post seems to be one from 2006, Electing Dinner Guests. I have no idea why this is. For some reason this post gets hit with a ton of spam attempts. In fact most of my spammed posts are older ones. I don't know what possible good this does for a spammer since I doubt any of my readers have visited that post in the last 7 years. I've been marking ALL spam as spam regardless of how old the post is and it seems to be helping.
The filter catches most of the spam before I ever see it and that's a good thing. Now I spend less than 5 mins a week dealing with the spam filter. I can't be sure but I think that the filter "learns" as it goes and is doing a better job stopping the spam. If you're running a blog of your own, it seems to be worth the time to use the filter and to tag the spam from the old posts.
For Q1 2013 I started a experiment of posting on average at least once per day. This has boosted my daily hits by about 500%. Which is a good thing. Comments are still pretty rare so while viewer ship is up, participation still lags behind. I assume this is due in part to the fact that: 1. I seldom comment on other peoples blogs, at least not as much as I used to, and 2. Most of you dropping by are friends and share similar views and are basically dropping by to see whats going on and waste 5 min of time between meetings at work.
Thanks for all the new traffic. I will be returning to my increased posting routine this week. I had wanted to leave the Game Case Study post near the top of the blog to see how much attention and advice it would get. I think everybody that wanted to sound off on that has. I may update information on the post from time to time as the situation develops.