So this is how a blog dies; not with thunderous applause, but with a whimper. (Apologies to Natalie Portman...)
This is a graph of O'DonnellWeb traffic, going back to 2005 when I first started using Google Analytics.. The high water mark was March 2006 - with almost 10,000 visitors. It's been 10-15% of that throughout 2011. I suspect most personal blogs would show something similar. On one hand, it's kind of depressing. On the other hand, if you had told me in 1995 when I started this that almost 1000 people would ever check in monthly, I'd have danced a jig.
I was averaging 1200 or so a month through May, when it nosedived to about 800 a month. Wasn't that when Google made the big changes to the algorithm? Interestingly though, incoming search was still my #1 source of traffic, just edging out Facebook referrals.