Are you obsessed with your blog stats?

Are you obsessed with your blog stats?

If you’re anything like me, you have a little bit of an obsession with checking your blog stats. I’m not sure that I believe that any blogger publishes posts online purely for themselves – after all, we would all keep diaries locked away in our bedside cabinets.*

Are you obsessed with your blog statsIt is undeniably a good feeling knowing that other people are reading the posts that you put so much time and effort into. Getting a spike in your stats is confirmation that people relate to your writing and find your random musings relevant/interesting/entertaining. And similarly, when a post doesn’t perform so well you can be left feeling disappointed – as though you got that essay back from the teacher graded a mediocre C or a big fat D.

I personally seem to go through phases with my stats, where one week I’ll be completely obsessed with my blog stats (refresh, refresh, refresh!) and other weeks where I couldn’t really care less. However, recently I’ve been trying to take my blog to the next level and this has meant that I’ve become a little too obsessed for my liking.

I wrote about my plans to approach brands directly last month and I have a monthly page view target in mind before I start to send out my media kit. My stats have been steadily increasing over the last three months simply as a result of me becoming a lot more ‘social’. I’ve discovered some great new linkys, which have finally helped me to feel a part of the ‘blogging community’, and I’ve started to use buffer for my Twitter account (as well as interacting more in ‘real time’), which is helping to increase my blog traffic month on month.

However, with all of this extra social time, I still haven’t managed to publish more than twice a week which was a key part of ‘operation next level’ and sometimes I feel as though I’m putting too much pressure on myself. Blogging (or more doing ‘bloggy stuff’) during Taylor’s nap times can often leave me feeling frustrated at my lack of time to get anything else done. But at the same time, I do love it and I have to bear in mind that my ultimate goal is to try and make a decent income from it so that I can spend more time with Taylor as she’s growing up. From this month I’m officially self-employed as a freelance PR, so would love for my blog to subsidise my income from that.

However, following my recent ‘stats binge’, my blog stats and I are on a little ‘break’. I want to remember the reasons why I started blogging in the first place and everything else I get out of it aside from a spike on a bar chart. Your stats don’t define whether your blog is successful or not – if you love blogging then you have already won.

How often do you check your blog stats?

*If you do write entirely for yourself and don’t even check your blog stats then I applaud you!

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  1. Robyn
    November 20, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Good on you for taking a break from worrying about stats! At first I was quite obsessed but not so much at the moment, because they’re not exactly coming on in leaps & bounds! I’d love to be ‘successful’ & I have goals, but I know myself – there’ll be no magic number where I think “I’ve done it”, there’ll always be more to do & being constantly obsessed over the next milestone takes the joy out of the little wins (a bit like with a real baby πŸ˜‰ )
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 26, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      I think that is the thing with blogging isn’t it – there’s always something more you can do! I think we need to set our own idea and goals for what success looks like. But yes, it is difficult when the goalposts always seem to be moving!! πŸ™‚

  2. Laura @ Dot Makes 4
    November 21, 2015 at 9:12 am

    I was also a bit obsessed with my stats! I would love to have a successful blog, but I don’t want to get too obsessed with the numbers! I decided to note the stats just once a month and then just write about what I love to write about.
    You’re completely right “Your stats don’t define whether your blog is successful or not – if you love blogging then you have already won.”

    Laura xx
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 26, 2015 at 10:45 pm

      I pretty much do the same as you and just tend to compare month on month rather than daily or weekly – although I do check in on them daily but it’s the monthly figure that I really take on board! xx

  3. Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    November 21, 2015 at 10:02 am

    I try not to be obsessed with stats lol Every morning, I write down the stats from the day before – views, visitors & which post had the most views. It’s interesting to see the numbers each day & which posts do well & which don’t. Besides that, I don’t look at them because I could get obsessed with it! #JustAnotherLinky x
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 26, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      I do think i probably need to take more note of which posts do better than others as that’s not something I currently take any notice of – I just write about whatever I fancy. Which to be honest, I wouldn’t want to change! Lol :xx

