Blogging for the message not the stats

Blogging for the message not the stats

I don’t know why but I’m obsessed with my blogs daily “stats”. Actually who am I kidding, I do know why. I want to matter. I want to write something that people want to read about. I want people to like my blog and I like me. When I had that crazy day on my blog that got 2,216 hits, it was only on one article. One article that I neither wrote completely nor was what my blog is typically about. I might have received over two thousand hits in one day but it wasn’t my typical readers. It gained me no new exposure nor new audiences.  All in all that exciting day didn’t do much for my blogs exposure. I got upset watching my blog numbers go back down to these little stat numbers.   That’s another thing, why does my blogs exposure matter? What is my goal for my blog? That’s the real question.

i started writing this blog for me, with no set goals in mind. I wanted to meet and reach other people in similar situations. I was hoping maybe someone might learn something, laugh, feel happy reading, relate and look forward to reading the blog. I was hoping that maybe one day I’d get a following. Then maybe I’d advertise the things relating to multiple sclerosis that I believe in.  At the end of the day the blog is still about my daily life with multiple sclerosis. It is about how my daily life mixes with my chronic illness. The 57 reasons I am becoming a vegan blog post that got me over two thousand hits http://www.multipleexperiences.org/2016/11/30/57-reasons-im-going-vegan-according-to-nursingdegree-net/ reached people who were looking at vegan experience items when my blogs is mostly about MS. Wrong audience so the hits weren’t sustainable.  I need to remember I started this blog just over 5 months ago. It takes time to build up a blog and followers.  I’ve read some fabulous posts about building a following including this one from shopgirl anonymous https://shopgirlanonymous.com/2016/12/08/behind-the-scenes-a-shop-girls-blog-success/ and opinionated man https://aopinionatedman.com/2016/12/02/how-did-you-get-so-many-followers/  bottom line is even though it was very exciting for that day to see my numbers rising, it was superficial. I got sad when my numbers when right back down and stayed there.  I needed to put the work in, in the right places to build a following.  Most importantly though I need to write my blog for the original reasons I started writing. I need to write about my daily life with multiple sclerosis and stop trying to come up with topics I think will get more hits.  No one is checking my work at the end of the day. No one is patting me on the back to say good job.  This blog isn’t my job. I certainly didn’t start it to supplement my income.  I actually love doing it.  I hope I could make a difference one day to someone who is going through a similar journey or someone just relates somehow to somethings I say.  I hope my wacky humor comes across and someone smiles.  That’s the reason I write each day. Does that mean I’ll stop looking at my stats, LOL hell no. I like the numbers that’s just a me thing to do. However I will do my best to keep it in perspective.

 

9 thoughts on “Blogging for the message not the stats

  1. Hi, You blog everyday, I read everyday, I enjoy reading your posts I have learnt so much which gives me more knowledge the stats are like age, just numbers, but the good as bloggers that we feel expressing ourselves is worth everything . And as i Say, be happy always……xx you are doing a great job !

  2. Despite how much the blog is a hobby, the fact remains we didn’t choose a private forum, we chose a public forum, because we wanted our message out there. It’s only natural that we need those stats to know that our efforts and words are doing just that. 😉 But sometimes we can get carried away in trying to create “shiny” to draw people in. We just want to make a marking and have our voices heard. 🙂

    Beautiful post!

  3. I sure understand. That’s the way I felt at first, but I don’t just want ‘likes’ and ‘follows’, I want connection. That being said, Thanks for visiting our blog!! It was nice to see you. Had you not visited, I might not have found your delightful blog (which I followed). I hope you’ll follow us and join us on our next adventure!!

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