Stats?, We don’t need no stinkin’ stats.
A few weeks ago, a blogging buddy suggested that I change the way I publish my blog, requiring readers to open the post in their browser. I thought this would be a good idea as it would require readers to see the post as I intended it and it also would give me a better view of my actual analytics.
The blog is five and a half years old and next week I will publish my 2,700th post, (admittedly, some are better than others). According to WP stats, I have just under 500 e-mail followers, there have been just over 30,000 visitors and 124,000 views. I use Twitter, Linkedin, Tumbler and occasionally Reddit to help get the blog distributed accross the Fruited plain and beyond. Yet, the WP numbers are lackluster at best and they didn’t appreciably change when I altered the format.
I poked around a bit and found that Linkedin also keeps stats and it seems that more people were linking to my posts via Linkedin, than WP was reporting as a total readership. (Common Core Math?)
I can only surmise that WP analytics are not that reliable. I have heard that there are other tracking programs you can add on, but when I tried them a few years ago, I was not able to get them to work.
So, maybe there are more people reading the blog than I thought, but when I get curious and ask for everyone reading the blog that day to give me a “like” or a comment, there is little or no response.
Using that method, less than a dozen people actually read SVU.
Good thing that my self-worth is not built on a foundation of this blog.
I will continue on, because in the words learned from Kurt Harden, “I blog to amuse myself”.
What do you do?