Okay kids. before we start, I’d just like to say that this post isn’t a response to anything or anyone specific. Nobody has said anything to me either directly or indirectly (I think) to make me want to write it.
It’s more a general feel I get after over 3 years of blogging and being on social media. I see comments and Tweets about it all the time.
It bothers me sometimes, though. It bothers me that some people feel the need to Tweet things such about how they don’t care about pageviews in a way that belittles those that do, about how it shouldn’t be a competition, about how stats aren’t important to them, just blogging.
The statements themselves are fair enough. If someone doesn’t care about views, then that’s fine. We all care about different things and have different priorities in life. There are plenty of bloggers who will be responding to a question on a Twitter chat and say they’re not fussed for stats. Job done. Fair enough. That’s great. No issues here.
But there are some comments made that come across like they are having a dig at bloggers that do care.
I think my frustration comes from the intention behind the comments. The tone. It’s very much a ‘I’m more genuine than those who care about pageviews’.
A sneer at those want more followers. Because wanting attention and to be popular and well know is such a bad thing, right?
I’m sure you’ve seen similar Tweets before, I’ve witnessed many a times bloggers having conversations on Twitter amongst each other where they are clearly taking the piss out of bloggers who care about pageviews (or making money, getting followers etc). I’m not talking about a simple comment that could be taken out of context if you read it in a bad mood. I’m talking about obviously slating others.
I’ve made it clear a thousand times that everyone blogs for different reasons, some care more about followers than others, some want to make money, others are happy with PR samples, others are happy just blogging what’s in their head.
It’s kind of like the scheduling debate. Some bloggers will blog in the spur of the moment, with no real schedule. Others have a schedule they stick to, some are strict, others are flexible within their schedule.
That doesn’t mean the blogger who has a schedule is better for being consistent, or the blogger that writes on the spur of the moment is better because they’re writing more from the heart with true passion when they get the urge.
The blogger doing it right is the blogger who knows what works for them. What makes them happy. What makes them want to carry on blogging.
Whether that’s blogging every day and tracking every single social media follower, or whether that’s not even having Google Analytics installed because they’re all #YOLO.
Why I care about pageviews.
I love blogging. I love connecting with others, I love writing and taking photos and everything else that comes along with blogging.
I also love pageviews. I like getting comments and new followers. I like seeing the blog that I spill so much of my free time into growing getting viewed more and more each month.
I want to get to 10k Twitter followers. I want 30K pageviews a month. I want to make more money so I can think about going part time at work.
I love this and I want to make it work for me. And I’m not going to be ashamed of that, or feel like I should hide it.
Blogging is a hobby, just like running, for example. When I started running a few years ago. I fell in love with it. I couldn’t run far at first, but I kept pushing myself to get better, to beat my previous run until I was up t0 10 miles. Then I worked on my speed, pushing hard to get my 5k time under 30 minutes. I wore my Garmin watch and kept checking in, doing intervals, doing long run, short runs, until one day I did it! I beat 30 minutes. Then I wanted to get faster and faster. Better. I wanted to improve. Beat my PR.
In most hobbies, there’s areas to improve on and many people work towards these. It’s part of human nature.
So why should blogging be any different?
Whether you want to blog every day in May, or reach 200 posts, or get your first 500 Twitter followers, or get 1000 pageviews a day – part of human nature is to push ourselves, set ourselves goals and get better.
To succeed. And of course, what makes a blog or blogger successful varies.
What makes a blog successful, I think, is if it fulfils the needs and goals of the blogger writing it. No matter how big or small, no matter how many posts or people reading.
Here is a picture of my caring about my pageviews.
There have been times when blogging hasn’t been as important to me – mainly when I’ve been busy with other things that take priority, so I wasn’t tracking pageviews all the time then. Or at all, in fact. But that’s okay. I’ve spoken about that in a few posts, such as the blogging monster and how I felt about not hitting my 2015 blog goals.
Our situations change, we all have different priorities. Like how I go through months where I’m obsessed with my Xbox, then the next month it’s not as important to me.
I’m sure if I had a husband and kids, my priorities would be different.
But I don’t. I can’t even get a boyfriend. Lolz.
I think what I’m trying to say is that we’re all different.
We have different priorities, our hobbies differ, what’s important to us differs, or favourite TV shows and music bands differ and our reasons for blogging and how we blog – that differs too.
I just wish everyone would stop slating each other for it.
We should encourage each other instead, no matter what our goals are. Not drag each other down.
How do you feel about blog stats?