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You know what’s pretty disheartening?

When almost over 400 people visit and there are only two comments.


Feeling kind of ‘oh-what’s-the-point’ today.

That’s all.

[PS thanks to the two people who commented on the last post. Sniff.]



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  • Marc August 5, 2008, 11:54 pm

    I know how it feels. I have a music blog which I put a lot of time into and attracts about 250 individual visits a day- but rarely receives comments… I remind myself that people keep coming back, so I know someone must be enjoying it. I am as guilty as anyone! I visit here several times a week and often send pages to friends (especially those hilarious googlies), but I forget to say thank you. So ‘thank you’ two hundred or more times for all those posts I never commented on, The Iceland Weather Report is my favourite blog of all time.

  • Bluegrass Mama August 6, 2008, 12:01 am

    I don’t know. How about 25 visits per day and no comments? I always read you, but I don’t always comment. It doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy it.

  • Dankoozy August 6, 2008, 12:09 am

    ah you’re not doing too bad. i’m still recovering after my old domain expired

    you probably got some good googlies in today 🙂

  • CarolQ August 6, 2008, 12:36 am

    I’ve only visited your site about three times because I just found it. My husband and I are cruising to your island-country and will be there for one day. I know, all too short a visit. I found your site and decided to see part of the (your) world of Iceland. The photos are wonderful and your blog is great. Just wanted you to know that all is not wasted and I love your photography. We’ll be on the Royal Princess visiting your capital in early September. Many thanks for a great bit of information.

  • SDC August 6, 2008, 1:27 am

    Maybe we just think your blog is great and have nothing to add?

    I enjoy your blog, this blog and ‘Iceland Eyes’ give me a nice fix of Iceland news when I want to know what’s going on there. There was another I liked called the ‘Iceland Report’, but the dude stopped updating it. I visited Iceland once and definitely hope to return.

  • Professor Batty August 6, 2008, 1:44 am

    … and I thought that I was a comment junkie! I don’t want to be perceived as a blog-stalker, so I save my comments for those times when I have something really pertinent to say. You may rest assured that you are appreciated- and at the top of my link list as well! Of course your name does happen to start with the letter “A”…

  • FlaBill August 6, 2008, 1:45 am

    So much of blogging is so personal that to comment seems an intrusion. “Who are you to say that? You don’t know me!” Having said that, I enjoy your site, love the photos, and want to visit Iceland.
    By the way, Sunny, 92 and very humid in Ft. Lauderdale.

  • Steve August 6, 2008, 2:12 am

    So…ya’ really do miss us when we’re gone! A certain “economy” of words is required when you have the typing skills that I have. 🙂

  • Karen* August 6, 2008, 2:43 am

    I’d be happy with almost 400 hits a day. I get something closer to 12. Poor poor me…..sniff. All those pretty flowers, funny squirrels and trips to Iceland for blog content just wasting away with no visitors…. I shall surely pine away.

  • Lisa in Toronto August 6, 2008, 4:28 am

    Oops sorry! I check your blog very frequently but I didn’t I feel I had anything special to add.
    Your efforts are certainly appreciated (including the weather reports!)

  • Jessie August 6, 2008, 5:27 am

    I’m sorry. I follow your blog and really enjoy it, though I often don’t feel like I have anything special to add. Your posts are unique and insightful and not at all unappreciated!

  • Ühltje August 6, 2008, 5:36 am

    Hah, that drove the lurkers out! Yeah, what they said and I will try to be better in commenting more often.

  • Don in Seattle August 6, 2008, 6:14 am

    Yes, me too. I do make it here on a regular basis, but seldom post a comment. Still, with 400 visits, that should make you feel pretty good.
    As others have said, I enjoy your style of writting, the photos, and most important of all, the subject….Iceland. We all enjoy and appreciate your work. Thanks, Alda.

    Just an aside for SDC, I met the author of The Iceland Report, Jared Bibler, at the Kef airport and asked why he no longer continued his blog. He said his purpose was to chronicle his transition into Icelandic society, and he felt that had now been accomplished, thus ending the need for additions to his blog. Still, an interesting story.

  • mary August 6, 2008, 9:22 am

    I read your blog every day and am disappointed if you haven’t written anything. I love it and comment sometimes.
    I agree with FlaBill about the feeling of intrusion, like I feel I know you when I don’t suppose I’ll ever meet you.
    Keep writing!

  • Lora August 6, 2008, 9:25 am

    Thanks for updating us on everything ‘Nicelandic’. I really, really enjoy reading this blog. You know, some people (i.e. me) are just too shy to actually comment. I keep wanting to do so, but in the end I just give up. If we keep coming here, it must mean something!

  • Dumdad August 6, 2008, 9:25 am

    400 hits a day?! Crikey. I get about 3 a day and one of those is from my cat.

  • Skúli Pálsson August 6, 2008, 9:29 am

    Takk fyrir mig!

