Tell Me Something Tuesday is a weekly discussion post here on Rainy Day Ramblings where I discuss a wide range of topics from books to blogging. Weigh in and join the conversation by adding your thoughts in the comments. If you want to do your own post, grab the question and answer it on your blog.
This week’s question: Do you stress over blog traffic and stats?
I admit when I first starting blogging, I was obsessed with traffic and stats. I was constantly checking to see how many visitors I had in a day. Sometimes, I would check five to six times a day. I was always pushing and pushing to get more visits and to up my stats. That meant lots of time contacting authors and publishers to do guest posts and giveaways, as well as participating in all types of blogging events such as read thons, read a longs and hops.
Was it worth it? Yes and no. Spending all that time did increase my traffic and up my stats. I now have a healthy following on my blog after almost four years of blogging, but to be honest, it took so much time and effort. I spent hours and hours emailing and piecing together posts, and sometimes it wasn’t worth the effort.
These days as many of you know, I have taken a much more laid back approach to blogging. I rarely check my daily traffic anymore, and I no longer feel the pressure of needing to participate in all types of events and to host giveaways. Sure I will do them occasionally but not constantly, and I must say, blogging has gotten so much easier.
In the beginning, it certainly helps to do a few events and to participate in some giveaway hops in order to help build a following, but once you have a healthy following, don’t feel obligated to continually do giveaways, tours and events. You will find that there are those who just stop by for giveaways, and then there are your tried and true followers who are there all the time (thanks all you true blue fans). Let’s face it, if you have followers just coming by for giveaways, they aren’t going to be your target audience. The ones you want to please are those who like the quality and the content of your blog, regardless if there are giveaways and gimmicks. So once you have an audience, do what you do best, and in my case, that is reading and reviewing books and the weekly discussion post.
After all this time, I am hoping that I have a good amount of people who are stopping by for the content, and if not, that is okay, because I am doing what I love the most and that is reading and talking about books.
I no longer worry about stats and traffic because I can drive those numbers up every time I sign up for a hop or giveaway, but the bottom line, is those numbers aren’t a true reflection of my blog, and I would much rather have a couple of hundred people stopping by to read my posts vs. five hundred to enter a giveaway and then not come back again until the next giveaway.
My advice, don’t sweat the traffic and stats, because they will constantly fluctuate. Just enjoy blogging and have fun!
What about you all? Are you still stressing over traffic and stats or are you content?
Next week’s question:
If you see a book with the same cover as another, do you feel less inclined or more inclined to read the book?