No accounting for taste…

See how my Tuesday stats have totally skewed my perspective? My stats used to show on a scale up to, maybe, 100. Not it has to go up to 300! It makes my other days' counts look rather sparce. Get reading, my friends! :)
See how my Tuesday stats have totally skewed my perspective? My stats used to show on a scale of 100. Now it shows a scale up to 300 and it makes my other days’ counts look rather sparce. Get reading, my friends! 🙂

“What is wrong with these people?”

Granted, I asked the question somewhat joyfully, as the number of viewers of my blog skyrocketed. (OK, slight exaggeration; my daily views were headed for my all-time high, 81, on that date.)

The reason I was so incredulous was because two days before I’d published an insightful, introspective piece that had attracted a mere 38 views. That post (“How pride squelches our talents…”) had taken me a good two weeks of thought, some deep literature and a deeper look into my own heart and soul. The post drawing my all-time high I’d written in the hour or so I’d sat near a steamy, slightly ajar hotel bathroom door tapping on my keyboard, waiting impatiently for my colleague to awaken … and wondering “When did I become an old fogie?”

Obviously, there’s no accounting for taste.

I like to be liked. My blog likes it too. It also loves comments so much it records them word for word.

I also like to be seen (if I’m having a good hair day and I’m wearing makeup, which I certainly wasn’t at the time of my “old fogie” post’s photo shoot). My blog likes being seen so much it tallies its numbers of viewers every day.

But I can’t for the life of me figure out what draws those likes, and comments, and numbers.

I started my personal blog in January 2012. In March that year, I had a sudden surge in readership — up to 60. I had written a piece on the Trayvon Martin case March 25, 2012; when numbers starting going up that day, I envisioned being chosen “Freshly Pressed” (the handpicked highlights from the editors, my blogsite hosts) and garnering news show gigs to discuss my introspective account of the incident.

Nope. I had not been discovered.

When I first started blogging, every time I wrote a blog (OK, another slight exaggeration), I thought it worthy of being Freshly Pressed. After about a year of checking the page of “the chosen” blog posts and not finding my amazing work there, I stopped looking. I found it frustrating. (How could those WordPress editors not choose me?)

When I published on a Sunday morning before slipping off to church this summer, my day’s views finally broke my Trayvon Martin post high: 74. Woohoo! Since it wasn’t a particularly impressive piece of prose, I thought maybe the magic formula was to publish early on a Sunday.


Then I tried Saturday morning. Then I tried just being regular — posting at the same time or same day every week. I tried to note a pattern in view count. Perhaps humorous posts draw more? Maybe writing about my mother? Maybe shorter posts? Maybe clever titles? I could find no rhyme or reason as to why certain posts  receive more views or comments or likes than others.

In my first post for NaBloPoMo, I warned my followers that I would be participating in daily post writing for an entire month — and I sincerely hoped I wouldn’t lose followers because I annoyingly contributed to their email box every day. I believe I actually asked them to bear with me for the month when I would return to my usual weekly post.

But I think I’ve gotten addicted to writing. I prefer it to sleeping, actually, and find myself getting up early — like 3:30 or so — to get my posts done. (I am late today.) But I still haven’t figured out what draws people in to read. (Actually, I face the same dilemma in the English classroom with my juniors and seniors.)

Apparently, publishing every day is good for numbers — even when I feel some of what I publish is inferior.

At the health club yesterday, I ran into one of my step aerobics classmates. We chatted for a few minutes about her health (she’d been sick a few weeks), and then she said:

“I have been enjoying your blog. Now that I’ve started reading it, I can’t stop. I have to find out what Sara is up to today!”

I’ve gotten more followers, more likes, more comments. It’s rather addicting.

stats_spikeOn Tuesday, when I posted a somewhat snarky look at the rapid romance between my husband and I, I got a sort of warning message from WordPress. Apparently, the high traffic had raised some virtual eyebrows. I had 120 views by 10 a.m., and I was almost giddy with joy.


But at the end of day, when my views totaled 249, I was almost sad. What could I do for an encore?

I wrote the next day anyway, from my heart, and I realized that I can’t write — I don’t write — for numbers, though they are encouraging.  The Bible says, “Out of the heart, the mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). I can’t write to fit some formula of success. (And not just because I haven’t figured out what the formula is!) I just get ideas that drop into my head and heart — and flesh them out in blog post form. My blog is an extension of me — which makes me rejoice in comments such as this one a few days ago from “English Teacher”:

I don’t know what to say, as I type through tears. You are blessing me daily as you allow me to walk alongside you through your life.

I can’t write to be discovered. I already have — yes, by you, my dear readers — but also by my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God sees me and knows me right where I am, and that is what really matters.

And if I can glorify him through my writing, I will write my heart out.

I am.

(And I do thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading what I write. Even when I blog about blogging — is that lame, or what?)

4 thoughts on “No accounting for taste…

  1. I’m right there with you on this…I find that my humorous posts (often written on the fly) get high numbers and the brutally honest posts…ones that take me a long time to write. But then, I will write something that should TOTALLY be on freshly pressed and the views are minimal, no comments and I am considering throwing the computer out the window. But again like you I realize I am not really writing for numbers and if I am using my God given talent then I am doing the right thing.
    It feels good to write. We should do it. (And I am always amazed when someone I don’t think would EVER read my blog says something out in the real world.)
    Glad you joined NaBloPoMo!


  2. Enjoyed the comments of today and everyday! Continue to give your God given talents to everyone….so enjoyable and informative…love you forever!


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