  • alda August 6, 2008, 9:52 am

    Hi everyone –

    Feeling somewhat more perky today after a good night’s sleep and slightly sheepish for feeling so sorry for myself yesterday. :-/

    There are some excellent points here that I’d like to address but it will have to wait as duty calls ….

    But just wanted to say thank you for all of these comments – it’s very valuable to hear YOUR side as well.

  • Kathryn August 6, 2008, 10:08 am

    I love reading your blog Alda !

  • Clement August 6, 2008, 10:42 am

    lurking as always!

  • Jenny in Jersey August 6, 2008, 12:05 pm

    Your comments and observations ars most interesting. You have a very distinctive style. Hope your car is OK and that I never fall into the clutches of the passport brigade. It appears to be that in Iceland trolls, witches and demons live in caves. Here in the US the reside in government offices.

  • alda August 6, 2008, 12:27 pm

    Marc – so someone actually enjoys the googlies? There are usually so few comments on those posts, I have no idea whether people like them or hate them.

    Cat – point taken. However, if you want to boost your visitor numbers, just write a post with ‘porno dog’ in the title. 😉

    Dankoozy – I’ll have to check. Although with no ‘penis’ or ‘porno’ in this blog post, not sure how good the googlies will be. 🙂

    Carol – thanks for leaving a comment. Glad you’re finding out something here – and hope you will enjoy visiting.

    SDC – yes, maybe that’s just it!

    Professor – comment junkies unite! And no worries – I would NEVER label you a blog stalker.

    FlaBill – that’s just the thing – it IS personal, and in my opinion should be interactive for just that reason. If I didn’t want the interaction, I’d just write stuff in a private journal. Besides … this site is a lot less personal than most. I don’t post half the stuff that’s going on in my life!

    Steve – miss you terribly!

    Karen – I know. I totally get that. And to be fair, about 90% of my hits are all those ‘porno doogs’ and ‘penis exposed’. (Well, maybe not 90% but you get the picture).

    Lisa – every comment is special to me. Really!

    Jessie – see – that’s all I need to know!

    Uhltje – Heheh.

    Don – good to know. Thanks.

    mary – thanks, I know, you’ve said so before and I appreciate it. As for the intrusion bit – I don’t feel like anyone is intruding by posting in the comments. And – really – you probably know me a lot less than you think. 😉

    Lora – no need to be shy. Comment away!

    Dumdad – yes, but you get loads of comments, don’t you?! And I don’t believe those are from your cat.

    Skúli – takk sömuleiðis!

    Kathryn – thanks.

    Clement – I thought you’d long since disappeared off the radar! 🙂

    Jenny – lol. Kind of sad, but … lol. And welcome!

  • Vikingisson August 6, 2008, 12:44 pm

    Here’s my Funk theory; the target post (now grown past 2 comments) was titled A plaintive farewell to summer and that has perhaps triggered a fear of upcoming SAD which you have written about and have commented about on my blog which coincidently was to a post about darkness and fear of SAD. Firstly the post was more about a lovely birthday party than about the end of summer. There is still a ways to go until the gloom of darkness descends and right now darkness comes just in time for bedtime, sorta.

    Like some others here I get way fewer comments but cherish each one and sometimes I’m tempted to approve spammy comments just to have one. How sad is that….. But it is my own fault, I don’t post as often as you do or as eloquently. There is also a distinct difference in a reader’s mind between a blog about Icelandic life *from* Iceland than a goofy blog like mine that dreams of Iceland from North Amerika.


  • Jon August 6, 2008, 2:03 pm

    Sorry, dear friend, I just can’t always come up with a clever retort or intelligent question. Moreover, I don’t want to make a fool of myself gushing over your wonderful glimpses of everyday living or praising your talent as a writer. See? I am already starting to embarrass myself by admitting that yours is first blog I ever wanted to read every day.

  • Sirry August 6, 2008, 2:05 pm

    I really enjoy your blog. I used to have one, which you now can click on and see as I left the link with this comment. IF I had people visiting my blog they NEVER left comments. I guess my topic is highly controversial with very religious people.
    So I took a break.
    There also used to be a blog which I really enjoyed, onefishnobike.com
    She did a fantastic job, but gave up.
    Your blog is in my favourites 🙂 so I stop by every single day.
    Also I’m the opposite of you, I grew up in Niceland, and moved away 18 years ago. I still miss it, and think of the day I’ll return.
    You bring much missed light into my memories with your blog….so don’t stop blogging…and know that even though I may not ALWAYS leave a comment, I’m still reading and still enjoying it, and still missing home 🙂
    Thanks for a great blog

  • tk August 6, 2008, 2:20 pm

    Add me to the list of readers who have little if anything to add to your posts. I do stop by here just about every day, yearning as I do for a Nicelandic break. Unfortunately, facing two big fat deadlines doesn’t leave time to linger, and I lack the wit required for short notes. But don’t despair, we love you. 🙂

  • Melissa August 6, 2008, 2:51 pm

    Hi. I know nothing about Niceland. I cannot comment on much. I think you are funny. I’m sorry I don’t comment. Please don’t hit me.

