Stats are quite controversial.
Some people think that you should never look at stats, while others believe you should look at them like a few times a week, and then others believe you should cHECK EVERY SECOND AND MAKE SURE YOU’VE GAINED ONE GAIN IN THE PAST NANOSECOND.
Obviously, I’m the last type. Except I check stats every millisecond.* Or nanosecond. Whichever’s smaller.**
Last week… or some time recent… (I’M SORRY I CAN’T KEEP TRACK OF TIME) I wrote a post about why I love blogging and in it, I talked about how I love good stats! That incited some discussion in the comments, and I’m so intrigued by it*** that I decided to write a whole post on it!
Well, a whole post on the general view on blogging stats and then MY view. Because everyone knows I like to insert myself in everything because I’m just that
I KNOW YOU’RE EXCITED.
*JUST KIDDING. I’m not that obsessive. I think.
**I don’t do math okay.
***Or I’m running out of post ideas,,, but yOU DIDN’T HEAR THAT FROM ME.
The accepted view of stats in the blogging world is this:
You shouldn’t really look at or care about stats.
Now, I can definitely see how this makes sense! It’s basically saying, “Hey look, numbers don’t matter! You’re successful no matter what! You and your blog are amazing even if you have low stats! Don’t care about stats! You’re beautiful! EAT MANGOES!!!”
Okay so maybe not the mangoes part… (I’m sorry, I’m hungry okay*).
But the blogging world believes that you and your blog’s worth are not determined by the amount of followers, likes, views, comments, etc. you have. And I agree with this!! Numbers never define you, in terms of stats, grades, height, weight, etc.
(Actually, my sweetest friend Marie talks about stats & popularity, and it’s a post I definitely recommend checking out!)
Or… the blogging world believes that you should NEVER EVER blog for stats/numbers, which I KIND OF disagree with. Like yes success comes in different ways, but stats are a part of your growth as a blogger?? Why wouldn’t I blog for success????
*This is my excuse for everything because I’m hungry all the time.
Now MY PERSONAL VIEW on stats is this:
Numbers (quantity) aren’t as important as interactions and enjoyment (quality), but it doesn’t mean that they’re BAD or UNIMPORTANT. (Just don’t obsess over them.)
You can’t measure blogging success. (Another subtle hint to read one of Marie’s posts I’m sorry I love her so much.)
There are SOOO many ways to measure success as a blogger—but JUST ONE isn’t right. For me, interactions, enjoyment, and a growing blog is a sign that I’m being successful. And some of these things I can determine are through stats.
Stats don’t always mean that you’re growing or improving, but sometimes, it does. It’s the “easiest” way to measure your success (because how do you measure the quality of the interactions/friendships you have… do you count how many times you talk to people???).
Because of this, I think that stats are actually pretty important?? They can help you feel more confident about yourself, and show how much you’ve improved over time! Of course, they can also make you feel negative when they’re not so good, but that’s where the interactions and enjoyment of blogging comes in.
Plus, it’s pretty helpful in determining whether or not a post was well-liked or not. A lot of what I post are things that I hope my readers will enjoy / relate to / be able to talk a lot about, so if I see that there isn’t much response to a post, I probably will try something else.
(I’m all about talking to people… despite… hating social interactions…)
BUT. All that being said, I DO think that it’s important to not get SO. OBSESSED. with stats that you forget about making friends and interacting with people and just enjoying blogging!!
Stats are fun to analyze, sure, but I think that no one should overanalyze them. It doesn’t do anyone any good to look at stats and go, “Oh my god I got fifty views today but only seven visitors ARE ALL MY STATS THE SAME VISITORS VISITING ALL MY PAGES AND POSTS????”
Honestly who even wonders this. I don’t even pay attention to visitors tbh.
Numbers will never define you, but they still are important to some people. And that’s okay!
I’m honestly super excited to hear about what y’all think about this topic??? I feel like blogging stats is a very shaky subject to talk about, so OBVIOUSLY I want to shook you* and make you question what YOUR opinion is!!
Also I kinda sorta maybe really want to see your thoughts on “measuring friendship” because how the frick are you supposed to do that.
*I’m trying to be cool and hip here but it’s not working. (It never works.)
what is YOUR view on blogging stats? do you think they’re important? do you look at your own stats? how do you measure your blog’s success? through stats, friendships, popularity, etc.? TELL ME ALL YOUR THOUGHTS!!!
p.s. this post is a day late & not really well-written & pretty short because 1) i’m falling behind on nano and it’s stressing me out, and 2) it was my BIRTHDAY ON FRIDAY!!!! and i wanted to just spend the day with my loved ones <333