Padding my stats, please read!
Who is the WordPress smarty pants who figured it was a great idea to give bloggers access to their blog stats? Well I for one am not impressed. A silly idea if you ask me but unfortunately, they didn’t ask me.
Let me explain my reason. I started blogging just as a personal journal to chronicle my boys’ adventures and milestones. It was initially just a private collection that I happily maintained without stress, then I shared it with a couple of my friends and they being my friends, told me that they were awesome and that I should go public. Me being gullible, did exactly that. I churned out blog after blog and although I hoped that people were reading them, it didn’t really matter for it was just a fun hobby.
Then one day, my blogging experience changed. I found my Site Stats! Sweet! I now could keep track of how my blogs were doing and more importantly how many hits they were getting! I was hooked. Immediately after publishing a blog, I would go to my stats to see if it was getting noticed. One day to my surprise and delight, I had 201 hits! I thought I had hit the mother lode and on my way to being a bonafide blogger. Little did I know it was just a tease to keep me hooked. That number has never been duplicated since. (Talin, one of the bloggers I follow, has almost 70,000 hits and almost 11000 followers!)
My Stats checking finally got the attention on my wife. She noted that I was better when I just blogged about things I was passionate about rather than blogging to satisfy readers and get hits. I agreed with her but it was too late. I couldn’t stop. Blogging solely about kids wasn’t really a bestseller so I punctuated my blogs with posts that I thought would be more interesting than my kids playing in the yard. Sorry boys.
I have no plausible reason for this fixation with my blog stats. Sometimes I study them like specimen in a petri dish, breaking them down by blog and date. I watch the hits counter climb with nervous anticipation like Obama on election night. I love seeing the double digits! Yeah baby, yeah!
- WOW WP Stats! (karenhobi.wordpress.com)
- WordPress.com Brings Site Stats to Dashboard (techmadly.com)
- Vital Stats (thevintagestylequeen.wordpress.com)
- Your Stats Have a New Home – WordPress.com (en.blog.wordpress.com)