This is a very late thank you for 250 followers! It means a lot to me that people find my blog worth reading and enjoy it’s content enough to follow for more! I have wanted to show my stats for a while now because I think they’re pretty useful and interesting to learn from.
Also thank you to one special email follower (Lexie) who has been subscribed to me via email for 2 years! That means you’ve basically received 700 emails from my blog, through months where I would consistently release posts twice a day. You do still use that email address right? Right? Right?
So now I guess I’ll just show all my stats and then explain things about them. If theirs something that you want that I forgot just ask for it!
The stats (As of December 3rd when I wrote this)
I think that’s all people care about now on to talking about the stats and what you can learn from them!
From December to June shows what organic looks like on a word press blog. You can expect to get more views than 15 in your first month because I started on the 27th of December so that’s not nearly representative.
Organic growth is where you just release your posts and do nothing else. You don’t interact with the community or cater to what people like. You don’t particularly try to get yourself out there it just happens.
What happened in May and June? I can only guess that I got lucky, maybe engaged with the community slightly or it could have been my post that did fairly well about eromanga sensei.
On WordPress it takes a lot to boost views and sometimes you need a push. However once that push is over it’s very rare that they revert back to their original state. So in July I released 69 posts giving me a huge boost from last time.
However increase in posts does not correlate to views. If you look I released 4x more posts but only doubled my views, which was not great. That could be attributed to the content of the posts – very short episode reviews a lot of which I didn’t care about.
Anyway after that month I released less posts and got more views for it. That’s due to the previous posts and the fact that suddenly stopping posting doesn’t reduce your views nearly as much as you think.
If you want more proof of putting less content out for posts doesn’t effect views that much then look at November and how I put out half the blog posts as the previous month but got more views for it.
High Output of Posts and High Community Engagement
This was me starting January and going up until August. The combination of both can really do a lot for a blog. The explanation for the high spike in March was due to my Sakamoto post going viral which sort of messes up my stats which were fairly easy to follow. While I’m thankful that the post went viral it’s harder in this instance to draw information about my stats to help other people know what’s going on.
At any rate my views were steadily increasing by a certain amount (on average) and that’s what normally happens. What’s interesting to notice is that the percentage increace in views is comparable to the time of organic growth. You have to put a lot more work in to gain more views when you already have a really high amount.
When you suddenly stop both a high output of posts and community engagement
Ever since University this has happened to me. In September and October I released a 4th of the amount of posts I usually do and the following I released an 8th of what I used too. Of course this is going to result in a substantial set back of views but not nearly by the same proportions. My views only halved after the second month (compared to outputting a 4th) and that brings me to the next point.
If you stick with the consistent change you will notice a difference.
But there is an interesting point in November where I dropped to 8 posts a month only to increase my views. I can only imagine this is one of a few things, The first is that people get recommended things on an algorithm and your blog might be on this, and changing your frequency of blog posts will change how your blog is treated, and it takes a while to get used to the change. That sounds so dodgy though.
Then it could also be that my Sakamoto post is going more viral lately and lastly the posts I released could just have been ones that get better popularity.
Predictions for this month
The month of December is going to be strange for me. I will go back home from Uni on the 15th which will give me more time to return to how things used to be. Though it won’t be the same since I’ll probably be with friends a lot more of the time.
At any rate it should result in an increase of blogging which I don’t know how good will be for views. It seems weird to say but I’m wondering if constant output will result in the opposite effect, like people will get bored of seeing me or that it will affect the search-ability of my Sakamoto post which is where a lot of my views come from now.
Now I think my views will go back to how there in September since my Sakamoto post is going more viral now. It’s got like 200 views in 3 days so yeah.
Hey I wrote this and guess what?
What a viral post looks like
Some bloggers probably get posts that go a lot more viral than this one, however this is the best I can do to attempt to show you what they look like stat wise.
My Sakamoto post has about 9,000 views now which is quite a lot. March shows the start of when it went viral and before then it was already quite popular. What happened was that someone with a lot of popularity on Facebook shared it and I got a huge amount of views. I wish I could find out how many but I don’t know how.
Then it just stayed like that which was very lucky. When I get to the 2.5k-3k views mark it might look like I have a lot but so much of that comes from the one post that you can off like 800 views a month from that stat for if the Sakamoto post never existed.
Thank you very much for 250 followers and I hope you found something useful about stats! I know it’s unlikely that you will use these stats to your advantage however they’re interesting to know. I myself like to see what the different sort of growths look like because that’s pretty much the only interesting thing about stats, that and the fact that each one represents a single person.
I don’t honestly know if this amount of views/comments/likes/anything else looks like a little or a lot. However I’m just very grateful to everyone who has read any of the posts at all, it means a lot to me and I’m really grateful anyone is reading me at all! Thank you to anyone who has read any post I’ve put out and thank you even more if you’ve commented and shared it and stuff. You readers are very special to me and without you, I probably still wouldn’t be doing this.
And most importantly I’m still beating Veol by a long shot this year
Veol only wrote 6 posts and two of them got over 100 views! If you do the maths actually 6: 306 and 700: 25,992 posts isn’t great. If you switch my ratio I only get 223 views for every 6 posts. No Veol beat me! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Veol didn’t even write any posts this year what the hell!
Next year I WILL win.