  4. Cheryl @ ReimerandRuby
    November 21, 2015 at 10:25 am

    When I started blogging, I’m not too bothered with blog stats at all, probably because it was rather too low that time… but recently, having read in twitter or fb groups about people’s blog stats prompted me to checked mine too. That’s how I started being obsessed with it. I think it’s normal being passionate about our blog, isn’t it?. Lovely post! #justanotherlinky
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 26, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      I definitely think it’s normal – definitely from the feedback I’ve had on this post anyway it seems to be the case!x

  5. Lisa
    November 21, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    My blog is still really new but I do like checking my GA app to see that people are reading and interacting with what I’m writing. I like reading all the comments too. πŸ™‚ #justanotherlinky
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  6. Maestro mummy
    November 21, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    What’s buffer for Twitter? My blog is pretty new so im just focusing on writing some good posts that hopefully people will like. You have some great ideas for building up your big though – best of luck with it 😊 #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 26, 2015 at 10:51 pm

      Buffer is a scheduling tool so that you don’t have to send all of your tweets manually – it’s handy for those tweets about posts you’ve written. I think it’s so important though to interact in ‘real time’ too. Good luck with your blog, glad you’re enjoying it so far x

  7. Ellie @ Hand Me Down Baby
    November 21, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Oh, analytics can be such a time-suck and distraction.
    They can be useful for getting an understanding of what works and what doesn’t, but it’s so easy to get bogged down in the numbers. I think you’re doing a great job!
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 26, 2015 at 10:52 pm

      Thanks so much Ellie! You’re right it is too easy to get bogged down in the numbers and lose sight of the fun of it all. x

  8. Jessica Powell
    November 21, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    Some weeks I do feel a little bit obsessed with mine, but I try and reign it in for the sake of my sanity. Sometimes after work it just comes down to blogging or cleaning the house,etc, and sadly the latter really has to win πŸ™‚ #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 28, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Cleaning the house is such a drag isn’t it! I would love a cleaner – and then I could spend more time blogging πŸ˜‰

  9. Nadia - ScandiMummy
    November 21, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    I definitely think it’s important not to become too obsessed. I have seen really successful bloggers run themselves into the ground trying to keep up with everything. They stress when they drop a place on a certain chart. I do understand, as their blog is their livelihood, but as with every job, if you do not give yourself a break, enjoy a hobby or family time you cannot perform your best. There’s a reason Sweden now have 6 hour work days rather than 8! Good luck with everything!

    Thank you for co-hosting #KCACOLS

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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 26, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      I think because every blog is so different we really shouldn’t compare ourselves to others – we have different readers with different interests etc and even if your audience is smaller it could be a lot more engaged. But having said that I am a sucker for it – I don’t really think the leaderboards are that helpful but they do give you a sense of the areas you need to improve on. x

  10. tracey bowden
    November 21, 2015 at 10:44 pm

    I am the same! Having just gone self hosted, I have to keep myself in check and remember that I need to post for me not for stats but I agree it is good to know people are reading your blog isn’t it. Is it bad that I have my blog open in a tab when I am online? Just incase I get inspiration? I think I am a bit too obsessed good luck with your break! #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 26, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      Haha, I think I am only online if blogging! Perhaps that is taking it to another level! I went self-hosted earlier this year too and much prefer it, although think I need to make more use of plug-ins x

  11. Chloe
    November 21, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    I go through phases just like this! Some weeks I’m obsessed, others I’m not. But I’m working towards the same goals as you and I think it’s good to check them so you can see what’s performing well and what’s not. It can be so hard to switch off from checking them can’t it and some days I’ll do loads of promotion and have a really low day and some days I’ll do nothing and wonder why I’ve had lots of page views (I always have Saturday off and it always dazzles me if my views are above a certain amount). If you wanted to post more, I find that running a series or taking part in things like #mysundayphoto gives your blog a little extra boost and is genuinely something you can easily throw together without too much stress. Flying in from the beautiful #KCACOLS. Thank you so much for hosting. xx
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 28, 2015 at 3:03 pm

