I saw the article on the 'Tuesday Serial' site before the mention here, but that probably speaks more to how much time I spend on Twitter, and my inclination towards guest posts (kind of like what Billy just said regarding value). Congrats on approaching them and suggesting it, t4nky! I would not have considered that.
In terms of the article's content, maybe I'm weird in that I didn't go into this serial thing with high expectations at all. Maybe because I know a friend who shopped their book around, having it rejected a bunch of times, and she finally posted it in serial form to her website. And when I archive dived, I was one of the few making comments. So "being ignored by the outside world" felt more like the norm to me. I did think my shares would increase over time; not so much. Though it's probably a good idea to write down your expectations at first, since they can subtly change without you noticing!
@Chrysalis: Interesting article. That whole "confined social circles" thing rings true for me; it's a particular problem if very few in your social circles are interested in writing, or reading your stuff. Making money on this has never been something I've expected though. I do wonder if I keep shooting myself in the foot, not waiting long enough -- since after a year or so of writing something and getting less than 10 comments and minimal shares, I have a tendency to try something different. Could be that momentum thing t4nky refers to, though it's not so much a lack of interest (I always return to finish what I start), it's more an attempt to spread my net to catch more people... and maybe that merely loses me the ones I have.
By the way, if anyone's curious, Wordpress views do seem to filter out spam as hits... or at least, on a day with 0 views, I had a new comment in my spam queue. I'm not sure how that could have appeared otherwise.