3 April 2017

My Thoughts on Blogging Statistics

They matter.

I have quite a controversial view on blogging statistics. Here's my candour: 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 an 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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  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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  7. I sometime check my blogging static time to time but I get excited when there is over 100. It may sounds small but even just 5 viewers I get happy that someone took their time to read my post.

    Michelle| www.brokebutflawless.com

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    1. Someone giving you their time is one of my biggest honours. It's so precious, and yet just giving someone else 5 minutes of it is so special.
      Whether it's 5 views or 100 views, it's incredible!

      Thanks Michelle!

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  8. I do love when I see other people write what I am thinking also. I am also addicted to checking my statistics. I'm glad I'm not the only one.

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    1. You're most definitely not alone!

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  9. Thank you for this post! People seem to be divided on the subject go blog statistics, but I have to admit, I'm quite obsessed with checking mine daily. I'm glad to hear this doesn't make me a bad blogger! I appreciate the advice, and look forward to more posts!

    Arielle- littledismaid.com

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    1. It doesn't make you a bad blogger in any capacity. I think a bad blogger is only one that brings other people down. Other than that- you do you!

      I go through stages of checking my blog statistics daily and some stages of only weekly. It abs and flows.

      Thanks Arielle!

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  10. I check my stats here and there, mainly on days when I post something. I do get excited when I see a comment though because I love interacting with people and hearing their opinions. It's really cool to get that feedback! I don't have many followers or views but I love my blog. It's my baby!

    -GG
    www.girlingamba.com

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    1. I also love the feedback from the comments!
      I like to think of my blog as my baby too- or maybe a toddler now.

      I'trying not to watch the statistics as much as I do...but my interest in them changes like the weather. I really like to see the world map though, and see where different readers are coming from in the world!

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  11. While I do like to live by the saying that stats don't matter - I know that secretly they do. It gives you a sense of validation to know that all the effort you're putting in hasn't gone unnoticed. It lets you know that someone out there IS paying attention and someone is reading the words you've stressed over for hours.
    With that being said, I don't blog with statistics in mind. It would be toxic to let it control your passion and overall outlook on blogging.
    This was a great read and it's interesting to see everyone's different opinions.
    -El x
    blackcoffeeblog.com

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    1. I think they do matter, too, for the same reasons you mentioned!
      Blogging with statistics in mind can become a real joy-killer and toxic VERY quickly. it also tends to be reflected in your blog posts.

      Thank you, El!
      Loved your opinions and thoughts!

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  12. I feel the same way, Steph!! Knowing that A PERSON took THEIR TIME to read what I wrote gives me so much joy. That said, I am certain that I care WAY TOO MUCH about the actual digits. :(

    I will only allow myself to look at actual blog numbers once a week and sometimes if I'm in a slump I force 2-3 weeks before I allow myself to look. I'm just too obsessive!!! And I do not want the digits dictating my day because they most certainly are not an indication of WHO I AM.

    Love the read!! Just keep writing...
    Cheers ~ Trish

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    1. It's an incredible feeling, right!

      I think looking at the stats a pre-determined number of times in a week is a great idea! Stats CERTAINLY don't indicate the quality of your blog- or the type of writer/blogger the you are! But, it sounds like you know that already!

      Thank you for the lovely comment, Trish!

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  13. I love love this post!! When I was reading, I could feel your emotion and the love that you have put in this blog!! Its wonderful! Well done!

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    1. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU, Christina!
      I really appreciate your comment. I'm so glad that you could relate!

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  14. I'm not going to lie, I wake up every morning and the first thing I check is my blog stat. It could be 0 views or 10 views but then the new and old views gives me this encouragement and drive to write more.
    I tried to use the Bloglovin app but I don't really get it. Please can you write a post on it or something 💖 Thanks 💚

    www.cravejade.com

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    1. I think it's brilliant that you use page views as drive to champion through the tougher days.
      I would love it if you could email me your questions about Bloglovin! I'd be more than happy to answer them!

      Thanks Adaobi!

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  15. I absolutely LOVE this post - you've really hit the nail on the head there! Numbers aren't everything, but when you pour your heart and soul into something it's only natural to be pleased when someone then reads and appreciates what you've worked on. I check my stats every day and feel really happy when I've had a good day for views. I don't think there's anything wrong with that :) The only problem is, which has happened to me before, is when you see what you consider 'bad stats' and you let it affect your mood or frame of mind - I find that if I focus too much on numbers and they are bad, I end up being quite unkind to myself. As long as you know that your self worth isn't defined by the the little number on your screen, I don't see a problem with celebrating the fact that people have visited your blog to consume content that you created :) Wonderful post gal! xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

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    1. Thank you for such a lovely, detailed and interactive comment. I really appreciate it!
      It is natural to be pleased!
      I get so excited when I see my page views have gone up for the day- it's an indication that hard work pays off.

      I've also been caught up in a rut when I get bad stats and it starts to influence my mood and way of thinking about other aspects of life.

      You seem like you have a wonderfully strong and mature head on your shoulders! Keep going, gal!


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  16. I do care about stats, if I'm not then I should have set my blog to private.

    Even so, I try not to think about it too much. I once got crazy with stats until I felt exhausted with it. So, I started to relax and enjoy every number the statistics give me.

    But, now I'm a little crazy about blog ranks. lol.

    .:: mommysnextstep.blogspot.com ::.

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    1. You're right about the private thing!
      Stats can be totally exhausted!

      Thanks for the comment and stopping by!

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  17. I agree with everything you said! Views and statistics give me the feeling that people like my posts and that I did something! It can be frustrating to see that the views didn't change, but seeing more views or even comments can be so motivating! Great post!

    Anne, annetheginger.blogspot.com

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    1. I agree; As you said, comments and views can be a great source of motivation and inspiration!

      Thank you, Anne!

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  18. I totally agree. I am always checking my stats to see how many views a new post has or if my views have gone up at all over night. Sometimes I get disappointed if a post I've worked really hard on doesn't get the response I want and other times it's just a nice surprise waking up to a load more views and knowing someone likes what you do.

    Kaye :)

    https://theramblingsofapreachersdaughter.blogspot.com/

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    1. That's the things about blogging (and life)...sometimes there are exciting surprises and other times just aggravating disappointments!

      The best feeling is when you work hard on a post and it does well!

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment, Kaye!

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  19. Great post! I used to get really obsessed over views. I still care, but what I love now are reshares and comments. Those mean the most to me :)

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  20. I completely agree with this! I think it shows you care about nurturing your blog if you take an interest in the stats. Great post, thanks for sharing.

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