      It is funny isn’t it how some days you do nothing and get a spike in your stats! That is very good advice about doing a series, or linking up to the regular linkies – I keep meaning to join in with #mysundayphoto or the gratitude lists but never get around to it! A goal for the New Year I think. xx

  12. Becky at PinksCharming
    November 21, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    I like to keep an eye on them so check every few days, unless I start getting a lot of comments, in which case I like to see where people are coming from. I think it would be easy to get a bit obsessed, so I try not to look all the time! Becky x #KCACOLS
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  13. The Speed Bump
    November 21, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    I used to get crazily obsessed with my stats until I remembered why I write my blog, and now I’ve calmed down massively. I’d rather have one person read my blog and be really touched by it, than for hundreds to read it and feel nothing! Great post and one I’m sure will resonate with lots of bloggers! #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 28, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      It is so important to remember why we started our blogs in the first place – no blogger started simply to get traffic! Well done you for keeping a good perspective on the whole thing x

  14. Coombe Mill - Fiona Cambouropoulos
    November 22, 2015 at 12:47 am

    When everyone displays their stats it’s hard not to look and see how you compare, I try not to stress about mine but I am certainly aware of them. #KCACOLS

  15. Random Musings
    November 22, 2015 at 1:28 am

    I’m a real numbers geek so I do check my stats a lot, but at the same time, I still post whatever I choose to, even if I know the post won’t do as well as certain others, so I guess I fall somewhere in the middle πŸ™‚ Thanks for hosting #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 28, 2015 at 3:06 pm

      I would say that I’m exactly the same – my stats don’t really affect what I write about. I think it’s healthy to be somewhere in the middle! πŸ™‚

  16. lizzie ( firstooth )
    November 22, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Lovely post! I feel the same as you. For quite a few weeks, maybe even months, I’ve not really bothered looking at my stats, I’ve blogged as and when and just left it to it. I got a little obsessive before about post every day and plying twitter with reminders of any new post. I’m just starting to get back on track now but like you I won’t become too obsessed thanks for hosting #kcacols x
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 28, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      I think it is good to be mindful of the stats but also good to take a break every now and again. I’ve enjoyed not really looking at them much this week. I also don’t really think about what I write affecting my stats and just post whatever I feel like! Good that you’re getting back on track but I bet it was nice not looking at them for a while xx

  17. Crummy Mummy
    November 22, 2015 at 8:31 am

    It’s so easy to get obsessed with the numbers but so important not to lose sight of why you started blogging in the first place – great post! #KCACOLS
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  18. Charlotte
    November 22, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I am the same, I either check them several times a day or not at all for days – the feeling you get when you realise that more people are taking notice gets a little addictive I think hahaha. it’s a hard balance spending “enough” time blogging and with your kids but i’m sure we will all find it eventually, well maybe not me but you all will :p Thanks for sharing and good luck with your freelance work πŸ™‚ #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      November 28, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      Thanks so much Charlotte. Yes, it is hard blogging when you have children and not feeling the ‘mum guilt’ – I’m not sure I will ever find the balance either! x

  19. Beauty Baby and Me
    November 22, 2015 at 9:12 am

    Such a good read. And it rings true – I’ve now started to look at stats all the time and I don’t want to be getting into that habit as I love my blog and writing it is a passion. My baby will be here soon and I know blogging may take a back seat for a couple of months so I need to, as you say, not put pressure on myself. I just love writing and sharing my thoughts with everyone and I can’t wait to do my Meet My Baby post! Exciting times. Thanks for such a great post. Xxx #KCACOLS

