The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme with a prompt featuring a book related question. The hop begins on a Friday and ends on a Thursday and should hopefully give people the opportunity to learn something new about the blogger.
The Book Blogger Hop can be found on Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer and obviously my answers can be found here!
This is an complicated question because the answer is a combination of ‘yes’ and ‘no.’
How the heck can I explain that response?! No idea, but I’ll try.
When I first publish a post I guess I tend to be ‘semi-interested’ in how many views/ likes it gets but by semi-interested I mean if there is something that crops up on my stats dashboard that I find unusual then I’ll take a further look. If there’s nothing remotely unusual I don’t tend to look at individual posts to see how many views they’ve gotten.
Now by ‘unusual’ I mean if the little view bar looks incredibly high for overall blog views (by my blogs standards) then I’ll take a look and see how many views the most recent post has gotten because it could be that particular post has piqued people’s interest and caused a surge in overall viewings.
The only time I’ve really looked at a specific posts views is if its a post that is a new ‘type’ i.e. new meme or feature just to see how I think it’s doing.
I also tend to look at the views of the Fairy Tale Friday feature that I do (still doing guys, just slightly delayed!) as it’s my least popular feature so I want to see if people are remotely interested and also which fairy tales people are most interested in. That’s more curiosity on my part though.
But I believe the follow up questions should be a) does looking at the views matter? and b) does it impact what you do with your blog?
The answer I would personally give is a) maybe and b) maybe.
Does looking at views matter?
Views by themselves don’t exist in isolation. Blog Post One could have 500 views and 50 likes and 5 comments and Blog Post Two could have 50 views, 45 likes and 15 comments.
What do those tell you? By you, I really do mean you.
Well it depends on what you are measuring for your blogs ‘success’ – if you measure at all and also what your definition of your blogs success is. If you measure on views than Blog Post One may very well contain the content you want to continue to deliver. If you measure on comments then it will be Blog Post Two.
If you measure success on how many likes a post gets than Blog Post One and Two are relatively equal however you may then decide to look at it from a ratio perspective – Blog Post One has 50 likes from 500 views so that’s a 10% ‘success’ rate while Blog Post Two with its 45 likes from 50 views has a 90% ‘success’ rate.
I don’t know. It’s about what you want. If you want anything at all.
Does looking at views impact what you do with your blog?
It really depends again. On you. Everything depends on you. Seriously. It’s about what makes you happy.
If you measure success via views then you may take Blog Post One as success achieved and Blog Post Two as ‘failed.’ But you may have hated writing Blog Post One with every fiber of your soul while Blog Post Two is the content you were born to deliver.
It’s up to you what you do with your newly discovered data. If you want to drive views because that’s what you want you may decide to suck it up and keeping writing Blog Post One esque content. Or not – because you write a blog for funsies and life is too short.
My Fairy Tale Fridays (as mentioned) is my least popular feature in terms of views/ likes whatever but the individual comments I’ve received are incredibly encouraging so I know there is an audience. That audience may be small but its enthusiastic. I also really enjoy doing them for myself so that’s why I continue.
I feel like I can’t stress that point strongly enough – I enjoy doing them for myself.
HOWEVER as posts the Fairy Tale Friday’s are time consuming to write and I don’t find myself with a lot of time *sobs quietly* but because I love them and there are a few people who also seem to like them I have decided to continue doing them but move them to a once a month feature.
(I know I haven’t done one in a while – oops. I will)!
Maybe there’s a supply/ demand element to your posts. Maybe there isn’t.
Honestly, it goes back to you doing what makes you happy.
Can I stress that again?
This very simple question has turned into a journey and a bit of a tangent so let’s end my garbled nonsense here!
Sooo many blogs and blog posts to choose from especially as I’ve done a catch up this weekend but I’ve decided to go with my top 5 (it was such a hard choice). In no particular order of amazingness because they are all amazing:
Louise @ Foxes and Fairy Tales has given us 5 Apps Every Blogger Should Try
Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads has been uber creative with her Book Recs Based off of a… Random Noun Generator (I cannot wait to do this myself)
Sophie @ Beware of the Reader asks Are Romance Readers Subpar Readers? (she’s a huge romance reader so don’t look at the title and freak out!)
May @ Forever and Everly has blessed us with her knowledge with A Mini How to Blog Design Guide on Making Your Blog Look Pretty
Margaret @ Weird Zeal tells us Why I Don’t Like Writing Negative Reviews
I am very interested in how people organise/ run their blogs so I’d love for you to tell if you check your posts for views (or likes or comments for that matter) and also what you have in your mind as a successful post.
I’d also love to know whether you look at views in isolation or in conjunction with other data from your blog or whether you don’t look at the data at all. Have you ever changed your blog due to audience stats?
I’d love to hear from you on all the above if you’re willing to share!
Until next week when I get asked how I psyche myself up to writing a book review and I answer by burying my head in a hole.