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.