  • Scabby the cat August 6, 2008, 2:59 pm

    Hi Alda,

    Dumdad told me you’re feeling blue because not enough people comment on your blog. So, here I am!

    It’s true that Dumdad has quite a few comments on his posts but that’s because

    a) I write most of them under assumed names

    b) He writes the rest of them under pseudonyms

    Anyway, your blog looks much nicer than his as well.

  • alda August 6, 2008, 3:22 pm

    Víkingsson – interesting theory. Hm. Or maybe people just didn’t know what to say. And yes, approving spam just to have a comment is sad. Very sad. 😉

    Jon – AW!!!

    Sirry – also AW!!! Glad this connects you with home a little bit – I can definitely related to the missing Iceland part, I suffered too when I lived abroad.

    tk – despair alleviated. Thank you. 🙂

    Melissa – BAM!! (jus’ kidding)

    Scabby – sounds like old Dumdad’s got a good thing going there. Could you be recruited to write a few comments over here occasionally, under a pseudonym or not, as you wish? I can pay in Friskies!

  • Joerg August 6, 2008, 7:01 pm

    Hi Alda,

    as an Iceland-addict (I’ve been to Iceland in summer 2006 & 2007 and in February 2008 for holidays and hope to visit again in 2009 or 2010 to see Sprengisandur (by bus), do the trekking-tour from Landmannalaugar to Þorsmörk and to see the Lakagigar craters amongst other things) I also stop by almost every day but don’t comment very often. Your blog-posts and especially all the beautiful pictures are much appreciated!

  • Runa August 6, 2008, 7:35 pm

    Aah, sorry. Your blogs make enjoyable, informative reading, and I really appreciate the photos. For some od reason I quite like the graveyard shots.

  • Silent Majority August 6, 2008, 9:55 pm

    Hi Alda

    Been lurking ever since we booked our Nicelandic trip back in January. The trip came and went in May but I just can’t get Iceland out of my head! Your pics and fantastic writing help keep those images clear – don’t stop!!


  • redsoxfan August 6, 2008, 10:09 pm

    De-lurking to say your blog is great. I love your pics, your writing style and your wit. Keep up the good work!

  • SDC August 7, 2008, 2:18 am

    Hey Don in Seattle,

    Thanks for the update on JBibler.
    Glad to hear things are OK with him.
    He should have done a final ‘Mission Accomplished’ post or something perhaps 🙂

  • Carolyn August 7, 2008, 8:27 am

    I love your blog Alda! I’m sorry that I haven’t commented either. I like your writing style and your blog is such an accessable way of hearing about Niceland. (I’ve been in love with The Eagle (Oh, Hallgrim Hallgrimsson !!)). Know that we love you too!!

  • alda August 7, 2008, 9:55 am

    Joerg – good to know – thank you! I hope you got some tips on Sprengisandur … like avoid Room 13 at the Hotel Highland. 😉

    Runa – not odd. The graveyard is beautiful.

    SM – Ah, you’ve been infected with the dreaded Iceland virus. Good!

    redsoxfan – thank you!

    Carolyn – I had to think about that one for a minute … and then realized you’re talking about Örnen – no?

  • Melissa August 7, 2008, 2:53 pm

    I look funny at work with a cyber black eye!

  • Carolyn August 8, 2008, 2:01 am

    Yes, Örnen! We pretend to understand Icelandic and Danish in this household.

  • Ranger August 8, 2008, 11:57 pm

    I am a registered lurker here and feel the guilt. Writing from the semi-tropics of the Southeastern US, I wish for some of your coolth, written and weatherly.

  • Crista August 12, 2008, 4:15 pm

    Oh Alda, don’t fret! I found your blog earlier this year when my husband and I were planning our trip to Reykjavik. When we arrived for five WONDERFUL days in early June, we walked around the streets commenting, “Alda talked about this restaurant,” and “Alda mentioned this last week.” You were our unseen tour guide through the trip, but even after we returned, I was too shy to post a comment.

    So, my comment now? Your blog made Iceland tangible to us before our trip, and now you’re our daily link to the most amazing place we’ve ever visited!

  • alda August 12, 2008, 4:42 pm

    Crista – oh my, how lovely! Thank you for that – it’s great to know people actually find my blather useful! 🙂

    Ranger – Aw. That’s sweet, thank you!

  • delara August 12, 2008, 10:45 pm

    If it makes you feel any better I don’t even know if anyone reads my blog. I’ve only had one comment. Two if you count my response. 🙂

    Though I have a photoblog and barely have time to update as it is (as that usually involves taking photos as well), you are so correct, sometimes just a nod from a reader is enough to get you posting the next day instead of sitting on your arse watching the Olympics.