I was advised to join BlogCatalog when I first started this blog. So I did, quite early on, though I was never quite sure what benefits I was getting from it. I didn't really use it and rarely visited it.
A few weeks ago, I got notification that someone had added me as a friend, then another, and another. At first I just checked the blogs of the friend and added them to my own friends if they seemed appropriate. One day I noticed that someone had left a message thanking for an add. That seemed a courteous thing to do, so I copied and tried to think of something I liked about the blog that I could mention.
Then I started to get messages back, and a few virtual conversations started. The friend adds really snowballed. I realised that I was getting a lot more traffic than my entrecard stats were telling me.
I'm sure you can work out that there's a lesson here for any BlogCatalog users who are as naive as I was.
Ninny that I am, I still haven't worked out how to get full stats for my blog. If you are able to point me in the right direction, please do.