Not being a professional blogger or even a particularly aggressive one, I still enjoy looking at my stat report to see how much activity a particular blog may have generated.
After blogging for well over a year now, I proudly passed the 15,000 hit mark a short while back and then on November 21st, I experienced my busiest single day ever … 132 hits!
I realize this is peanuts in the grand scope of the world-wide blogosphere, but for little old me, it provided a much needed injection of enthusiasm that I hadn’t had for a while.
Then it struck me.
I actually had not posted a new blog in over two weeks, and yet, my very busiest day ever took place during this period of inactivity! I studied this situation for a while and even did some research to try to figure it out.
What I noticed quickly was that many, if not most of my hits were coming from innocuous posts I’d made months ago on such esoteric topics as the mental condition of Ignatius J. Reilly, the protagonist of the novel “Confederacy of Dunces” by John Kennedy Toole, the sometimes less than flattering story behind the Pilgrims and the “Mayflower”, and a brief throw-away quickie that I hacked out called “Pondering the Meaning of Life” … in which I really did very little actual pondering.
What the …. !?!
Actually, nothing I’d written lately was producing hits!
I dunno, but I still wanted to take advantage of the jolt of adrenaline I got when I first looked at the stats, so I jumped right into a creative rant about today’s Christmas decorating and shopping rituals.
Timely, seasonal, broadly appealing … everything that I supposed a blog should be.
If material I wrote months ago still had legs, then this thing was bound to knock’em dead!
Well, “dead” would be a pretty apt description of the response.
Since writing my “sure thing” blog, my hits per day has dropped steadily from the dizzying heights of November 21, down to the current average of about 25 per day.
Don’t get me wrong, there was a time over a year ago, when I finally reached the level of averaging 25 hits per day and I thought that was pretty good. But, not now.
Hah!! Now, I’m a seasoned blogger!
And by blessing my audience with a snappy well thought out seasonal blog, I figured to reach even new heights!
NOT happening! Go figure.
In what appears to be a classic illustration of LESS is MORE, if I’m to believe my dashboard, statistically I’m better off not to write more than once or twice a month. Maybe even less often!
Of course, I’m being facetious … sort of … but not entirely.
Like I say … this blogging is a curious activity.
Post Script: When I pressed the “publish” button, I got a message that contained a series hints for driving more people to your blog. Hint #7 … Blog More Often. So there ya go! Intuitively, that makes perfect sense. In reality, I still wonder …