My stats fluctuate more than Oprah’s weight (or mine for that matter), and I’m not entirely sure why. That being said, I’ve decided Fuck that. Fuck that a lot.™
I no longer care about my stats. As long as there are more than 3 people (Mom, me, and me) reading my little blog venture (and I know you’re all out there), I’m a happy Chrissy. Actually, I’m more than a happy Chrissy. I’m ecstatic.
If you’re busy worrying about how many people view your blog each day…STOP. Because it shouldn’t matter. Are you writing for you, or are you writing for them? Do the stats make you panicky? Overwhelmed? Nervous? Excited? Pick you up then drop you down? Do you feel like it’s a rollercoaster that just. won’t. end? Get off the ride. When it comes to a rolling stop at the station, stand up and call it quits. On the stats. Not your blog.
Build your community. Focus on relationships, not numbers. Make friends in the blogosphere. Comment on other blogs. Make new friends. Troll the comments sections of blogs you like. If you like them, you’ll probably like others who do as well. Become active on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or join a new social media platform altogether, like Triberr or Yappem. Join my social media communities. Connect with me. Connect with other bloggers. It’s all about networking, not numbers.
Do I actually love my stats? No. Because I rarely look at them anymore.
What’s your favorite part of the blogging community? Whether you’re a writer or a valued reader, how do you get involved?
I don’t look at my stats anymore although I do feel that little twinge when a post doesn’t get as many comments as other posts.
My fave thing about the blogosphere? You. And Katie. And all the other bloggers that I’m “friends” with. Because just because I don’t see you in person doesn’t mean I don’t consider you a friend.
And I’m SO glad we’re friends. Because you’re awesome.
I’ve stopped looking at my stats too. It stresses me out too much. I love writing my blog and that’s all that matters really.
I don’t have stats. For that matter…I don’t get it anyway! But I never miss Quirky Chrissy.
You’re a peach, Ma.
It’s a cause of a lot of stress. High numbers = $$$ and isn’t that why a lot of us do this? I don’t know what to do so I’m going to have a glass of wine now. How you doing?
I can understand that. But companies are still focused on the stats that don’t matter–like page rank. Bring on the wine!
The thing about stats is they’re always different depending upon which source you use. Your blog host gives you one set, Google Analytics gives you another, and then there are half a dozen sites you can go to that claim to tell you how popular you are. Each and every one of them comes up with a totally different number, and there’s no way of knowing which one is right.
Yup. And Google wants you to pay them. So they change numbers up and shit. Whatevs. You guys are here, I must be doing something right? Right?