I loathe the to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
Now with 100% more country stats! Oh, can I please have more ways to confirm that no one is reading? Please, my ego isn’t fragile enough, but I definitely need more ways to categorize the handful of people reading this drivel. I loathe blog stats. Despise them, yet I am addicted to refreshing that page. I’m undoubtedly admitting a habit that many bloggers share. I am obsessed with watching that little graph. When I post something I become a women possessed. I will constantly be refreshing my WordPress iPhone app to see when people read it. If that number moves, I then immediately check my email to see if any other bloggers ‘like’ my post – or better yet, comment!
My views are never enough for me. No matter how ‘clicks’ I get per day, which isn’t many, it is never enough. I’m never satisfied. I wouldn’t go as far to say it ruins my day, but since I started blogging it is constantly on my mind. It is probably safe to assume that when you log on your computer for the first time that day you have a little routine of internet-y places you visit. Everyone’s is slightly different, but mine used to go Facebook, Email, Get Off My Internets, then finally Daily Mail (It pains me a little to list this one, especially given my degree in journalism). Since I started blogging however my first stop is now the WordPress stats page, which I will generally leave open in order refresh with alarming frequency.
Since I have a little time on my hands lately (READ: unemployed) I decided to sit down and try and maximize my page views. WordPress actually have a section with tips to increase your readership. Obviously, social networking is a big part of that, so I spent sometime creating a Facebook page and Tumblr account. Commenting and liking other blogs is also recommended, but to be honest I barely have enough time to comment on the blogs I already follow let alone trying to add more for ‘clicks’ sake. I also started posting to Reddit and StumbleUpon. This gave my page views a major boost. You’d think I’d be happy, or at least happier. You would be wrong.
I essentially, kind of, spammed Reddit with a few of what I consider my better blog posts. My stats definitely jumped, but I didn’t get one single ‘like’, follow or comment. I had no idea what these new readers thought – I got more views but no extra feedback. It quite honestly sucked. On the second day of sky-rocketing page views I realized that I was no better off having more views if no one was engaging with me. Its not as if I generate ad revenue from page clicks, so all these extra ‘readers’ are no better than bots. In fact, a large percentage probably were bots.
During my very regular stats-refresh-email-check dance I actually got a comment. It was from the very lovely notthesinger who had nominated me for the ‘Very Inspiring Blogger Award’. To say I was chuffed is an understatement. Notthesinger said it best,
I’m pretty thrilled to know someone out there is taking the time to read my blog, let alone be entertained or at the very most inspired by it! So cool!
Indeed, so cool! Because that’s what I wanted. I wanted someone to read and maybe identify with my writing – not page views. When I was getting only a few pages views per day at least they were corresponding with a new follower, comment or ‘like’. When I was getting hundreds with no feed back it was a hollow victory.
“This is a blog written with such wit and honesty that I look forward to each and every post. It covers the reality of everyday living- the struggles, the heartaches and the small joys that are enough to make us all feel a little triumphant.” Notthesinger about my blog, cryingingthebathroom.com
Accepting this award comes with some strings attached, they are:
- Display the award logo somewhere on the blog.
- Link back to the blog of the person who nominated you.
- State 7 things about yourself.
- Nominate 15 other bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs.
- Notify those bloggers that they have been nominated and of the award’s requirements.
Seven things about me…
- My name is not Ryn Lee, its a pseudonym based upon my name so I can blog with a reasonable amount of anonymity.
- I love Spongebob Squarepans – I find his humor irreverent.
- My Mother left my family about 15 years ago, haven’t heard from her since.
- My two star crushes are Quentin Tarantino and Stephen Merchant. They have brains I want to fuck.
- I haven’t had a hair cut for about 2 years, I just can’t be bothered and I hate sitting there making chit chat.
- I have an almost inappropriate amount of love for all cats and dogs. I actually miss my cats when I leave the house, and if I see a cat or dog when I’m out I will go mental.
- My nickname is Spoons, and my favorite food (this chilli and onion roll from my local bakery) is called ‘Spoon crack’ – only by me and my boyfriend, I don’t very well walk up to the counter and order spoon crack.
My Nominees for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award are… *drum roll please*…
- nailsbails – Such a funny guy, very much related to his post ‘If Not Meow, When?’, if you have a cat you will too. Plus he does original drawings to go with each post.
- Organised Chaos – Absolutely beautiful poetry, she has never posted anything I don’t adore. Plus she is all around lovely.
- faithandmeow – Fiona writes with such grace about horrific incidents in her life. Yet she still possesses such spirit, so while it may be harrowing to read sometimes you can see she has truly come a long way. The only way is up for Fiona (and her cat Shalimar).
- The Byronic Man – He is so funny, and such a gent to interact with. Plus he looks like McDreamy from Grey’s Anatomy, so there’s that.
- CaptainAwkward.com – The best advice on the internet. So many times I’ll read a question and think ‘how in the hell would I respond to that’, then the Captain and her crew just pull it out of the bag with their unfailing logic.
Okay, so I couldn’t quite do 15, I however reserve the right to add to this list in the future. Only once during the writing of this did I refresh my stats. Improvement.
How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43) by Elizabeth Barret Browning – excerpt adapted slightly, changes are my own. The original is quite beautiful, if you aren’t familiar I suggest you take a gander here.