So, this past week my entire family has been sick. I’m pretty sure we were sick from around Christmas until this weekend. I was weak from being sick and taking care of my toddlers, so I didn’t post much. This left a lot of free time, and I ended up doing what I always say I won’t do- checking my stats too much.
I checked Twitter, WordPress, and Pinterest any free chance I could find. My Facebook page sucks, because I haven’t put too much effort into it yet, so at least I didn’t worry about to the same degree.
I fell into the blogger trap of comparing myself to others. I saw how well some of my favorite bloggers are doing, and it made me feel like a loser. I’ve had different blogs over the last 8 years, and I’m finally serious about it. I’m finally at the point where this is what I want to do. I want to be a successful blogger.
I know it takes time and a lot of effort. You also have to have the right mindset. I spent these last 3 weeks feeling pretty low on the tier of incredible bloggers I follow, and that’s the worst way to go about stats and writing in general. You have to stay positive and put in your best effort.
Here I am, thinking about stats. I don’t talk about my numbers too often unless I’m proud and in awe of the support when my numbers spike from a post. I want to share though, because even if I’m not a big time blogger, I am proud of how far I’ve come in these last few months.
- Views 2,471
- Posts 61
- Followers 219
- Monthly Views 12K
- Followers 488
- Followers 1,298
So there ya have it. That’s where I stand as of this morning. I post 2-4 times a week depending on our schedule. I always post on Mondays with my “series” Mondays Love to Hate. I write about a mix of topics like family, makeup, style, and everyday life as a SAHM.
What I Love About Checking My Stats
I like checking my stats at least once a week. If I don’t do it everyday, I stay fairly proud of my efforts. My stats grow slowly, but they still grow. It makes me happy that people want to read what I write. It’s so rewarding to read a comment where someone says “this was a great post,” or they engage in some way to let you know they can relate.
I ultimately write for me. My blog is my happy place when I’m stressed. Letting it all out as I type and format helps me to breathe and unwind from the chaos of everyday life.
Don’t get me wrong, I love my tiny tots, but I have a 3 year old and an almost 2 year old. My husband works 9-10 hours, and besides the daily call to my mom, I talk to kids and pets all day. The blogging community and my blog space, are where I can interact with other adults. My blog is to me what Sarah and Duck is to my kids. It makes me smile.
Seeing my stats grow, even at a slow pace, makes my blog even more special. I’ve had blogs in the past, but my heart wasn’t in it the same. Whatever the numbers say, I already feel like I’ve accomplished something.
What I Hate About Checking My Stats
Some days, I hold my breathe when I check my stats. I know it’s going to be low by the amount of likes and comments that I’ve responded to. I can feel the low days before I even click the button. It’s not the actual numbers that make me feel bad, it’s that terrible envy that creeps up.
Being jealous or envious isn’t a good look, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have those moments. I’m very guilty of comparing myself lately. I just want my blog to do well. It’s not about money, although, making money is the eventual goal. It’s about views for me. It’s about sharing my experiences and having others relate.
Over Thanksgiving, my Pinterest was up to 21K views a month. It’s down to 12K. I post consistently. I make my own vertical graphics. I share and manage my boards daily. It’s just a yo-yo, and it frustrates me to no end. To be fair, I share and pin a lot of content and not all of it is from my blog.
I was hesitant about Twitter, so I’ve only had one for a few months. It’s actually been wonderful. It’s nothing like I thought it would be. It’s a great community. There are trolls and the occasional mean girl that I’ve had to deal with, but it’s a great place to share my links and connect with people.
I’m always so happy for other bloggers when I see them get sponsored posts or pr packages. I’m human though, so parts of me wishes I could be on that level too. I know it’s about putting in the hard work. I know what it takes, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to do.
It’s not easy to put effort and time into a post for it to get a small amount of likes and views, but that’s blogging. Some days, my views are wonderful, other days, they are low. I try to stay positive and keep working, because that’s what you have to do. I can’t say that I will always be in the right head space, but I’m not perfect.
Being sensitive isn’t easy when you’re putting your content out there for the world to read. You need a back bone. You need to be able to brush off the negativity, but it’s hard. It’s tiring, and it can get overwhelming.
I’m going to blog for a very long time. I’m going to write until I have nothing left to write about, and I can’t ever see a day where that happens. It’s hard to not be where you want to be, but everything takes work. Hard work and positivity are the best ways to succeed in the blogging world. It takes time and research. You have to learn the lingo and how to go about sharing the smart way. I’ll admit I have a lot to learn. I’m still learning about things like SEO and all the other ins and outs. You have to grow with your blog. If you don’t evolve, neither will your stats.
I’m going to continue to look up to other bloggers. I’m going to keep writing and trying to reach my goals. I will tweak layouts until they are where I want them. I will share and engage everyday. I will try to do everything that I think it takes to be a good blogger, but I’m also going to remember that you can’t control everything.
Numbers are always going to be there, but how you look at them is up to you. I’m going to try to stay positive. Growth is good, even on a small scale. The biggest thing I have to remember is that I didn’t start this blog for the stats.
Feel free to share your opinions on stats and what they mean to you. Blogging isn’t easy, but it is love!