Delving into the stats

I generally like to have around 50 views a day. Any less, and I feel a little short-changed. More is good, obviously, and when there are over 100 in 24 hours, I am always very pleased. That’s enough for me. It’s a humble blog after all, so I don’t expect more. Some days, views drop to less than 25, especially if I haven’t published anything for a while. Considering how many supposed ‘followers’ I have, it would appear that only the same thirty-odd people bother to comment, or add a ‘like.’

But we don’t blog for views, comments, or likes, do we?

Unfortunately, the irresistible stats page always draws me in. This is more relevant (to me) when I have published a post that I really enjoyed myself, and believed that it would appeal to many others too. Tonight, I was intrigued by the subject of averages. Some of the blogs I follow have had over 400,000 views in much the same time that I have been blogging. Staggering figures indeed, and well done to them for achieving such results. I felt prompted to look in detail at my figures for this blog.

In 44 months of blogging, I have been happy to have enjoyed 52,000 views. When I started out, I imagined this figure would be in the hundreds. So tens of thousands is something heartwarming to me, and I feel very satisfied. I worked out the figures. (With a calculator) 1338 days, into 52,000 views. Have you got it yet? It is just about 39 per day, less than I had hoped, but a fair average. So it would seem that my target of fifty views a day is not being met. One day might see 120, another 25. I have learned to appreciate the law of averages.

I didn’t do the same thing with comments, as half of them are my replies.

Sometimes, I wish that the stats were not published. But I understand why they are.

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35 thoughts on “Delving into the stats

  1. Kudos to blogging. I actually envy you for these online friends who regularly comment on your wall. that only shows that they read what you write. I think having a higher stats is actually a bonus. I get an average of about 150 hits a day and visits of around a hundred. It does not really matter much if we don’t get so many visitors, what is important is getting one’s message across and hopefully, someone would find it inspiring enough.

    You are doing well, keep it up.

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  2. The stats page is definitely something I have a love/hate relationship with. I am way newer to blogging than you, so I would love to even have 25 views each day. But, it is a process and it takes time. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Hi Joanna. Thanks very much for the comment. The stats page can drive you crazy, if you let it get into your head. This post was meant to be about that very thing, and how some bloggers – myself included – place far too much importance on them. After almost four years, I have finally managed to get over ‘stats fever’. I have another blog that meanders along happily for weeks, without a single viewing. That fact no longer bothers me at all. The one ‘blogging truth’ I have learned, is that images or photos can double or treble views, whatever they illustrate.
      Have a couple of days where you don’t look at the stats at all, and you can begin to ignore them eventually.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  3. I don’t get anywhere near as many views as you & my images do not get much attention despite adding tags and keywords. Maybe I should take that as a hint!

    It is also very hard to find time, quality time. I’m guessing those blogs that attract big numbers are a full time job for the blogger and may even be those that throw in the occasional competition.
    We’ve discussed the country stats before and as said above, thats interesting.

    Bill O’ told me about your blog and its your blog that inspired me to get started. So, actually….. Thank You.

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    1. Cheers, Jimmy. I am very pleased to think that a recommendation from Billy got you started out with your blog and website. What you do is very different to me, and to other bloggers. As well as that, I have a lot of spare time on my hands, as I am retired. You specialise in a certain area, and need a site to promote your work. If and when it takes off, your site will be a showcase for your talent.
      So, no need to worry about current trends and stats in your case.
      Best wishes as always, Pete.

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  4. If you happen to find that lower stats are on days without pictures, that’s because on the reader page, just having text, it might appear to be part of the following post by someone else and you get passed over. Put in a small snap-shot of Ollie or Beetley to grab the reader’s attention. Just a suggestion.

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  5. Dear Pete,
    your stats are very good! When we publish a post, the stats go up for appr. two – three days and then they drop again. If we have no time to blog and make revisits, they drop deep down. The stats inspired us to write about the dark side of blogging. We were wondering if we are in one boot. We obviously are. I feel like you, concerning the stats. Klausbernd likes to analysis the reactions.
    If you hit the core, like you do with your writing, the photos are not that important. Our current post about blogging got more comments than likes, that’s unusual, but obvious and the pics are not relevant.

    Reflections upon blogging is vital to stay a happy blogger. It’s time-consuming and demands a lot of one’s attention and to ignore this facts leads to dissatisfaction. I think the ones with the high scores attract readers outside the community of WP.

    Several years ago, almost at the beginning of my blogging career, I wrote a post about the symbolism of cats. Klausbernd helped me with symbolism, it’s in one language only, a few pics from a fellow blogger and the net … Will you believe it:
    the stats say: only a few likes, only a few comments, but this post actually appears in every weekly best viewed stats. And when WP sums up the last the year and sends us the stats, several times “Die Symbolik der Katze” is the post with the most clicks throughout the year. And WP then encourages one to produce more stuff like this. We tried. It didn’t work, no matter how much work we invested. So what. We have to live with it. And I have learned there are many ways to read and interpret the stats. And still, when the WP message “your stats are booming” appears, it puts a smile on my face. πŸ™‚

    It’s raining in Norway, but tomorrow, at long last, the sun will come out. πŸ™‚
    Greetings from Fredrikstad, Dina x

