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.
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.
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.
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