Adding Insult to Injury

9BC1D069-73AC-47EB-AE93-0CD86E667F58I downloaded the lasted update to the WordPress app for iOS and was greeted with the normal graphical representation that shows how poorly my blog is doing in terms of views. But the so-called Happiness Engineers at WordPress also gifted me with some in-your-face statistics showing that my blog has received 42% fewer views today than it did yesterday. All I need, according to this new addition to the display of stats, is 151 more views today to match yesterday’s views, which, incidentally, were 144 views fewer (down 29%) than the day before that. That’s kind of depressing.

Come on, WordPress. Is it really necessary to give these stats in addition to the chart that tells me that nobody is reading my posts. I don’t like it. Not one bit.

And you call yourselves Happiness Engineers. Yeah, right.

38 thoughts on “Adding Insult to Injury

  1. pensitivity101 June 21, 2019 / 11:52 am

    My stats have been down too, but I haven’t posted as much recently, and trying to catch up on my reader has been failure101 as it’s been all over the place.

    Liked by 1 person

      • rugby843 June 21, 2019 / 2:13 pm

        They’re not accurate and don’t mean anything really. You have readers that support you and that’s what counts, right?

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Irene June 21, 2019 / 12:53 pm

    Must be the summer solstice effect (more sun, more time outdoors, less reading.) I still enjoy your posts almost every day!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. newepicauthor June 21, 2019 / 1:41 pm

    Don’t worry about your statistics. Your content is good and that is all that matters. Write to please yourself and damn the rest.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Richmond Road June 21, 2019 / 2:21 pm

    I’ve never actually looked at the stats before ….. until inspired by you to do so today. So I don’t know what has changed or even what they really mean.

    But you’ll be happy to learn that I saw a lot of minus signs on mine. It’s all downhill, apparently.

    But a 68% reduction of almost nothing is still almost nothing. So everything is OK. And there’s no need for me to check the stats again.

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    • Fandango June 21, 2019 / 2:48 pm

      I need to embrace your attitude about stats. I look at them way too often.


      • Richmond Road June 21, 2019 / 3:36 pm

        It’s not as though we are running for office (thank God!) – I honestly couldn’t care less about them.

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      • stoner on a rollercoaster June 21, 2019 / 3:21 pm

        Smart move! Everytime I googled myself I couldnt sleep for months. But Google search console shows performance of your site and it’s far more depressing thats wordpress stats.

        More details more stress.

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  5. latenyte June 21, 2019 / 3:37 pm

    Hrmmm… are you writing your blog for others or for self. If for self, then who cares if anybody reads it. If it is for others, maybe their scheduled changed or maybe you got complacent with your tagging. Who knows. I know that 216 is 432.5% of the views than I’ve got today. That’s an increase of 332.54%.😎

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    • Fandango June 21, 2019 / 6:39 pm

      I write for myself, but I also appreciate it when I can look at my stats and see that others have read what I have written and that it resonates with at least some of them.

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  6. Sadje June 21, 2019 / 4:00 pm

    They should have a new name; unnecessarily creating unhappiness engineers.

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  7. Suze June 21, 2019 / 4:32 pm

    as my grandmother used to say “doona fash yerself”…it is due to all the electrical brownouts going on…for example, we had 10K places without electric today for seven hours..gotta figure that out of that 10k, 4k of em were your last years followers.

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    • Fandango June 21, 2019 / 6:51 pm

      No doubt that I have 4,000 fans in your town! So that must be the answer! 😂

      Liked by 1 person

  8. wideeyedwanderingspoonie June 21, 2019 / 5:21 pm

    I despise stats. Don’t read ’em never have, never will. I think that WP has it backwards though, negativity is never the way to grow. 😉

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  9. Melanie B Cee June 22, 2019 / 9:57 am

    Uh, like much of WordPress, their stats “dinger’ is off kilter. Maybe a LOT. You are one of the most popular bloggers I know, so phooey to their stats. Besides I think they make those things up by throwing darts at a board or something…maybe their computer software needs an update? In any case I’M reading your blog. Every day too. So there to those engineers of immense twerp-i-tude. 😛

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    • Fandango June 22, 2019 / 10:02 am

      Thank you Melanie. That means a lot to me. I’m so pleased to have you as a regular reader. Just as I am to you on your blog.

      Liked by 1 person

  10. Dorinda Duclos June 22, 2019 / 7:36 pm

    My stats always drop when the warmer weather comes in. People aren’t huddled around their computers, they’re outside in the sunshine. Can you imagine?

    That said, I’m with you. if I wanted to know percentages, I would have been an accountant. I don’t math, and don’t feel I should be subjected to it, either. Happiness, bah!

    On a side note…why don’t you show up in my reader? That could be another reason stats are down.

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    • Fandango June 22, 2019 / 9:45 pm

      Hmm. That’s a good question, indeed. I wonder how many readers, besides yours, my posts don’t show up in.

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      • Dorinda Duclos June 22, 2019 / 9:56 pm

        I’m still finding even though I’m re-following the ones WP wiped out with the update, when I visit, I’m not following. It’s really annoying. 🤬🤯

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  11. LillBlu1981 June 22, 2019 / 10:46 pm

    Hey fella… you get more views than many of us!
    I’ve only been doing this a few weeks so I’m not surprised, and no one wants to read my drivel anyway but stay strong eh fella. Who needs millions of fans reading your stuff when you have loyal fans right here!!
    Chin up, chest out, smile on. Your doing fine.

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  12. Bill June 23, 2019 / 9:29 am

    Is today the day to report on this stuff? I have not looked at mine. I doubt if I will.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. leigha66 June 23, 2019 / 10:05 am

    Hey, that is new. Hadn’t been into my stats for a while to see it. Thanks for the heads up!

    Liked by 1 person

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