3 April 2017

My Thoughts on Blogging Statistics

They matter.

I have quite a controversial view on blogging statistics. Here's my candor: Every morning, I wake up hoping that the number of views on my latest blog post has gone up from the number that I painstakingly memorized the night before- even if it's just by one view. Sometimes I'm met with an unchanged number and infused with disappointment, like this morning. Other mornings, I awaken to a magically re-moulded digit; A number changed (sometimes drastically and sometimes hardly) from the one that was there 8 hours and a whole day earlier.

Blogging statistics excite me. I'm filled with immense joy knowing that someone out there took the time to read the words that I wrote. Blogging statistics serve as validation and an indication of something good that I've done. I'm devoted to my blog; I've involuntarily invested my heart into this space. To me, a comment isn't just a comment and a view is not just a four letter word. To me, it's a 'thumbs up', a pat on the back and a job well done and you should see it as that too.
I don't see statistics as numerical values. Technically, statistics are a combination of  just 10 digits. However, I see each value as a person. Each number represents two eyes, a nose and a mouth. I'm also starting to think that people who say that 'statistics don't matter' already have their desired statistics.Your dream stats may vary from mine, which is perfectly human. But, to put sweat, love, dedication and the occasional tear into your blog, your baby, and then go on and say that the way it is received doesn't matter isn't how I see it. You'd be lying. Or I know I would be.

You've changed your blog's nappy, cradled it, fed and fuelled it and loved it. You've taken it to its first day of school, hand-in-hand, picked it up when its cried and put a band-aid on its grazed knee. You've seen it go through heartbreak and triumphs and in the end, you just want it to graduate cum laude. You want the best for it.

Caring about blogging statistics does not mean that you're blogging for the wrong reasons. I often don't see my statistics changing, but I've never quit blogging because I enjoy the process of writing, meeting other bloggers online and being a part of this inclusive, supportive and dynamic community that I've come to love. It's possible, and dare I say normal to care about your blogging stats and still be blogging for the 'right' reasons.

So, yes, I'm going to press publish on this post in a few minutes from now and I'm going to keep scouring my statistics for indication that I'm doing something right, something good and something worthwhile. I'm unashamedly going to cross my fingers and hope that someone values my words enough to leave a comment because I'm selfish and it fills me with an incomparable joy to see interaction within my blog, my space- my baby.

What are your views on blogging stats? Do they matter to you or not? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments (remember, I'm crossing my fingers). If you disagree with what I've said, please do let me know! 

Till next time-
Steph

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12 comments

  1. I completely agree with everything you said in this post! I know so many bloggers that say they don't care about stats, but never really elaborate on why that is. I think we all care about them, at least a little bit, purely because it's just human nature to want to be liked. We're also nosey creatures (which is why so many of us love reality TV), so being nosey about who's noseying on your blog is totally normal!

    For me, I'm definitely interested in stats. While I don't want to turn my blog into career, I love knowing that lots of people have seen my latest post and maybe commented on it - I enjoy what I post and it gives me satisfaction to know that other people enjoy it too! Like you said, my blog is my baby and if I get crappy stats, it hurts a little!

    Such a great and honest post, Steph. I loved it!

    Olivia - The Northernist x

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    1. Thank you for the comment! I'm very glad to be thinking along the same lines as other bloggers. It's interesting that you've noticed how people claim not to care about statistics, but never go on to elaborate. Very good point.

      "Crappy stats", to put it your way, definitely hurt!

      Thank you so much for your support, Olivia! It's always, always fondly appreciated!

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  2. I agree with you so much here. Although I don't like to admit I care about stats, I certainly do. It's not that it's the only reason I blog; like you said, but its an interest to see if anyone is actually listening out there; like you said.
    Perfectly described, love this post Steph!x

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    1. I've seen people share your sentiments of not wanting to care but inevitably do. I'm not sure why the stigma around caring about stats even exists! There's nothing wrong with that!

      Very happy you could relate to it!

      Thanks Nessa!

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  3. I agree with you 100% here, I love seeing my stats increase, there is so much satisfaction in seeing those little bars increases little by little each week. Why shouldn't we be happy that our content is being enjoyed?! Very well written xx

    Love Sophia xx http://sophiawhitham.co.uk

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    1. It's such a rewarding feeling to see progress in your baby! I agree wholeheartedly! If our co tent is being appreciated by others, then very appropriately, we should be rejoicing!

      Thank you, Sophia!

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  4. I definitely agree with what you've said! I don't actually check my statistics, but I do definitely care about them, and it's nice to see increases in views :-)

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    1. JG!

      I'm totally on board with what you're saying. At least you're not constantly checking your stats (like I am). It's become an unhealthy habit!

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  5. yeah I agree. its comforting to know that other people are reading the things you have poured your heart and soul into. and its discouraging when no one does. sometimes I'll post something that is bomb, and then no one reads it and I just feel....bad. LIKE DANGIT THAT WAS A GOOD POST READ IT PLS.

    and I dont think that makes you a bad blogger or a selfish person. I think it makes you human. I think it shows off our innate desire to be heard.

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    1. I guess we're all after some sort of validation. I think we care about what we're writing and that makes it hurtful when no one responds.

      Thanks Faith!

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  6. I agree. I don't often check my blog stats, but it's nice to see that there are real people reading it, especially since not everyone leaves comments. What is the point of throwing my hard work out into the void of the internet when no one is reading it? Honestly this reminds me that I should care more about my stats! Also congrats on reaching 100 on Bloglovin, you got another follower here!

    Samantha Series

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    1. Hi Samantha! Welcome to my blog, Social Spying. It means a lot to me tat you've left me a comment!

      The other argument to my post is that some people write for their eyes only and don't want (or need) the interest of others. That's okay too. It all depends on the person!

      Please don't care more about your stats if you didn't before. Maybe stats are just less important to you- and that's perfectly okay!

      Thanks so much for the follow! I'm heading over to your blog right now!

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