I don't talk about the inner workings of the blog very much, but I would ask those of you reading this somewhere other than on my blog - for instance, in an RSS feed, something like Blog Lovin', or even through the e-mail subscription on my blog - to pay me a visit soon!
When you by-pass the blog by linking directly to a PDF or by reading it on a blog feed, I have no idea you're out there. I need my daily stats as a way to sell myself as a speaker at a conference or with a publisher when I send out a book proposal, and if you read me somewhere else, you may as well not exist.
When you by-pass the blog, you're less likely to interact by asking a question, answering someone else's question, or making a comment. And this ruins the sense of community I'm trying to build here.
And it's nice for me to know people are visiting. Sometimes I feel like I'm writing for myself when I don't see you out there. (It's pretty amazing to have a day like yesterday with probably the most visitors I've ever had!)
As I don't want to have to go to another way of counting stats, like having you e-mail me for downloads, I'm asking you to start visit the blog here rather than reading it another way. You don't have to visit every day, but if you're a regular reader, stop by once a week, have a cup of tea, and let me know you're there. I can't make you do that and I can't stop you from reading it through other sources, but if you like what you are reading here and wish to support me, please find 10 minutes in your week to read the post here instead of your usual, by-passing way.
I'm also asking you not to link directly to the PDFs on my blog. The only payment I ask for them is a quick visit to the blog, and I don't think that's a lot to ask. If I continue to see people by-passing the blog for them, I will move to a system where you'll have to enter a code or email me or something similar. (I'm pretty serious about this request...) Please show me you appreciate the PDFs by paying me in your attention by visiting the blog to get them.
You probably don't think this is a big deal or that I'm asking you to do something onerous, but those stats are vital for opportunities to make the blog and my writing career bigger. Every person who visits here shows there's an interest in the material and me as a writer. I know you don't have all the time in the world every day, but if you are interested in seeing more blog material, seeing me at a conference near you, or seeing a real live book, please take the time to visit and show me you're out there.