As much as some bloggers like to claim that they don’t care about their stats, we all want that reassurance that someone out there is actually reading what we have to say and that we have grown in some way over the weeks, months or even years that we’ve been at this. In the last #lbloggers chat, Ella, from She and Life (one of my favourite blogs), hosted and posed some interesting questions on growing your numbers over the summer.
My views have steadily increased over the last few months but now that I’m getting out more (gorgeous weather!) I’m posting less consistently and I’m worried that this could be reflected in my stats. I think that if the seasons are going to affect blog stats, it’s only really going to be for students (who are able to blog more in the holidays), parent bloggers (who might blog less in the holidays as they’re able to spend more time with their children) and full-time bloggers who are going on holiday. For the rest of us, who work full-time and blog in their spare time, I would imagine numbers are pretty consistent and tend to be reflective of the frequency of posts and/or SEO quality. The trick is to still be sharing old posts and remaining active on social media even when you don’t have time to blog. I try and make a habit of updating Instagram and linking those posts to Facebook and Twitter so that people can see when I’m getting material for an Exploring Cornwall post or similar.
Some posts, such as items of the day and reviews, appear all year-round, although changing fashion trends are reflected in item posts. I do like to post Christmas gift guides, however.
I’m not currently paying for advertising myself but once I’ve built the old Facebook page up a bit, I might try ‘boosting’ posts over there.
I’ve just started an Excel document to track mine. I try to only look at my stats at the end of the month but it’s hard not to take a peek every now and then. If they’re low, it just encourages you to try harder, which is never a bad thing.
Simples – blog about your adventures!
Of course, the beauty of blogging is that it’s international. When one blogger heads to bed for the night, another wakes up ready to start the day. And when one is frolicking on the beach in the blazing hot sun, another is wrapping up in winter woolies. Does that mean their content is any less relevant?
Regardless of whether or not the questions that pop up in the chats are relevant to your blogging status, there’s always plenty of inspiration and encouragement to be had. You might even meet someone who has the same non-blogging interests as you!
I feel more inspired as I have more ‘real life’ to write about, rather than staying in and sulking over the shitty weather. There’s not a lot to do in Cornwall when it’s wet. But then that could be a challenge for my winter posts this year.
I struggle with finding the time to fit everything in! And affording to do everything I want to do…
Lemon Drizzle for the win!!!
You can’t beat a nice summer walk – great for tourists searching for things to do in your area and a nice photo opp. I’m always doing wish lists and window shopping. Readers don’t expect you to be buying everything you blog about.
I love this bit cos I usually get loads of great recommendations.