Week 12 :: of bar graphs, blogging and blue checks

Numbers don’t lie.

I may not be a math or stats expert, but I can read pretty graphs.  And when my stats graphs show a wonky pattern that might as well not be a pattern for all its wonkiness, I start to wonder what exactly I’m doing all this for anyway.

I don’t want to make money from this venture.  I don’t even expect comments or likes, although those are certainly welcome and leave me with warm fuzzies all day if they’re positive and encouraging.  I thought I was perfectly content with carving out my little corner of the bloggerverse and everything else was just bonus.

And I am.  Content, that is.  But I do want to understand why some days are “better” than others, why some posts garner hundreds of views while others languish in the double digits.

At first I thought it was the day (who reads blogs on the weekends?).  Then I thought it was the time I’d scheduled my posts (maybe no one’s on Facebook at 8:30am PST).  Maybe it’s the tags I’m using or not using?

The underlying fear, of course, is that it’s my writing.  Or the outfits.  Maybe some days, I’m just boring.  Or maybe some days, my outfit just sucks.  And that’s okay.  We’re all allowed bad days every once in a while.  But I do wish someone would tell me what I’m doing wrong so I can fix it and do it right.

Because after reviewing each of my highest-scoring days and my lowest-scoring days, I see no correlation that led one to be one way while the other skewed entirely the opposite.  I actually don’t care so much about the dud days; I am most curious about the days that I felt were sub-par at best but which somehow earned the most views.

Like today.  Today’s outfit is my least favorite of the week.

Mystery Friday

Why?  Because it’s a bit bland and predictable.  But I bet, my friends, that this’ll be one of the more popular posts.  And I just don’t get it.  It’s a checked shirt, blazer and pants combo.  Aside from the fact that I’m breaking one of my personal fashion rules by pairing black and blue (because it’s reminiscent of the 80s.  Or a bruise), there’s nothing really innovative or exciting about it.

Mystery Friday

Argh.  This is just way to introspective for a Friday.  I think I’m over-thinking this and  I should just stop putting so much stock on bar graphs.  After all, what’s my teaching philosophy?  “It only takes one kid.  If I can make a difference to only one kid, then I’ve done my job.”  I should take that philosophy and apply it to blogging.  “It only takes one follower…”  Then I think I may just enjoy this adventure a whole lot more.

Mystery Friday

What about you, my friends?  Has there been a time in your life when you over-thought things but you should’ve left well enough alone?  Or, conversely, were there times when you should have looked before your leaped?

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Old Navy
Blazer – eBay
Pants – Daisy Fuentes @ Kohl’s
Shoes – Mootsies Tootsies

Stay tuned tomorrow for the grand reveal of this week’s theme.
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16 thoughts on “Week 12 :: of bar graphs, blogging and blue checks

  1. Anne the SpyGirl says:

    It might be the Russian Bots. No, seriously! 3/10s of my top referring URLs are bots. My 3rd most poplular post is a sketch, not of anyone super famous. It was a week that bots hit me.

  2. […] before suddenly pops up everywhere once someone points it out?  Case in point: I had written a semi-diatribe on blogging stats the other day, and sure, I got a few encouraging comments which did make me feel better but I […]

  3. jenortega says:

    Aw…poor M! It’s awful to overthink things. I should know; I’m an expert. I didn’t really think your outfit today was safe…just cute.

  4. hunterleeann says:

    I used to look at my stats all the time, who liked what how many people were reading, it was really personal because this was my writing and I was scared that no one thought it was any good. I’ve since then stopped caring, I write for me, if someone doesn’t like it, then that’s their problem. I write to express emotion that I’m otherwise allowing to fester.

  5. Don’t worry about states – I’ve long since stopped looking at mine and just go with the flow. Blog because you want to, write about what you care about, show us what you like. I think not only will it make blogging more enjoyable for you, but you’ll get readers you truly connect with. ;o)

  6. Selah says:

    It could have something to do with the comments you post on other blogs. I found you through an interesting comment you made on Audrey’s blog. Maybe you get more page views on days when you comment on bigger blogs? Just a theory.
    Your writing is great! That’s why I visit your blog regularly (I love that you post on weekends!).

    • mtsedwards says:

      I actually do leave comments on others’ blogs but only on those where I have something pithy to say. Otherwise, I feel a bit presumptuous just saying “Nice outfit!” and leaving my blog URL as a calling card. Is that bad?

      • Selah says:

        I meant BECAUSE you leave interesting comments, you might get more blog traffic from them. I never click on someone’s blog when they leave a “nice outfit” type of comment.

  7. Shane Suri says:

    I see you switched to a white background. Nice. Personally, I think you’re over thinking this thing too much. I don’t know how many followers you have but, it’s spring, many people are migrating offline and into their gardens. School is wrapping up for most of the country and parents are trying to find ways of keeping the heathens contained for the two months they will be roaming the virtual streets of XBox LIVE. It’s a busy time so it would make sense that some days are just going to be duds and it really doesn’t have anything to do with you or your writing.

    I can sense your “this outfit is predictable so will garner a ton of views” blah. Of course it will. It’s safe, well within “normal” and something someone might go “Yeah, I could wear that.” Fashion is one of those things that is really an “eye of the beholder” concept. Some might really like what you’ve done and others might be thinking “eek” but won’t say anything.

    Also, it’s the Internet. Unless you’re going to do something wildly crazy and end up as some kind of viral sensation or meme, languishing really isn’t all that uncommon. Look at fanfiction for proof of that. Predictable storylines and characters…thousands of views, something more gritty and mature with characters that behave more like regular people would and a story that doesn’t fit the format of most people’s fantasies and it languishes in the dustbins of ff.net.

    So, just keep on writing and doing what you want to do with this blog and wait to see where it goes.

    • mtsedwards says:

      Blogging from a different perspective. Thanks, Shane! You bring up valid point that I must now chew over and digest. I especially want to ponder paragraph two. Perhaps a blog post in response to it is in order? ;p

  8. MasonBentley says:

    It’s a bit like asking is there an after life?! Keep going x

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