Seven Years: A Blog Appraisal

I tipped over my seven years as a blogger at the end of July, and I am looking forward to the eighth year in 2020.

I thought to have a look at the current ‘All Time’ stats provided by WordPress in the ‘Insights’ feature.

Total views as of today.
277,610

Total visitors so far.
82,270

Follower totals.
WP 4,561
Email 37
Social media 218

Total 4,816

Posts Published.
2,710

Most popular day.
Monday

Biggest views on one day.
Sept 2nd, 2019

Most popular category.
Blogging

Most popular tag.
Guest Post

It’s important not to become obsessed with blog statistics, but I always find them interesting.

If you have just started out, take some encouragement from these figures.
And remember, my blog is small!

Not Around

Just to let everyone know, I will be ‘off the blog’ for a few days.
So if you don’t see any comments from me, or get no replies to comments or emails, don’t worry.

I’m not dead… (Yet)

I will do my best to catch up when I can, but no doubt will miss a lot of your posts.

Meanwhile, I have posted a lot today, so you still have something to read. 🙂

Pace yourselves…

More reblogs

Just to let you know in advance, I have been checking my archives.
Be prepared for more reblogs. Posts that have hardly seen the light of day, or are totally unknown to most readers and followers, since 2015.

Apologies to all my long-term followers who have seen them. But they need a fresh audience.

Best wishes to everyone, Pete. 🙂

Got the painters in

That title means something else, in English slang. Apologies to anyone who found it offensive. I just realised, after publishing.

But in this case, it just means that the decorating continues, at least until late tomorrow. In practical terms, this means that I am unable to get access to the PC, when the painter is doing the various doors in the hallways/corridors.

So, no new posts, and a delay in replying to all the blogs I follow, or comments received on my own blog. Sorry.

It should be back to normal on Thursday, ready for Easter. That’s until the carpet layers start work, soon after. 🙂

Best wishes, Pete.

Catching Up

Even after just a few days away, I came back to numerous blog comments and follows, as well as more than sixty blog posts from blogs that I follow.

Over the past two days, I have done my best to catch up with those posts, and to answer all the comments on this blog. But if I have missed any in the process, I send my apologies to those bloggers concerned.

I assure you it was neither personal, nor intentional.

Back to ‘normal service’, from today. 🙂

Best wishes to all, Pete.

338 to 38

Many new bloggers love to read articles and blog posts about blogging. I have published many myself, on that very subject. One thing that disheartens so many bloggers, is how few views they get. Added to a lack of comments, they can often feel that the whole thing is pointless, their blog read by family and friends, and all their excitement about starting that blog has come to nothing.

One of the main tips I give them is to make sure that they are posting content regularly. Whether they have a niche blog on a specific subject, or a varied blog about anything and everything, new content may well find a new audience. One that the previous post failed to capture. Keep posting, continue to put your stuff out there, and it will hopefully get attention in time. But of course, many do not heed that advice. They post excitedly at first, then become dejected by lack of engagement. Their output slows down, and finally stops.

So I offer an example of how important it is to keep posting, irrespective of whether you have 4 followers, or 4,000+.

I recently put out a post explaining that I would be away from the blog for a while, and would not be posting much, or keeping up with everyone I follow. The day before, my main blog had received 338 views, higher than my daily average. Today, my blog has so far received just 38 views, back to the figures I used to get the first week I started out, in 2012.
But I understand why. I haven’t posted any content since a film review on the 19th, and in just two days, my daily views have dropped by 300.
Content is King. Good content is even better.

Learn by my own example here, and keep writing. Keep posting your photos, keep crafting, or whatever it is you do. No content equals no views.

After all, why should they bother, if you don’t?