The Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette is my personal blog. I post short stories and articles on it about blogging, writing and the city scene but what always gets the most hits are the posts with sexual content.
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The Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette began publication in September of 2008. It now has over 17,200 hits and counting. The total number of posts on the blog is nearing 1,000. With a little effort on my part, the blog easily gets over 100 hits a day and sends 10 hits every day to my Triond account.
I’ve recently made the business decision to increase the Gazette’s circulation to over 300 hits a day and thereby also to increase the hits sent to my Triond account. The Gazette will need content that will bring in many more readers. Nothing brings in readers like sex.
The core content of the Gazette is about blogging, flash fiction and writing. After being the Editor/Publisher of the Gazette now for nearly a year I know that this core content is not enough to bring in over 200 hits a day even if I had the time to post 10 times a day. But if I mix a couple of posts dealing with sex in along with a couple of posts about blogging, flash fiction or writing, it will be much more probable that I accomplish the goal of 300 hits a day.
This presents me with a real dilemma. I have no formal training in sexuality. My knowledge of sex comes from the kind of experiences that most heterosexual men pick up if they live long enough. It is not specialized training.
On the other hand, I have several years of formal, specialized training as a writer. But no matter how I try, the Gazette will never get more than 4,000 hits a month on just the core content of blogging, flash fiction and writing. As the Editor/Publisher of the Gazette, my goal is a circulation of 10,000 hits a month. I need the income that the Gazette can provide me with.
Today, August 10, 2009 the Gazette posted a link to photos of Mariah Carey in different stages of undress. One photo leaves nothing to the imagination. The Gazette received over 100 hits in a couple of hours.