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Blog Stats

Back in November and December, when I published all those Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes, magic happened. All of a sudden, the blog was getting 500 – 600+ hits a day. I watched in amazement. The two top posts were Mom’s Fruitcake Recipe and Divinity Candy. The Divinity recipe still gets about 3 hits a day. Go figure. I only started collecting recipes when I discovered I wasn’t a great cook, and needed some fail-safe recipes to protect myself. Life is funny that way.

The rational side of my brain knew it was temporary, sort of like being a rock-star; you know it is an aberration, you know it can’t last forever, and you can’t help but love it. I was addicted. I would look at those blog stats in sheer wonder.

It all came to a screeching halt the day after Christmas. Oh, yeh, a few loyal fans kept the stats up until New Year’s, but the drop after Christmas was dramatic – like 300 people a day. Running the recipes did attract a good number of regular readers who continue reading, but nothing like before Christmas.

WordPress has these great charts for displaying blog hits, feeds, readers, even daily hits on individual articles. Until January 25th, I am stuck with a statistics chart that shows a huge readership to the left, and a dribble to the right. I am eager to have the chart entirely normal once again so I can keep things in perspective.

We all have our own reasons for blogging. One of mine is to put down in writing some records of things I see, think about, hear, my reactions to events. I don’t want to care about statistics, they are irrelevant, maybe even detrimental to my purpose. . . .but I do.

How about you? do you check your statistics? Do you follow who is reading your blog? Where readership is coming from? Is this a good or bad thing? Does it interfere with your purpose in blogging?

January 15, 2007 - Posted by | Blogging, Communication, Random Musings, Recipes

10 Comments »

  1. […] by adiamondinsunlight on January 15th, 2007 My aunt Intlxpatr just posted an entry on blog stats, asking her fellow bloggers their purpose in blogging and to what extent the blog statistics […]

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  2. I think I blog for three main reasons: Im curious about people’s reactions, I want to express myself, and I want to test my writing skills. I defintely check my blog stats. It’s nice when I release a part of a story and the numbers surge. It makes me feel like plenty of people are following 🙂

    Comment by 1001 Nights | January 15, 2007 | Reply

  3. actually i check my stats all the time and where my readers are from and what posts attract the most visitors. yes it does affect ur purpose of blogging, it did mine. buts its not such a big deal, u get readers, cool…… u dont… they will come and from what i have seen, u got urself a nice number of hits:) ur average 5000 hits a month, which is pretty amazing!

    Comment by Fonzy | January 15, 2007 | Reply

  4. yes i know what you mean..

    i have a love-hate relationship to blogging, sometimes i want to put my thoughts down and enjoy the blog and other times i want to give up

    one thing though: one shouldnt let the amount of reply posts affect ones actions

    sometimes nobody posts and sometimes over 20 post – youd be surprised at the kinds of posts you might think will get a great feedback – which dont – and the trivial ones which you dismiss, get big feedback..

    Comment by amer | January 15, 2007 | Reply

  5. 1001 – You were one of my inspirations for blogging. I remember reading your serialized fiction and thinking what it must have been like in London, waiting for the next chapter of Our Mutual Friend, or Great Expectations. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, Zin has a new series started called Vows. You’ll have some catching up to do before you read the latest entry. Don’t miss 1001 Arabian Nights.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 16, 2007 | Reply

  6. Fonz – Totally LLLLOL – my stats are artificially high due to all the recipes. YOURS are approximately 7,000/month, on your new blog, and you didn’t even blog for two weeks!

    Everyone checks in with The Fonz! He posts the most amazing and up-to-date news in a wide variety of areas. I think he sometimes posts five times a day!

    Hope you are back in peak physical condition after your bout with the virus.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 16, 2007 | Reply

  7. Amer – your response is closest to my own feelings . . . I watch the stats, but sometimes it is with dismay. And I just have to trust that some of the deeper posts reach people who are not commenting, that maybe they will be brought in by one thing but go on to discover another.

    If you have not read my friend’s blog Hilaliya: A Kuwait State of Mind, he gives insight and analysis into the goings ons of the Kuwait governmental scene, and social scene, too. One of my favorite blogs.

    Welcome back from your spiritual journey (Hajj) and may your new year be full of blessings.

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 16, 2007 | Reply

  8. Thanks for the kind words and best of tidings and good wishes to you as well friend.

    Comment by amer | January 16, 2007 | Reply

  9. I’m not quite understanding what all
    this is supposed to be about?
    Must be me or something…

    Comment by MaryAnne | April 26, 2007 | Reply

  10. Yep MaryAnne, must be you. I don’t allow spam on my blog.

    Comment by intlxpatr | April 26, 2007 | Reply


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