Day 4 of Blogging 201
OK – Day four of Blogging 201 is a little scary. Today we took a look at our stats. It’s actually something I’ve tried to stay away from so that I don’t have any inklings of failure about my posts. Being new at this, I like to keep to the 10:2 rule that we use with students. For every ten quality comments or likes, I’ll let myself take in 2 pieces of constructive criticism. And stats might end up being that constructive criticism. So, I have to be careful.
Perhaps I’m like the proverbial ostrich with her head in the sand, but for me positive interaction is a bigger motivator than looking at what might not be happening.
None the less I’m a good student, so I decided to take a glance at the stats. Here are some fun things I’ve found:
- I’ve had visitors from 5 continents: North America, South America, Australia, Europe, and Asia. For a west coast USA girl to be able to say she’s had a visitor from Estonia or Sri Lanka is pretty darn cool. And five continents is a whole lot more places than I ever would have reached before this blog.
- My post Growth Mindset (or lack thereof) – finding humor and human in a difficult situation has been the most popular, followed by What in the World is Wondering – and how the heck do I teach it?! . While I may not be reaching the top ten on Google for teacher blogs, I’m hitting a much wider audience than when I was writing college essays for one professor.
- My most popular day is Tuesday. I attribute that to the Tuesday Slice of Life Challenge sponsored by Two Writing Teachers. What a blessing to receive traffic from there. I love that community of writers. If you haven’t checked it out, you should.
In the end, stats didn’t end up being a four letter word today. Looking at them actually felt pretty good.
I’d love to know your tricks for taking in the stats. Do you get stuck on them or use them as a motivator? Which part do you find the most useful?