I was reading this article on How to be a Successful Blogger and, according to its rules, I am doomed to lose my entire readership because I have not been "reliable". (Note my use of sarcastic quote marks.) Apparently I must post nearly every day (it is permissible to miss one or two here and there). I must keep in mind that I am having a "conversation" with my Readers and therefore when they comment I must respond with a comment of my own lest the Readers' delicate sensibilities be offended and they return no more.
On the other hand I spent a fair few minutes in university learning about those poor rats who, when they were rewarded randomly by a food pellet after pushing a button, pushed the button for eternity even after food had been discontinued altogether. One group of rats got a food pellet every time they pushed the button: this group would stop pushing after a few unsuccessful tries. Another group never got a food pellet, and these would stop pushing almost immediately. But the rats who were fed randomly? pushed that thing until they actually perished, their little ratty paws poised in stiffening death on the very button that held them in thrall.
So according to the rules of behaviourism, I am perfectly on course to keep my readership hanging on my every word, despite my habit of posting Not At All, then Five Times Per Week.
See you tomorrow!