Ah, stats. Whether you love 'em or hate 'em, WordPress will be sure to shove them in your face. You can't avoid them, but how often do you seek them out? I decided right from the start of my blogging life that I didn't want to pay any more attention to stats than I could… Continue reading How Often Do You Look at Your Blog’s Stats?
As bloggers, some of us write for ourselves, some of us write for our readers, and many of us do some combination of both. But what about when certain kinds of posts are less popular? Whether you're writing more for yourself or for others, there's no right or wrong, but there may be an approach… Continue reading What’s Less Popular on Your Blog… But You Publish Anyway?
While the world itself has been pretty wild and wacky in 2020, I haven't had any major course changes with my blog's direction this year. I've stuck with publishing a post a day, or sometimes two if there's a guest blogger or a quick awareness day post. I managed to stick with the weekly book… Continue reading 2020 Year in Review: Blogging
Blog stats can easily drive you crazy, and numbers themselves don't really mean all that much. What can be interesting, though, is looking at patterns over longer frames of time, like the last quarter or the last year. Changes in ratios can also be far more enlightening than changes in absolute numbers, and they don't… Continue reading How Do Readers Get to Your Blog?
I suspect we've all got them—those nagging little blogging insecurities that chatter at you from the back of your mind every once in a while (or more regularly). While we probably all have them, none of us talk about them. After all, they're not the kind of thing that's very pretty. But maybe we should… Continue reading What Are Your Blogging Insecurities?
It can be rather satisfying to have a blog that's neat and tidy. Sometimes they stay that way on their own, but if you've been blogging for a while or if you're posting frequently, the garden can start to get a little wild. With a little routine gardening work, though, maintaining your blog can be… Continue reading Maintaining Your Blog Garden
A blogging friend recently decided to call it quits with blogging, and it got me thinking about how important it is to keep the should monster at bay so that we can keep blogging sustainably. Shoulds re. what to write about You may come across articles that tell you what you should write about in… Continue reading Blogging Sustainably
Pixabay Another year of blogging is drawing to a close, so it's a great time to reflect on both the accomplishments and the weird & wonderful info that WordPress offers up for us in our stats. Total number of posts published: 547 Total number of words: 303,000 (average 554/post) Number of countries viewed from (although… Continue reading Year in Review 2019 – Blogging
If you're sufficiently mature and self-assured that you never fall into the trap of blog comparisons (comparing yourself to other bloggers and/or their blogs), well that's great, but this post isn't for you. If, however, you're a human being, read on. I suspect that at some point most of us have some sort of ugly,… Continue reading Crazy-Making Blog Comparisons