So my writing schedule fell apart in 2012 because we had twins, I got promoted, my aunt got cancer and ultimately passed away, and we dealt with the usual stuff like kids, busy schedules, illnesses and stress.
My audience, quite logically, dwindled to miniscule because there was nothing to read.
So, as Wildbow says, UPDATE REGULARLY is pretty key to keeping an audience.
Since the new year I've updated once a week pretty regularly and there was hardly a blip on my stats, that I could see.
Then, this past week, I jumped from about ten to twenty unique viewers a day (based on Project Wonderful stats) to over 100. I really don't know why, though 23 the other day were from WFG. Are there that many people checking it out just because I'm starting to update regularly?
I'm sticking with the Wednesday update, and I'm going to try broadening out to more as I'm able -- but the key to coming back from absence seems to be consistency.
I just want to thank everyone who has offered support over the last few months, because now I'm getting back on track and it wouldn't have happened without each of those people, quite honestly. Kind words, good advice, readers showing up, the occasional comment on the story, all of it motivates.