I belong to a book blogger’s group where we share ideas and rants and support. It’s a good place to learn when you’re new as well as being a supportive community, which can be rare online.
One blogger mentioned that they had 30,000. I presumed followers and checked out their blog, where they had 600 followers so I presumed that the number must be views, which led me to checking my own. I had the most startling revelation. I have nearly as many views right now as I did all of last year.
Mind you, I know I’ve been having a rough streak for the past year mentally (hopefully you all haven’t noticed), but some days it’s been harder to show up and follow through, and I think that the stats show that. I’ve been trying this year. Heh. That makes me think of the alternative meaning….difficult, annoying, and hopefully I’ve not been that.
But, stats? What’s it all mean, jelly bean? Now, honestly, I have been comparing my blog to those of other book bloggers so that I could see how I could improve. Whether I was providing you all with some yummy books to read, some intelligent books to read, and whether I was doing a fair job on reviewing the books I’ve been given. Frankly, I believe that I’ve toned down my pugnacity, if that’s the appropriate word. Considering that I’ve hit a wall as far as getting my own novel off the ground, I sometimes feel that I can’t pummel writers who’ve managed to get a beginning, middle, and ending, and publish it, whether it’s self-published or traditional, even if their books suck. It’s all in the follow through.
Do you look at your stats? Do you care about your stats? What’s it mean to have a lot of likes on a post? The most views (over 2034 in one day) I ever had on a post was early on when I did a review of a James Lee Burke novel, was fortunate to have the author (James Lee Burke!!!!) read my review, which sent a lot of people my way. As a beginning book blogger, I was over the moon. Unless I write something stupendous or achieve some stupid greatness, emphasis on stupid, I doubt I’ll ever get that many views on a post in a day. Or maybe not.
Stats can be a slippery slope if that’s all you’re going for because you might write things (like posts about stats, hehe, kidding) just to get views.
I’m not naive or idealistic enough to presume that follows, likes, and views, don’t matter. It all matters when you’re a blogger or else you’re just spreading hot air in an empty room. And, we all don’t want an empty room. Or a lot of hot air. Nor a big head. I’ll stop there before I get any of these…especially the empty room.