Addicted to Blog Stats

20 days ago

Blog stats are addictive.  You start out just checking them to see where people are coming from, marveling at how people as far away as the Ukraine are finding your little American blog.  You're excited by whatever traffic you're getting, figuring that it will grow by leaps and bounds the longer you keep writing.

But at some point, you start getting frustrated with whatever number your page views happens to be.  And you start wondering about other people's stats, imagining them higher than your own.  And then, finally, you enter a stage where you are hitting refresh every few minutes, anxiously awaiting each visitor.

That's the point where you need to admit that you have a problem.  You're addicted to Google Analytics.

Listing Towards Forty has a post about how a single blog post changed the entire way she viewed her blogging stats.

Then, one post skewed all my Google Analytics expectations. Due to some lucky keywords that post got almost 200,000 over the course of several weeks. It continues to get daily hits ever since. I knew that one was an anomaly, but I still felt my expectations shift. Posts that got hundreds or even over a thousand page views, numbers that used to thrill me, now left me wishing they had done better. That's when I became addicted to Google Analytics.

Go read Listing Towards Forty's post and then 'fess up to your own Google Analytics addiction.

Image: Titanas via Flickr

Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her novel about blogging is Life from Scratch.

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