When starting a blog, it’s tempting to check out your statistics constantly to see what’s working and whether people are enjoying what you’re doing (We’re so guilty of this!) but after seeing a post by Kellie on her blog bigfashionista.co.uk (which you should go visit now!), it made us think about whether statistics are really important. This post was originally posted here, but Kellie kindly said we could share it here.
After three years of constantly checking my stats, striving to improve my weekly figures and trying to use the data to see what people like to read and what they don’t like to read, I’ve now gone completely STAT-FREE.
It’s so liberating. I’ve uninstalled my Google Analytics and even taken the app off my phone. Not only have I got to a place in my life where I accept who I am, I am now accepting what my blog is as well. Will my traffic still continue to grow? Of course it will. Just because I don’t check my stats each day, it doesn’t mean people won’t be reading, it is content that brings all the readers to my yard,
And if there are any PRs that need my stats to be able to work with me in the future, well why not look at the interaction on my blog, the amount of fantastic and witty comments left by people who read each day.
That is worth a hell of a lot more to me than any numbers in a column.
And it should be to any PRs as well.
The stress is off, Stat-free is the way to go for me.
Thanks Kellie! So, over to you guys. What do you think? Could you go stat free? Do you pay much attention to your statistics?
I pay attention for the professional blogs that I maintain (as it’s part of my job!) and I look at the reads I get on each issue of Telegramme, but I never really bother to look at the stats on my personal blogs. It was never about the numbers for me – I’d write whether people were reading or not :)
I used to worry about it a little, but my blog is still only new and I enjoy doing it so much that I just don’t need to look at my stats any more! The best thing is communicating/ making friends with other bloggers from all around the world, we all have something in common to chat about! <3
So true! That’s one of the things I’ve loved most about blogging – meeting so many amazing people :)