Another Blogging Milestone

I noticed this morning that my total of followers had tipped over the 5,000 mark.

The figures from WordPress add up to 5,007.

Blog followers. 4718
Email only followers. 38
Twitter and Linkedin folowers. 251

It doesn’t seem that long ago that to get 100 followers seemed unattainable. When I got to 1,000, I thought that would surely be it.

We all know that follower numbers don’t make a blog. Most of them fail to actively follow anyway, and having 90 followers who comment and engage is as good as having 2,000 who never bother to do that.

But 5,000 looks good on the page, and is worth recording, I think. 🙂

My thanks to all of you, as always. Pete.

The Best Blogging Day

Yesterday, the 10th October 2019, turned out to be the best-ever day so far for views of this blog.

620 views in 24 hours beat the previous highest figure by more than 30.

Once again, I have to thank all my readers in America, as that country’s contribution of 342 views made up well over half that number.

Stats don’t mean everything to most of us bloggers, I know. But hitting the highest ever figure was notable, and very pleasing to me.

I thank everyone who keeps reading and following this blog.

You make it all worthwhile.

Best wishes, Pete.

Hei Suomi! (Hello Finland!)

I have never been to Finland, though I am sure it is a nice place. Other than Helsinki, and the various battles fought over Karelia, I don’t know a great deal about it.

Checking my stats earlier, I noticed that someone in Finland had read four of my posts today. Or four people had read one each, I’m not sure.

So, whoever you are in Finland, I say Kiitos, (Thank you) and Kiitos käynnistä, tervetuloa uudestaan. (Please come again).

I do love the facility to see where the posts are read around the world, so I thought it was high time I started to show some appreciation.

Toivottaen, (Best wishes) Pete.

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.

Total visitors so far.

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

Total 4,816

Posts Published.

Most popular day.

Biggest views on one day.
Sept 2nd, 2019

Most popular category.

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!

The Jamiroquai effect

Regular readers since 2016 will be aware of me writing about this blogging phenomenon. In that year, I posted about the once-popular British band, Jamiroquai.

This was just a thought on my part, and one that I didn’t really expect anyone to be that bothered about. Despite a few top ten hits, and a loyal fan base, the band and its front man, Jay Kay, had stopped recording and performing some time back, and I was just wondering what they were up to.

I could never have guessed that this would become one of my most-read posts, with views currently in excess of 5,000. I continued to write posts about how the subject was attracting world-wide interest on my blog, and then in 2018, they finally released a new album. It wasn’t well-received, and vanished almost without trace. So, once again, they were ‘gone’.

Despite this second disappearance, the post continues to be read every day, without fail. Just this morning, I noticed it had already been read five times since I logged on, and since 2016, not one day has passed without someone somewhere reading that post.

So the next time you hesitate to publish a post, thinking it might be too much of a ‘niche interest’, remember Jamiroquai. 🙂

An Untended Blog

People who enjoy their gardens might well tell you that untended plants are doomed to die. Some can be left to their own devices, and will come back miraculously every year. But most of those that really adorn a garden need regular attention, and a little love too.

Much the same applies to your blog. Put up a few random articles, ignore the likes and comments, and you will soon discover that it will not flourish. Don’t bother to reply to people, fail to read their blogs, and don’t invest in being part of the community, and you can be sure to see your blog wither away on the screen, until you might just as well delete it.

If you want to get the most out of blogging, you have to regularly add relevant content to attract readers and followers. Then you have to engage with them, show them that you value their involvement and input. Ignore this advice, and you will soon be posting everything for just one reader. You.

If that is what you intended, that’s fine. It is not compulsory to bother with anyone else. Just blog for yourself if you want to. But is that really why you started? Didn’t you want to connect with people, maybe some like minded bloggers from all around the world? To express your thoughts or opinions, promote your writing, tell strangers what you were feeling, or where you had been? If so, you really do have to tend that blog, just as a dedicated gardener will care for their cherished rose beds.

Many of you will know that I have another blog. Some of you even follow it, and I thank you for that.

This was always intended to be an ‘occasional’ blog. Something different, and a change from what I write about here on beetleypete. I deliberately only post now and again, as the mood takes me, or an issue makes me angry or interested enough to comment. It is very much an ‘untended’ blog. Only 153 posts in six years, and just 237 followers listed. Most days, it is lucky to receive four views. The average daily viewing figure is just one. (1!)
During July, it had no views at all on ten days of that month, and archive posts older than one year are almost never explored, read, or commented on.

That’s fine with me. I have my main blog, and this other one is just a ‘toy’ at best, and rarely played with. But it stands as a good example of an ‘untended’ blog.

So if you want to get the best out of blogging, and to find it rewarding, fulfilling, and most of all, enjoyable, learn from the gardeners.

100 A Day

No, this isn’t about cigarette consumption.

Recent weeks have seen me delving into the stats once again.

Despite the potential world-wide appeal of my blog, at least in places where English is spoken, visitors from America account for at least 100 more daily views than from anywhere else. Some days, that figure exceeds 150. On many occasions, it also exceeds the total from all the other countries combined.

Once again I have to conclude that I owe a debt of gratitude to my American followers and readers.

As always, you have my sincere thanks.