    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      Ah so glad you enjoyed it and could relate. It’s good that you set up your blog before having your baby, I found that time so useful and probably wouldn’t have done it otherwise. Definitely don’t put pressure on yourself to post too much in those first few months, it can definitely wait! I can’t believe your due date is tomorrow – eek!!!! You’re going to be so in love. Enjoy every minute of it, can’t wait to read that post xxx

  20. Mommy's Little Princesses
    November 22, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Oh wow that is so very brave of you to take that next big step. I wish you all the very best with it hon! I have to admit that even I on occasion check my stats. I don’t do it very often though if I’m honest. Good luck hon!xx #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Ooh I’m a little envious – I’d love not to really care about my stats at all! That’s great that you just do it purely because you love it – to be honest I would still blog exactly the same and do the same ‘blog things’ even if I didn’t have stats so I’m not really sure why it should matter so much. Good for you! xx

  21. Jenny (Midwife and Life)
    November 22, 2015 at 9:51 am

    I’m the same. Mostly obsessed then other times just focus on the content! It’s good to know others are doing the same things as me! #KCACOLS
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  22. Laura
    November 22, 2015 at 9:51 am

    It’s so easy to get quite obsessed with your stats. I find I’m checking at least once a day, sometimes more. I’m spending so much time trying to reach more people at the moment and feel quite desperate to see results. But I definitely have to remind myself quite often that stats aren’t the be all and end all and certainly aren’t the reason I blog. Thanks for sharing. #kcacols
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      It is so hard when you put so much time and effort into it you really want to see the fruits of your labour. But at the same time, it isn’t really ‘labour’ – we do it because we love it really πŸ™‚ Good luck with getting to where you want to be with your blog x

  23. Pickinguptoys
    November 22, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Sounds like I’m very similar to you,some days I’m constantly checking and wondering where I’m going wrong and other times I couldn’t give a stuff.I’ve been at the stage where I want to contact brandsfor a while but haven’t yet had the courage to send those emails!! x #kcacols
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 2:16 pm

      I haven’t done it yet either – I need to set aside some time where I’m not linking up and writing posts! Good luck with making contact when you get around to it – I’d love to hear if you have any success x

  24. wendy
    November 22, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I go through phases too with my stats. I was checking them every time I logged in to blogger, no I only look at the detailed chart if I’ve written a post I really want to do well. I think it’s good you a taking a break from obsessing over them. Good luck with your pr work and working with brands xx #KCACOLS

    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      Thanks so much Wendy! yes, I think taking a break from the stats for a while is a good thing – it makes you realise that you would still be doing exactly the same things with your blog regardless, so what do they matter really? xx

  25. Sara @ Handy Herbs
    November 22, 2015 at 11:01 am

    I try hard to not take much notice and not to get drawn in but on occasion I do. I think it is human nature to want to compete with/better yourself and also keep up with fellow bloggers. Good luck! πŸ™‚
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 2:19 pm

      I think you’ve hit the nail on the head. I like to compete with myself and compare myself (but maybe not compete with) fellow bloggers. But it’s good to have some kind of measurement of how you’re doing in anything I guess x

  26. lynn @ More4mums
    November 22, 2015 at 11:22 am

    It is difficult not to get obsessed isn’t it, especiually if you are hoping to make some money from it. I think when you start to think of it as more of a business then things really change.
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  27. veronica lee
    November 22, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I am using Blogger and the stats are displayed on my dashboard so it’s hard to ignore them! Anyway, after blogging for 7 years, I am now not too bothered by them like I used to be. These days, I just blog for fun.

