I really liked the idea for Blogging 201’s day 5. It was logical, based on cold hard data, and involved making a plan to coincide with measures of traffic and reader interest.
Despite what I said initially about not being interested in stats, I did think this would be an exercise I could get into, one I could even manage working remotely from mobile devices.
So, off I set to look at my stats. The idea was that you determine your best traffic days and the types of posts that get the most interest and you match them up; schedule your most popular types of posts for your highest traffic days.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered that my stats are all over the place.
Other than having a slight peak on the reading and voting days for the Speakeasy (which occurs because the that challenge drives readers to participants’ sites), there was no discernible pattern.
Likewise, my most popular posts are, for the most part, my short fiction pieces that I write for the Speakeasy. Again, that’s because the challenge encourages all entrants to read each other’s entries and then vote on them.
So where does that leave me in the stats-based exercise?
A bit lost I think.
But it does give me a better understanding of all those numbers I usually ignore. And that is something.