I can’t seem to get over the fact that I’ve been on WP for over a month now!
Ever since I joined WordPress, my life has changed. I begin the day reading interesting, informative and creative blogs; then spend a few more hours formulating thoughts and ideas for my own blog. The amount of time I spent on the computer caused:
– My mother-in-law to think that I have a new job.
– My son to remark,” Ma, Can you leave your blog for at least an hour?”
Point taken! Now, I try not to sit at the computer when the kids are at home (and some days I do manage!)
Yet, surprisingly, my family has been very supportive. My son expressed interest in reading my blogs and he does so from time to time. My hubby is an avid follower and the good husband that he is, offers his valuable feedback only when I ask him to. He even commended me in front of his cousins the other day.
We met them over the weekend for lunch when they asked me, “So, what have you been doing since you quit your job?” To which my hubby proudly replied, “She’s a full-time blogger”. (A status I’ve now been elevated to from full-time homemaker!) They were intrigued and asked me what my blog was about and what I wrote about. When I told them the name of my blog, they were mighty impressed. I couldn’t help feeling grand!
But there was one thing that had been nagging me for a while now; The Site Stats. I’d read and heard about blogs that get over a 1000 hits a day and over a 100 ‘likes’ a post. The maximum ‘views’ I ever managed was a measly 34. And I wondered how I could garner more traffic. Yes, I am one of the Stats junkies who keep a hawk-eye on the Stats every day, noting how many hits are logged every day; where, when and why are they coming from.
Where are they coming from? My Site Stats tell me that the majority of hits (audience?) come from across the seas on the other side of the world. When and Why? I haven’t figured out that yet. But knowing that my audience (?) lay on the other side, I tried experimenting with the time of posting to generate more hits. I posted early in the morning (‘their’ time!) hoping ‘they’ would log in as soon as the sun rose. I posted late at night (‘their’ time again) hoping ‘they’ would log in before going to bed.
Nothing worked. So, last week, I decided to throw the ‘time experiment’ out of the window. Instead, I posted my blog when my audience was fast asleep in the middle of the night. And the site views breached the 60+ mark! Eureka! But the scientist in me knows that an experiment can be deemed a success only if the results can be reproduced at least 5 times, if possible in a row. So, I decided to test the ‘success’ by posting at the same time again the next day. The needle stuck at 34. And the day after, it dropped to an all-time low of 12!
But then I had an epiphany and I remembered why I started blogging in the first place. For the joy of writing! Yes, it’s wonderful to have great support and feedback, but that shouldn’t be the purpose of blogging. So, I’ve decided to stay away from the Site Stats (maybe steal a glance occasionally!) and stay on track to write and share thoughts and perceptions of life as I know it.
This post is in response to Daily Post Writing Challenge: Mundane to Meaningful