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  28. Rebecca U
    November 22, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I go through phases too. I think when I first started I didn’t really care. Now they are getting better I’m quite obsessed- so bad! #KCACOLS
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  29. Lindi Mogale
    November 22, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    This post was a great reminder of what really important. blogging for me certainly takes the stress away from the whole processes. I recently started feeling disenchanted with my blog and decided to change the look and feel to what I like instead of following too much advice from too many people. and although I am not sure if others will like it, I certainly feel that I like it and for now that is enough for me. Thank you for co-hosting a great linky #KCACOLS

    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 2:22 pm

      I think it’s key to always stick to what you like rather than taking advice from others – your blog afterall is so personal to you so if it doesn’t truly represent you then what’s the point. Good for you for you, I’m so glad you like your new look and feel, I think it looks fab and you’ve done a great job x

  30. A Moment with Franca
    November 22, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I love this post a lot Natalie because it is so real!! This is exactly what happens to me all the time! You really get obsessed with your stats because you want to do well, you want to take your blog to the next level, your want your little blog to be recognised, to be able to do this for a living and to pay you off all the effort and time that you are putting in to it!! A lot of people don’t understand how hard it is to be a blogger specially if you have kids that you have to care full time!! You just need to work through their schedules and it is not easy. So I think that it is completely normal to check your stats and I don’t think there is nothing wrong with it!! It means that you care a lot!! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS and for co-hosting with me this week. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!! πŸ™‚ xx
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 2:24 pm

      Thanks Franca, it’s so lovely to hear from others who have the same worries and motivations for their own blogs. What you say is so true – there’s nothing wrong in caring and making sure that you’re writing about what people want to read. I loved co-hosting #KCACOL – thanks so much for asking me πŸ™‚ xx

  31. Amanda
    November 22, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    I guess its different if you want to make an income from your blog, then stats make a difference. I just blog for fun. But I do love it when I get a spike in numbers. I think it would be very hard for people not to care about their numbers, unless they are constantly high!
    Amanda. #kcacols
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  32. Tracey Abrahams
    November 22, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Oh im really not that bothered about my stats at all. Sometimes I can go half a day without checking them πŸ˜‰
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  33. Julie Downes
    November 22, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    I really enjoyed reading through this post. I too can be a little obsessed with stats, I’m hoping once I’ve decided what I’m trying to do with my blog I won’t be so bothered! #KCACOLS
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  34. Silly Mummy
    November 22, 2015 at 11:45 pm

    Yes, more bothered by them than I intended to be (& that’s even though I don’t even understand half of them)! I struggle with the balance of trying to do promotion to improve stats but ending up with not enough time to write as much as I want too. #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 2:27 pm

      I definitely struggle with this too! If I never looked at my stats and cared about promoting my posts I would write so much more! Oh the irony! x

  35. Arthurwears
    November 23, 2015 at 10:09 am

    I’ve only been blogging for 4 months so I do like to check mine – I use blogger rather than WordPress so I check their stats regularly but I only added a GA code to my website page last week so I’m interested to see how that compares! I don’t let the stats influence my blogging too much though! #KCACOLS
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  36. Lex
    November 23, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Such a relatable post. I’m a newbie and just starting out blogging, but still find myself checking those stats, but like you I have those days where I think they don’t matter. I totally understand the organisation problems – I vow I will blog when my daughter naps but instead I find myself getting a load of washing on or washing the mountain high dishes. I suppose balance will come in time! #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 2:29 pm

      Yep, I’m really not sure how other bloggers do it with children to look after – from what I’ve read they’re up until 3/4am – but I just love my bed way too much!! Good luck with your blog and so glad you could relate to this x

  37. NewMummyBlog
    November 23, 2015 at 12:44 pm

    Fab post, I am similar, although air on the checking all the time more than having a break! Before maternity I was an analyst though so numbers are my thing 😳 I would say it doesn’t influence what I post, though does help me reflect on what I have posted recently so I don’t get too stuck in a rut publishing the same types of post when I have a pile sat nearly finished in drafts.
    Well done on managing breaks and good luck being freelance and taking your blog to the next level, if you want to team up for anything, just shout x
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 2:33 pm

