I just don't see how this is possible:
Since I've been blogging again, I took a look at my stats, and discovered several visitors from this site (images are linked.) How can this be?
Watermark was neglected for a long time. I recieve fewer than 200 visitors a day, and most of those are looking for Friday Cat Blogging posts.
I rarely get comments, I suspect because I rarely comment myself. This is partly by choice, and partly not. That my energy is so limited is not by choice; that I spend what energy I have on writing poems and making collages rather than commenting on the work of others is by choice.
(Though I would really love to get more comments.)
So how can Watermark be #10?
I'm guessing that this site doesn't index a good number of us: if you have a poetry blog, get over there and add yours. Push Watermark down a bit.
There is some reason for optimism in these numbers:
Clearly, there is an audience for poetry; it's just a bit limited in what sites it goes to. The big shots, Poets.org and Poem of the Day get most of the action. Which is fine, but where's trickle down when you need it?
So, it's somewhat gratifying to see my own blog ranked so high, but it certainly would be more so if I could believe it, if I got lots of hits on my poems, if readers left comments, if the other blogs I read were on this list, and if I thought we blogging poets had more of an audience than each other.