Blogging Blues: Tell Me Stats Aren’t Everything

December is here, and it’s a big month for me. Obviously, the holiday season is here, which means lots of Advent activities, followed by Christmas and the New Year. My grandfather is coming for a visit, followed soon thereafter by my mom and step-father. The three of them will be snow-birding here in Florida this year, so we’ll get to see them a lot. December also marks my birthday (one of the BIG ones) and my wedding anniversary (which are all BIG ones) and lots of opportunities to have food and drinks and laughs with local friends and family.

So, when I sat down at my computer this morning, on this first day of December, I fully expected to be energized and happy and festive.

Then, I logged into my WordPress account and looked at my blog stats for November.

Sadly, November was one of the worst months I’ve ever had on the blog, based on the number of unique visitors who stopped by. Sure, there were months when I was just starting out, almost three years ago, when the actual NUMBER of visitors was lower, but that was before I had any followers, before I had any exposure on other social media sites, and when I had very little content for people to stumble across.

Yes, this was a blow to my blogging self-esteem. But, even more, I was disappointed because when I look back over the blog posts this month, there were some interesting and engaging posts. I tried to mix things up. I attempted to provide some more variety and different perspectives. I thought some of these posts would be much more popular and stir up at least some discussion:

Now, I realize this isn’t a general interest blog, and I don’t expect to ever be listed on some year-end “blogs you have to read” kind of list. But I think all of us who blog hope that what we are putting “out there” for our readers is something they can use.

So, it is back to the drawing board, looking for inspiration.

Let’s see what December brings.

Have a great weekend, and happy writing!

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13 thoughts on “Blogging Blues: Tell Me Stats Aren’t Everything

  1. I think we had spikes and ended the month a bit flat. I loved the Flannery O insights! She’s one of my favorites. And may I point out that you are a wise man saying that ALL your anniversaries are big ones! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m also sure you mean it. Happy Anniversary. Happy Birthday. Happy December. Blog on!

  2. Stats don’t tell the whole story. Your posts show up in my inbox. I am reading them! But I rarely comment. Sometimes I don’t have much to say. But more frequently I am reading your blog posts on my phone – and it is a hassle to post a comment. So keep plugging along!

    • I do think that’s a good point, regarding the email delivery. I have quite a few people who read that way, and I guess it only makes sense that those “views” don’t count…Thanks for reading, no matter how… ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Well, I was going to be all insightful about email delivery and NaNo, but others seem to have gotten to that point before me. Oh well!

    For what it’s worth, I didn’t have a stellar month at FindStuff2Read.com and I was giving stuff away!

    That reminds me, I really enjoyed “Most Dead Birds are Never Found”

    • Vikki, I think one thing that was mentioned above might be playing into your stats…email followers. When the reader gets an email with the blog post, they may read it without “checking in” on your actual blog…
      At least, that’s what I’m telling myself! ๐Ÿ™‚
      I know my own reading habits include reading the email version of a lot of blogs (or, to be honest, skimming a lot) but I only click on over to the blog itself if I want to interact…

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