      Thanks so much hun, glad you could relate! At least you have an excuse being an analyst – me and figures don’t really work!! I would agree with you and say they don’t influence what I post at all – I think when you get into that it can stint your creativity and probably comes across in your writing. Good luck with getting those drafts published! I will definitely give you a shout in the new year when I get a plan together xx

  38. Claire at Tin Box Traveller
    November 23, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    I find stats and web rankings mildly addictive. I think it’s partly from working in a world where you are constantly having to prove your worth through similar metrics and also, like you say, knowing that someone out there appreciates what you are doing. I don’t look at Google Analytics every week, but I do like to check in about once a month to see what my hits are doing. I’m more interested in rankings like Tots 100 and Trips 100. Those fascinate me (I know not everyone feels the same). Some months I’ll feel I’ve worked really hard and will drop a few places, then others I will make massive leaps when I think I’ve been slacking. I’d love to know the algorithms behind them! #KCACOLS
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Yep, Tots 100 is a bit of a mystery to me too – in fact I haven’t checked my place since September – must do that! I get a bit overwhelmed by all of the other measurements out there so tend to limit mainly to competing against myself! As long as I’m improving that’s the most important thing to me. I check the Parent Blogger Leaderboard too but that’s all done on Klout score I think which I think is more about social media than the blog itself, but it is all a bit of a minefield. I’m the same as you and some weeks do nothing and my score goes up, whilst other weeks think I’ve been a ‘good blogger’ and I go down!! X

  39. Azaria
    November 23, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    I try not to be too obsessed with my stats but I can imagine if I let myself I would be. As a newby I’m still trying to learn about everything I need to know as well as writing quality posts and improving my photography skills.

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  40. Clare
    November 23, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    I love this post! I too go through stages with being obsessed (and often disappointed!) then I give myself a kick up the bum and try to stop. Then I get a spike and I am all obsessed again! I too want this to become a career, and to be honest quite desperately whilst we go through some financial hardships at home. I love blogging and I don’t go along with the general grain all the time, which is a big no-no when you read all these “how i went from 10 to 1000 followers in a month” posts (which by the way I think on the most part are rubbish!). I constantly have to remind myself I have three children 5 and under, one being autistic, I have a home to maintain and a life to live. Blogging is a big part of that life but not the be all and end all! I have days when I just cant be bothered and that’s ok too! I think the less pressure I put on myself the better posts I write! And at the end of the day that’s what its all about! xx
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks Clare! You are doing so well with three children – I can barely manage to blog with just the one! I agree with you, I think those posts are mainly rubbish – as long as you write what you’re passionate about, that will come across and people will enjoy reading your posts. Good luck on turning your blog into a career xx

  41. Kim (sisterkin)
    November 24, 2015 at 7:44 am

    I agree – blogging can be all-consuming! Sometimes I am too busy checking my stats to write. I try to have a break over the weekend, otherwise as you say it can be frustrating. Good luck! #TwinklyTuesday
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  42. Ruth Douglass
    November 24, 2015 at 10:51 am

    haha your post totally rang true with me too – it’s really easy to get obsessed with stats and seeing people are reading your posts but I much prefer spending my time on writing about all the lovely memories I’m making with my family… good luck with your blog

  43. Martin - At Home With The Boys
    November 24, 2015 at 11:56 am

    When I first started with my websites, yes, I was obsessed. I would stay up until midnight, just to look at my figures. But then Google changed the time it updated its reports (mine anyway) and since then, I’ve not been so bad.

    However, I have found it’s important to choose the right figures to get obsessed about! I’m no more interested in what people are searching for more than anything. This means my posts are being found by people outside the blogging community, thus, bringing new readers to my site.

    It’s hard, yet important to get the balance right. Regular readers have followers that may stop by to read your blog, but writing posts that will show up in search engines means your post will last longer than a few weeks of doing the rounds on linky parties and FaceBook Pages etc.

