I’m trying not to count my chickens before they’re hatched but… I’m so excited! My total views stand at 993. Just 7 more to go and I’ll hit the magic 1000 mark!
Ok, this is the point at which all experienced bloggers should just look away. You noticed that word ‘total’ and you felt that sinking, cringing feeling…right? Right. You know. 993 views is not the views I’ve had today, it’s the total number of views I’ve had for all the days since I started blogging.
As an all time total 993 views is not much and I admit it but they are MY views and I’m as proud of them as any first time mum. My baby may be small and barely out of the humidicrib but it’s alive and it’s growing! So before I go on I’d like to thank all my lovely mid-wives and mid-husbands out there. Thank you one and all! And a special thank you to my ‘regulars’. You know who you are ACFlory is a bit too reserved to send you hugs but Meeka is jumping up and down and blowing kisses!
So… what’s the big deal with blog stats? Well, as any blogger will tell you, stats are what tell you a) how well you are doing and b) what is actually ‘selling’.
Clearly I’m not selling the kind of product that you can pick up and hold in yours hands but I am definitely trying to sell something and that something is ideas. Sometimes those ideas revolve around information that I have and want to share, like my posts on bushfires or even my recipe for chocolate mousse cake. Most of the time though I’m trying to communicate less tangible ideas such as what I think constitutes a ‘great’ book over a merely ‘good’ book. These ideas are intensely subjective so when I find that they resonate with readers out in the digital world I feel as if I’ve found new kindred spirits.
That’s not to say that I’m only looking for people who agree with me – how boring would that be? In time I hope Meeka’s Mind becomes the kind of place people can come to for a good, old fashioned debate. Note I said ‘debate’ not flame war! For the non-gamers out there flame wars are nasty fights that occur on forums when reasoned debate degenerates into vicious name calling, put-downs and the kind of aggressive behaviour usually associated with sharks and feeding frenzies. That is not what I want so trolls please stay away. [Trolls are gamers who cruise forums with the sole purpose of starting flame wars]. Everyone else please come on in!
But I digress. So stats are vital for the health of your blog but how much should a blogger care about them? Well the answer to that is again going to be very subjective. I personally believe that you should blog about the things that you feel passionate about, whether they ‘sell’ or not. However having said that I will admit that I probably would not be writing as many reviews as I do if it were not for the positive feedback I have received. On the other hand when I posted about Charlotte and Jonathon, the young duo who auditioned for Britain You Have Talent, I honestly did not think it would have the impact that it did. Why? Well… opera is not exactly everyone’s cup of tea is it? And I usually feel like some kind of weird dinosaur when I confess to loving opera. But perhaps the response to that particular post had more to do with our love of the under-dog and the personalities of those two young people than it did to opera. I know that I felt uplifted by them. They showed me that courage, loyalty and friendship are still alive and well. Moreover the response of the audience showed that all of us recognize those qualities and want them in our lives. One such moment is enough to restore my faith in humanity and it seems I’m not alone in feeling that way.
And on that uplifting thought I’m going to end this post and go check my stats again because… hey, I’m only human