Truthful Tuesday — Do You Like Me?

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. Frank is changing things up a bit on this Truthful Tuesday prompt. Instead of asking us specific questions, he is giving us a topic and asking us to discuss it. This week’s topic is the “Like” button. Frank wants to know…

How important are likes to you on your blog, and how do you determine if you are going to click like on other bloggers’ posts?

It’s nice to be liked, but the truth is that, when I look at my notifications on my iPhone, I don’t even bother with Likes. I just look at Comments.

From my perspective, between Likes, Comments, and Followers, Comments is the only true metric that matters. It is the best indicator of whether or not what I write resonates with those who read my posts.

Views just tell me that someone came across my post, either on the web or by seeing it on their WordPress reader. Likes tell me only that a viewer clicked on the Like button. I’d like to assume that anyone who tapped the Like button actually read my post and, indeed, liked it. But that might be naïve. As Frank points out, “there is no way to know for certain if those who clicked the Like button actually bothered to read the post, or were just acknowledging that they saw it.”

Followers is a useless number. According to WordPress I have more than 4900 followers. But I typically get fewer than 500 views a day, so why do people bother “following” my blog if they never read my posts?

Frank contends that blogging is not conversation. He says that it is communication. Technically I suppose he’s right. Blogging is a form of one-way communication from the blogger to his or her readers. But Frank admits that, “at least with comments, there is some indication that communication is happening.”

So to answer the first part of Frank’s question, I appreciate Likes, but they are not that important. On the second part of his question, I only Like a post that I have actually read and that I genuinely liked.

MLMM Photo Challenge — All In a Row

They swore allegiance
To the man
They gave their promise
To follow him
No matter where he led them
Loyal to a fault
Despite his cons
Despite his lies
But take a closer look
At his followers
All in a row
They’re no longer people
They’ve turn into sheep
Little do they know
That he’s leading them
To slaughter


Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: One Big Photo.

Four Thousand

Dear Followers,

I discovered yesterday that my blog has reached a milestone. According to WordPress’ accounting, 4,000 of you are now following my blog.

I know that in the grand scheme of things, the number of followers a blog has is a rather dubious number. After all, my blog has nowhere near 4000 visitors per day. More like between 250 and 350. Where are the rest of you who supposedly follow my blog? Did you follow my blog, read a post or two, and then decide that my blog is not your cup of tea? Or did you follow my blog in the hope that I’d return the favor and when I didn’t, you lost interest?

Well, whatever the case, a milestone is a milestone, right? I want to express my genuine gratitude to the 4,000, 400, or 40 of you who have chosen to follow my blog, and to especially thank those of you who actually regularly visit my blog, who like my posts, and who leave your comments.

You are a prized community of fellow bloggers who have motivated me, despite the games the powers that be at WordPress have played with us (and yes, I’m talking about the block editor among other matters), to stand fast and to continue blogging. I really do love to write and I love to post what I write, but without your encouragement and support, I’d probably have called it quits earlier this year.

So, once again, thank you, thank you, thank you. I know that for many of us, blogging and being a member of this blogging community has helped us to make it through the shitshow that 2020 has been. I hope that the new year will prove to be a better year for all of us.

Sincerely,

Fandango

Blogging Insights — Playing in Traffic

Blogging insights

For this week’s Blogging Insights, Dr. Tanya wants to know how we feel about blog traffic and stats — the views, likes, comments, and follows — and how much these contribute to the value of our blogging experience. She wants to know…

How important is your blog traffic to you?

First and foremost, I’m a numbers guy. In general, I like statistics in many aspects of life. They can be indicators of how things are going, a way to measure whether something is or is not meeting goals and objectives. And, as such, statistics can be used to make adjustments that can help you to achieve your goals.

With that said, I use my blog traffic stats to give me feedback, to let me know what aspects of my blog are resonating with others. Based upon likes and comments, I can gauge whether or not people are participating in my prompts. I can get a sense for whether readers are growing tired of my political rants. I can see if my flash fiction posts are “scoring” with my readers.

So yes, blog traffic is feedback that helps me understand what is working and what is not working. These stats give me feedback so that I can make informed decisions and make any necessary adjustments.

How often do you check your stats?

Multiple times a day.

Which part of your blog traffic, the views, likes, comments, or follows, is important for you personally? Which of these do you think is most important for your blog?

I think the least valuable stat is followers. WordPress tells me my blog has more than 3,600 followers. But it gets only a fraction of that number of daily visitors. So where are all of these alleged followers, then? Are they “following” a blog that they never visit?

As to views and visitors, I usually get about 2.25 views per visitor each day. For example, on Saturday my blog had 598 views from 264 visitors. I also got 214 likes and 117 comments, or an average of 43 likes per post and 23 comments per post. So far in 2020, I’ve averaged 29 likes and 18 comments per post, so comparatively, Saturday was a decent day from a traffic and stats perspective.

I like getting likes, but I love getting comments.

Fandango’s Dog Days of August #25

Fandango’s Dog Days of AugustDo you need a muse to get your creative juices flowing during these hot, sultry days of August? Try a dose of Fandango’s Dog Days of August prompt.

At 6:00 am Pacific time each day this month, I will be posting a new theme. Today’s theme is “thank your followers.” As bloggers (and writers), we all appreciate having followers. What would you like to say to your followers to thank them for following you blog (or some other online presence)? Share a story, a poem, a photo, a drawing, some music, or whatever you wish to share about how you would thank your followers.

If you wish to participate, please write your post, use the tag #FDDA, and create a pingback to this post or manually add your link in the comments.

And, of course, take some time to read the other responses to this prompt. See how other bloggers are coping with the dog days of August.