    Great post and so reassuring. Thanks for sharing #KCACOLS

    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 2:51 pm

      That’s a really good point and something I don’t currently do to be honest. I need to use GA more to look at how people are finding my site in the first place as WordPress doesn’t tell me this which is what I mostly look at at the moment. So glad you enjoyed the post!

  44. jeremy@thirstydaddy
    November 24, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I check several times a day, but that’s also to see if I have any comments to approve. As long as I don’t take an extended dive I try not to worry too much. I have a pretty good base of readers, and as long as they don’t all decide to split, I’m content
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  45. Ros Emely
    November 24, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    I check my blog stats often too, which is probably not good haha! But since i also want to be working for brands and I have a target number of page views i want to each, it’s hard not to check my blog stats. So just not focusing on it and just writing from the heart and have fun with it it’s just the way to go πŸ˜‰
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  46. Baby Isabella
    November 24, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    We love looking at analytics from our blog and find it really interesting. We try not to obsess about it too much, on Monday we did a little dance when we had a spike! πŸ™‚ our blog is a hobby so it’s nice to know that people are reading our ramblings πŸ˜‰ #TwinklyTuesday x
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  47. Laura @ Life with Baby Kicks
    November 24, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    I get a little bit obsessed, each day I seem to have a new obsession. Currently its IG. I have a per day stats I like to hit but I’m not at the minute I just don’t have the time to write the content. It’s a fine line to tread #TwinklyTuesday
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  48. Rachel (Lifeofmyfamilyandme)
    November 24, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    I don’t check my stats anymore. I got into abit of a state with them around New Year where i came very close to walking away from it all. Don’t get me wrong i love receiving comments and seeing that other people can relate to me but DA and stats is something i try to avoid looking at otherwise i’ll forget the reasons why i started blogging πŸ™‚ #KCACOSL
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 3:02 pm

      I think it easy to get bogged down in it- well done you for not checking anymore! πŸ™‚

  49. Julia @ Rainbeaubelle
    November 25, 2015 at 9:42 am

    Oh I check mine all the time! I mean, I like to think I write for me but I also want to find an audience so I think it’s important to keep a check on how things are going. I need to try to increase mine though and not really sure how! xx #twinklytuesday
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  50. Rebecca
    November 25, 2015 at 10:57 am

    It is really easy to get caught up with stats isn’t it? I do check mine most days, although that’s not the reason I started blogging, I do find it very interesting! I find it hard to get the balance right too. I blog after baby has gone to bed in the evenings, but it’s easy to spend an hour or so promoting and then realise I haven’t written anything for the next day, which isn’t the idea at all! x
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 3:04 pm

      I find that I spend so much more time promoting than writing which isn’t really what I want to be doing. But then I think if nobody’s reading then what’s the point in writing in the first place!? It’s a bit chicken and egg really! x

  51. Maria @ Surburban Mum
    November 25, 2015 at 1:04 pm

    I go through phases of checking and not checking – it IS hard not to get obsessed with numbers though but I think it just goes to show how much we want our blogs to do well! Thanks for hosting #KCACOLS x
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  52. Mrs Tubbs
    November 25, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    I have no idea what my blog stats are and never look. Although I’m vain enough to want my posts to reach a wider audience as I think they’re good, that’s not really why I started in the first place so I try to avoid getting suckered in. Hopefully you’ll find a happy medium for you as I suspect that my complete lack of interest isn’t typical for a blogger!

    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      Haha, good for you! No, it probably isn’t typical but I admire you for not getting sucked in!

  53. Michelle
    November 25, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    I’m still trying to figure out how to use Buffer. I try to be as social as possible but with all of the holiday and birthday events coming up, I have been lacking lately. However, I’m okay with that for now. I am also taking a little bit of a break here and there to try to remember why I started blogging in the first place. I think we all need to do that from time to time so that we don’t burn out. Visiting from #waywow
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  54. Lindsey
    November 25, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    I’ve noticed my stats consistently decrease on the weekends (because I’m not promoting as much) and they are highest on Wednesdays, so I tend to get upset if I’m not at the same mark I was last week. I just keep trying to remind myself that it’s not a static thing and to step back and look at the big picture. Thanks for sharing.

