Normally I'd be running my Retro Sundays column today, but this week I'd like to get some feedback from readers on the value you receive from my Retro Sundays posts.
Before you leave your comments, a couple of things: First, the pageview metrics for my Retro Sundays posts are, quite frankly, off the charts. Time-on-page, click rates, bounce rates and exit rates on these posts all range from above average to screamingly above average compared to CKs' average metrics (and yes, "screamingly above average" is a technical blogging term).
Also, I've picked up a lot of new readers over the past year or so, and one of the reasons I created the Retro Sundays series was to provide an easy, pain-free way for new readers to gradually get exposure to the best posts here. After nearly five years' worth of history, it's next to impossible for new readers to dig out CK's most interesting and influential articles.
The thing is, I don't write CK for pageview metrics, and I especially don't want my long-term readers to be annoyed by content that appears to be "recycled"--even though my intent is to provide these posts in a predictable, weekly format that long-term readers can easily skip over.
So with all of that in context, here's my question:
If you are a new reader, do you find the Retro Sundays posts useful to you?
And if you're a long-term reader, do the Retro Sundays posts interfere with how you read CK?
Let me know in the comments, and please don't hold back. Sure, I might cry quietly into my pillow for a few nights when I get criticized or when I get a negative comment, but I eventually pull out of it and get back to making CK as useful and as interesting to readers as I can. :)
Thank you in advance for your thoughts!