I was at my sister’s house for dinner Friday evening, keeping her company in the kitchen while she made chicken tacos. Great recipe, by the way. Anyhow, she was yammering on about something or other and I decided to see if I could surreptitiously check my blog stats for the day.
So, I pulled out my iPhone and, while it was tucked ever so slightly under the table, checked my blog. Hmmm, 43 views. Well now!
My average day runs anywhere from 0 to about 15 views so 43 in one day is pretty spectacular. Now, before you start thinking I’d hit the Freshly Pressed jackpot, let me set the record straight. That did not happen. (Not that I haven’t had a wishful think about it from time to time.)
But something very odd did happen, and it took me the better part of the weekend to finally get a clue, but more about that in a sec. By the time I got home Friday evening, my total views for the day was pushing up-up-up. To cut to the chase, the total views for Friday was 133, Saturday was 166, and the total so far today is 269. (Is it after midnight? If it is, then I mean yesterday.)
I finally got curious this evening about what was causing my views to soar and started poking around my dashboard. Turns out all those extra views were coming from one place. I clicked on that link in the list of referrers and it took me to a page that said, “A member of the StumbleUpon user community added your page to StumbleUpon’s index of high-quality, human-curated content.” Say what!?!
The first thing that popped into my pea brain was (stealing from Sally Field here) they like me, they really like me! The second thing was that my sister is going to be s-o-o-o ticked about this.
You see, my sister has been blogging for a couple of years now and switched her blog to WordPress about six months ago. If you haven’t read her blog you should. You can find it here. She writes from the heart about things that are important like family and faith. I, on the other hand, write about silly things like light bulbs and my eyeballs.
She talked about blogging so much that I finally decided to try it and, well, I enjoy it. I didn’t expect to but I do. Anyway, we’ve had this unofficial contest going ever since I started blogging to see if my views could catch up with hers. When I started, she was ahead of me by about a thousand views. Today, though, my views caught up — then skipped on ahead.
Back to topic
I have to say, though it’s nice and all, that I’m not too sure I’m thrilled about this sudden spike in views. You see, I looked at my dashboard under the top posts & pages section and it revealed that practically all of the views are to just to one post. That means all those folks who stumbled upon my blog also stumbled right back off of it without looking at a single other page.
I don’t know about you, but I find that kind of disheartening. I mean, did they even stay on that post long enough to actually read it? Or, did they see it was just a recipe for Quiche and zip right outa there lickety split?
I’m a bit concerned that all those views may be hollow. No substance. No heart. Empty.
Real people blog
In the short time that I’ve been blogging, I’ve come across a lot of folks who, like my sister, write about things that are close to their hearts and, in doing so, they touch other hearts and bring helpful information to their readers. They encourage other writers and photographers and artists. They honor and support other bloggers with awards and recognition. And, sometimes they share parts of themselves that the rest of us really have no right to. Blogging is a community and I’m tickled to be a part of it.
I owe my sister a debt of gratitude for sharing with me her passion for blogging and for getting me off my duff and my fingers onto my keyboard. (Actually, since I sit when I type I guess I’m still on my duff. But, I’m doing something productive as well, so it’s all good.)
Thank you sweet Rosie, for being my inspiration.
And, thank you to all the other bloggers who have opened up their worlds to me and made me feel welcome in this community. Your “likes” and “comments” on my posts are more meaningful to me than all the views I’ve received the last three days times a gazillion.
Okay now, enough with the mushy stuff.
Let’s be real
Just because I value “actual” views way more than the “empty” views, it doesn’t mean I want the empty ones to stop. I am after all still in a contest with my sister for the most views — so keep ’em coming!
273 and counting — that puts me about 200 ahead of you sweetie! 🙂
A few of my favorite …
In case you’re interested, below are just a few of my favorite blogs. I encourage you to visit them often and read them well!
I love your blog! I write about shoes and cats and some other really dumb stuff. Thanks for the link. I also subscribe to blogs where I can learn or smile or commiserate. Bloggers are some of the most supportive and encouraging people I know. I have no idea what StumbleUpon is. I am still struggling with Twitter. Certainly sounds like it has value for exposure. I also noted that most of your favorite blogs are mine too!
That’s probably because I found several of them through your blog. Take a peek at Rosie’s blog. I think you’ll like it. I used to tease her about typos and spelling, etc. until about a month ago when I learned that she’d been creating her posts via her iPhone. I can barely type my name on those things!
Your blog is wonderful! Please keep those posts coming. (I’d better stop before I start getting sappy.) 😉
I love knowing I am the …wind beneath your wings! lol…good post old girl!! You taught me everything I know…ya know!
Thanks. Hey, if you post that chicken taco recipe, I’ll link to it.
Thank you for the props!
I too long to be pressed. Freshly. You’re not alone in the feeling of community either – it’s a wonderful thing we fell into, isn’t it?
Now, keep snagging those views sister – at least one will always be mine =]
You are such a sweetie! I bet you say that to all the girls. 🙂
I know what you mean. How to retain readers after the initial shiny attraction? Maybe if you add a short description and a link to another interesting and/or related post you’ve written, it would help people navigate your site and read more? On the other hand, I think people who stumble upon are not looking to study. They’re just window shopping.
I have a nav bar with an about page, a page with pics, and a recipes page so I don’t think navigation is a very big problem. I think you hit the nail on the head with the window shopping. Says a lot about the attention span of the casual Internet surfer — like channel surfers, nothing catches their eye for very long.
Thank you for stopping by my blog and posting my post on Facebook. I really enjoyed this post and plan to read more of your blog. I really like your writing style. Keep up the good work. By the way, tell your sister that I will check out her blog too 🙂
Thanks for the kind words. I appreciate you stopping by.
I think attention span has really suffered because of the net, but then again, I’m on it, so I can’t complain 🙂 I use to follow a lot of blogs but I felt I couldn’t do them all justice, you know – poke around and really get to know the people I was reading about and talking, so I cut it down to an essential handful (and one of those is yours 😉 )
You’re so sweet! Thank you. I feel the same about your blog. You always have something interesting to say!