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    1. Thanks, Dina. I have a post like that. ‘The Driest County In England.’ This is viewed every day, and almost never commented on, or liked. Yet there it is, consistently the most popular post on my blog. That’s because the views are generated from Google Search, not WordPress, so it is viewed from all over.
      This post was actually meant to be humourous, given the low numbers of daily views. I was trying to imply that I kept going, despite a very low readership, and took myself seriously enough to work out the stats. I failed to get the irony across, and depended on that kind of self-deprecating British humour to do the job for me.
      Your own blog continues to be a marvel of excellent writing and striking images. It is always one that I anticipate the next post from, and it never fails to deliver.
      Love from Beetley. Pete and Ollie. X

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  6. There are writers whose primary motivation is widespread recognition and financial reward. While there is nothing wrong with desiring success, these writers are potentially setting themselves up for a great deal of frustration, the result of which is that they will either resign themselves to their fate, or else abandon their writing ambitions altogether. Personally, I write because I enjoy the process, and because I know I’ll take pride in having accomplished the difficult task of translating images and ideas into words. Naturally, I’d love to see a devoted readership, even a small one, but I don’t let “failure” to find readers deter me from the joy of exercising my talent or lack thereof. In my view, writing is its own reward. There is an expression: “Art for art’s sake.” I believe in that one hundred percent. Where am I going with this? The point I’m trying to make, Pete, is that while statistical analyses may provide congratulatory or discouraging insight into the audience you’re reaching, you mustn’t let the results affect your desire to blog, or let them dampen your enthusiasm with respect to your blog’s share of the interactive online community. As Nike’s slogan dictates: “Just do it.” Be proud of your blog, be proud of yourself for writing it, and, hey, if a few readers happen upon it and leave a comment or two, just smile. It’s icing on the cake.

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    1. I agree with all your comments, David. Believe it or not, this post set out to be amusing, even ironical. It was poking fun at a blogger with a tiny readership who is bothering to worry about the daily stats, and draw some significance from the random numbers.
      I should have written it as a short story perhaps, using a different name, and made-up numbers. By using my own stats and blog, it obviously came across as a serious analysis, especially as I have posted similar themes previously.
      As I am sure you know, if nobody ever read or commented, I would still do it.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  7. They are good numbers Pete, especially when you consider you have so few pictures, remembering that each picture clicked generates an additional view. I find the countries chart the most interesting.
    All the best, The Winkos

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    1. I tend to look at the countries too, rather than the individual numbers. This was meant to be a bit silly, poking fun at small blogs that took themselves rather seriously. I didn’t really get that across at all, did I? I will try harder, next time.
      Cheers mate. Pete.

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    1. I get the point, FR. Actually, this was meant to be a lighthearted post, about one person with a very quiet blog, even bothering to look at stats. (Yes, me…) I failed to get that across, in every way.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  8. Just a note to say I am enjoying your blog. As a brand new blogger I didn’t realize how much statistical data would be available to me. I guess it shouldn’t be surprising given my accounting background, that I find myself checking my stats again and again. I need to remember that I started my blog to push myself to do the writing I enjoy. If others enjoy it too, that is a bonus!

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    1. Thanks very much for your comment. The stats can be interesting, if you don’t let them start to affect your enjoyment of blogging, or your reasons for starting out. As you look at more blogs, and see other bloggers with 20,000 followers, and 500,000 views a year, it is tempting to think, ‘why bother.’ But that’s just the time to remind yourself why you began, and to just do what you enjoy, irrespective of the stats.
      This was actually meant to be ironical, poking some fun at myself (and others) for taking any of it too seriously. I completely failed to get that across. I must ‘try harder in the future’, as my teachers used to write on my report card!
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Thanks, Ben. This post was meant to be a little frivolous. In the light of blogs with thousands of views a day, I was trying to be amusing about tiny blogs like mine, and how we can often take ourselves a little too seriously, myself included.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  9. I think you’re doing great. I agree with Lloyd that many people read but don’t bother to like or comment, which does make it one-sided. On the other hand, once you start following a few blogs, if you like or comment on each post, you’d be spending all day. I try to restrict my time a bit, and avoid looking at the stats too often.

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  10. I have found myself too focused on the reaction to a specific post – I try not to, but I am. I also know that certain posts, which I share on Facebook fan pages for certain Artists, give me thousands of views and hundreds of comments…but the next day a post will simply not move the needle…the life of a blogger…I shared your blog with my Sister, who began to follow you…the great thing about the internet is that we both now follow the life of someone in England who we’ve never met, but enjoy his musings…and I’m sure there are many more who haven’t let you know yet!

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  11. Congratulations Pete on your stats. You obviously have a loyal and enthused following of which I count myself now as well. I have noticed sometimes people will like a few posts, follow you and then when you follow and like their stuff they cease to like or comment on your page. They might still be enjoying my blog and it’s nice to have a follower but makes the relationship feel one sided. I had this wonderful comment last month where a gentleman said he’d been following my blog for a while and just wanted to say keep up the good work. Wasn’t a blogger himself, just enjoyed reading it. Reminds me we don’t know who is reading and how much they’re enjoying it so stats are cool for indicating some of this. Keep up the great work Pete.

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    1. Thanks, Lloyd. A few times a year, I wrote posts like this one, after examining the stats. I would still continue though, even if they were just 0:0, because I have met so many good and interesting people, with much to offer.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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