Blogging Insights — Fewer

For this week’s edition of Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya simply wants to know about blogging in the year of the pandemic. She asks…

How do you think this pandemic year has been for blogging in general and your blog in particular?

I’m not going to answer the part of the question that asks about blogging in general because I’m not qualified to answer that. But I can give you a one-word answer as to the effect of the pandemic on my blog in particular. That word is “fewer.”

In 2020, as compared to 2019, I wrote fewer posts, received fewer views, got fewer total likes and average likes per post, and fewer total comments and average comments per post. I also wrote fewer total words in 2020 than in 2019 and had fewer words per post.

That said, I honestly don’t know if I can blame the pandemic for all those “fewers.” It could just be that my blog peaked in 2019 and now, irrespective of the pandemic, it’s trending downward. And, so far in 2021, my average likes and comments per post are about the same as they were in 2020.

So I don’t really have a good answer to Tanya’s question about the relationship between my blog stats and the pandemic. But I can tell you that, despite the mandated launch of the block editor last year and the still unfixed bug in the WordPress app for iOS, I enjoyed blogging and interacting with my fellow bloggers since the pandemic began as much as I did before it started and as I still do today.

14 thoughts on “Blogging Insights — Fewer

  1. Paula Light May 10, 2021 / 6:33 am

    I can’t be bothered with stats, but I definitely enjoyed and appreciated my interaction with the blogging community during the year of staying home even more than usual.

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    • Fandango May 10, 2021 / 10:39 am

      I wish I couldn’t be bothered with stats, but, alas, I am.

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  2. Mason Bushell May 10, 2021 / 6:39 am

    I’ve definately noticed a downturn in the amount of people joining in with the prompts recently.

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  3. Sadje May 10, 2021 / 7:43 am

    I think blogging on the whole benefited from the enforced isolation.

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  4. Mister Bump UK May 10, 2021 / 8:02 am

    I’ve found that some content has definitely gotten dumber since the start of covid.

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  5. JT Twissel May 10, 2021 / 11:17 am

    Definitely fewer .. in fact, many of my favorite bloggers have given up.

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    • Fandango May 10, 2021 / 2:31 pm

      I came close to giving up, but not because of the pandemic as much as due to the block editor and the persistent bug in the WP iOS app.


  6. Marilyn Armstrong May 10, 2021 / 1:14 pm

    Me too. I think that 2020 came together as the worse of our years not ONLY because of COVID, but also because all the other bad stuff which engulfed us. i wrote less. I am still writing less. Anything I want to say has already been said. By me, by you, by many people. I’m STILL angry and I don’t sincere hope that we are going to solve any problems. We will fix a few things, but all the bigger issues will drift away as they always have. Since my viewpoint isn’t particularly popular, what’s the point of writing about it again? I spend a lot of time writing and deleting the whole post.

    I don’t think anyone really wants to hear from me. They like pictures better. So I take pictures.

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    • Fandango May 10, 2021 / 2:45 pm

      I enjoy your words, Marilyn. I know you’ve been blogging for a long time, but you always have an interesting, insightful take on myriad topics.


  7. drtanya@saltedcaramel May 11, 2021 / 7:03 am

    Since we personal bloggers post and read primarily for our own pleasure, the past year has been good for your blog because you .enjoyed it despite the “fewers:.

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    • Fandango May 11, 2021 / 11:37 am

      Yes, despite the issues and the bugs and the “fewers,” I do very much still enjoy blogging.


  8. leigha66 May 17, 2021 / 7:49 am

    I haven’t noticed any big changes but maybe a very slight decline in numbers of visitors and likes. No worries though.

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