I look at my blogs stats page at least ten times, every single day. I hate it. But I can not resist. A moment of spare time, some available device with internet access … schwupps … there they are, my hopefully ever growing friends in blue.
My wife complains that she always finds my stats page open on her iMac, iPad and iPhone. I waste too much time wondering about the numbers, that could be used better. I decided to do something about it. I googled for “stats addiction” and found a lot of pages providing statistics about drug abuse. I hope it’s not that bad. “stats addict” yielded better results. I found this post by Dr. Nicole on Darren Rowse’s blog.
She was an addict as well and had the “luck”, that she couldn’t access her stats page for a month, due to some technical problems. She realized that her blog flourished without constantly checking her stats. And now has ten tips, how to improve our blogs “visibility”:
- Stop checking your stats and stop writing for stats. I confess, I did both. And it didn’t take me far.
- Instead of checking stats, help out a fellow blogger! I’m already working on this.
- Interview other bloggers. Well, maybe I should try this. But later.
- Participate in discussion forums. I do this. But often it seems as I can’t get my point across.
- Check in on your readers instead of your stats! I do this.
- Sign up for a new social network each day instead of obsessing over stats. I don’t do this and will not. I’m active at Geekli.st, Github and WordPress (obviously). That should suffer. Actually I have more accounts I do remember (Google+, Pinterest, Researchgate, Stackoverflow, …) and even more I don’t. I already have a heard time keeping up with interesting things happening on the above mentioned.
- Write a scintillating guest post. I haven’t been invited and I don’t really know how this whole guest-post-business is supposed to work. Properly introduced I would give it a try.
- Reach out to new friends at Stumbleupon, Digg, Reddit, and Mixx. You might call me stubborn or retarded, but I won’t do this.
- Keep a stats journal. I have to elaborate on this one. In a stats journal you manually keep track of new posts, marketing activities for those posts and resulting page views. Well I’m usually a maniac about stats and numbers, but that’s to much for me. An ever raising page views count and possible causes are not that important.
- Read Problogger.net. I guess this homage to the host blog was inevitable, but it still has truth in it. It’s meant broader, to learn about blogging on blogs about blogging. And I already do this to some extend.
But how do I stop looking at the stats? Cold-turkey? Every day a little less? WordPress.com wouldn’t mind to shut down their stats page for me for a month, I guess. That would be another feature request I would add to Rara’s list:
Provide a way to block yourself out of the stats area for a specified time.
What’s your experience? Did you ever consider yourself stats addicted? Did you already overcome it? What helped you? A self-help group?