After thinking about thoroughly, I'm not going to add a "hit" counter to smol.pub. There's a beauty in writing only for the art of writing, and I'd love to thank everyone who reacted and gave me insights!
Don't do it! We shouldn't write for the audience we should write because we can't not write!
I thought this was a really fun way to put it. It's true, we can't not write. And not writing for an audience makes the writing more real, more personable, more Human.
I really don't think they're necessary at all. If people want to track page views, they can always embed some kind of "this page has been viewed X number of times" image.
That's actually true! From the web, someone who really want to do it could already add an image. In a way I'm happy not to be able to find a way to hack it around with Gemini.
The more I think about it, the more I see adding a "hit" counter a slippery slope. By itself, it's not much, but by adding it, we start to let people care about something different than only the joy of writing.
I kind of like just writing into the void without the expectation of people really reading or caring about what I write.
It feels a little liberating actually! Maybe that's part of the reason why people write more on Gemini. Or maybe we don't write more on gemini and it's just my perception.
I don't know. Anyway, if m15o ends up implementing it, I'm sure it will be well done like the rest of their projects :)
Really appreciate reading that, thank you very much!
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