This week I caught sight of a twitter conversation discussing how important some people found stats. You may remember I moved to a new domain. Since then I haven’t bothered to set up my google analytics. Nor change my wikio RSS( not that they ever updated the previous one), nor add a tots100 badge to my blog. I have no idea how many people have been reading my blog and I don’t care! It’s the interaction between my readers through, comments, tweets and emails that natter to me. Knowing my readers like what they are seeing.
When I had all the analytics set up it was all too easy to write to get readers, to progress through rankings. But I didn’t start my blog so that I would be the top of charts and leaderboards. I started it so I could get things on paper and write about my experiences.
And now I’m no longer aware of my place in rankings I am again writing for myself. I’m not writing for rankings I’m writing for me.
People say ‘oh but it matters more for PR requests and reviews’. Maybe it does but I’m pulling back from that, I’m accepting fewer and fewer invites and product offers.
I’m returning to my roots and the reason I started. It feels great!
I do wonder weather doing NaBloPoMo has been beneficial or weather it has infact lost me readers. I do find myself wondering if certain posts still get the most readership. But I won’t go back to looking at stats because its all too easy to be drawn in and say oh I have them but don’t really care! If you have them then you care, deep down in that bottom of your soul, you care! No matter how much you tell yourself you dont! By not having the option there at all I can’t get sucked into that cycle again! Admittedly I don’t have the time to but I think if its there I would.
Do you have your stats set up? How often do you check??