A couple of times a year, I cast my eye over my blog, look at some of the stats, and have a think about what I am doing. Which posts do people like most? Are they the same as the ones I enjoy writing? These and other questions pop into my head, at times when I think about the blog as an online entity, rather than just a personal record of my day to day life, memories of my past, or thoughts on films and songs.
As I have said before, I don’t write the blog to get followers, or to receive high viewing figures. But as bloggers, we would all be fooling ourselves it we didn’t admit that it is nice to have people willing to follow you; to read your stuff, and even better, comment on it. Over the past couple of months, my daily views have risen steadily. Some days, I get more views than I did in a week, just a year ago. That is welcome, undoubtedly. But there is something very interesting (at least to me) behind the increase in these figures. Visitors to the site remain at an almost constant number. For well over a year, I have had almost exactly the same number of daily visitors. Yet views have increased by close to 70%, which suggests that the same number of people are reading more posts, or more likely, that a few of them are reading a lot.
Anything I write involving Ollie is always popular. Niche interests, like film reviews and music, always attract the same people, judging by the comments. The recent foray into posting photos proved incredibly popular, with the highest views on the days that those posts appeared. Despite losing a few of my longest-serving fellow bloggers, for reasons that they have told me about outside of the public forum, the new crop of visitors and followers appear to be resiliently loyal, whatever my output. In that respect, I consider myself blessed, by the online companionship of these valued individuals alongside those who have stuck with me since the beginning, and have always been cherished.
My advice remains the same as it has always been. If you follow someone’s blog, read it. Comment on it, even re-blog it, if you think it good enough. Don’t just click ‘like’, and move down the reader to the next one. If that’s happening more than it used to, then you have to face the fact that you might just be following too many other blogs. And keep blogging. You know it makes sense!
As always, my thanks to everyone who has viewed, commented on, or followed this blog. It is always appreciated, and never taken for granted. Pete.