  55. Jessica
    November 25, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    I check my stats every single day, obsessively.
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  56. Something Crunchy Mummy
    November 25, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    I went through a stage of being obsessed with my stats, it then got me down and I had to give blogging a break. I’m now blogging for me and writing posts I want to write. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx
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  57. Orana
    November 26, 2015 at 2:30 am

    So many of us fall in the same trap of “refresh refresh refresh”!!!
    Me included.
    I am sharing your post in our Blogging on your Own Terms FB group because I know A LOT of our members will relate.
    Much Love. O

    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      Haha, so glad it’s not just me. Thanks so much for sharing this post with the FB group – I will definitely pop by to check it out πŸ™‚ x

  58. Rica
    November 26, 2015 at 3:03 am

    I can obsess about the numbers too, but it’s only because I want to see that my efforts are yeilding results. I’m sure that stems from my innate desire to liked, accepted, and all the rest. The fanfare feels great, but it all boils down to this: I blog because writing is a cathartic practice, a creative endeavor, and a deeply ingrained passion of mine. And judging by that, I would say I’m successful simply because I keep writing! Thanks for the great post!
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 3:08 pm

      A great way to put it! I think in the end those are the real reasons why every blogger blogs. If the stats were taken away we would still be tapping away regardless x

  59. Lucy at occupation:(m)other
    November 26, 2015 at 9:07 am

    This is really interesting, such a tricky balance. I have a self preservation stats ban…I don’t look at them at all and so far I’ve stuck to it BUT this doesn’t mean i just write for myself. I write because I want to write primarily for me, yes, but it’s a nice feeling to know that other people will be reading it…I just don’t want to worry too much (and I know I would start to get obsessed) about exactly how many people! Does that make any sense at all!? However in terms of working with brands etc this isn’t a logical or useful standpoint…so I think a healthy interest in them sounds good. Getting the time to do the writing while doing the promoting is hard. Sounds like you are organised with great blog aims though so i’m sure you’ll figure out a balance…it may be that one has to take priority over the other at certain times like you say. #coolmumclub
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 3:12 pm

      Well done you for sticking to your stats ban – very impressive and wish I could do the same sometimes! Like you say though, as long as someone is reading and enjoying your posts it doesn’t really matter how many. x

  60. John Adams
    November 26, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    As someone who combines SAHD-hood with a p/t career as a blogger and writer I keep a close on my stats, but not stupidly so. They are cyclical and all it takes is for a major publication to pick up on something you’ve written and, bam, they sky rocket (as they do when hosting a good competition). Posting as often as possible, however, will help. It was when I starte dposting every day htings took off for me. #MMWBH
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      I have read that a few times from bloggers like yourself who have managed to make a career from it – perhaps if I spend less time promoting and checking stats I will find more time to write!

  61. mummuddlingthrough
    November 26, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    Screw the stats! Well, maybe. I am obviously as guilty as the rest of us at having little obsessive days..but other days the hubby seems more interested than me! Looking at the number of comments you have I’m sure you’re doing fab. I also think Stats are a result of how much you put in – i.e. how many Linkies you join. Sometimes, it just feels too much effort! One more stats observation….it’s a bit like asking someone their salary…no one ever divulges their stats do they?! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub hun x
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 3:18 pm

      Haha that is so so true – me included! Everyone has their own ‘ideal stats count’ in their head – but I think the posts constantly move as they increase – so we are never truly satisfied or feel like we’ve ‘made it’! It’s usually at the end of the month that I get a little more obsessive as I want to improve on the previous month’s figure. As we’re only at the 2nd Dec, I couldn’t care less right now! Plus it’s Christmas and hopefully I’ll be doing far more interesting things at the end of this month! I feel it will kick in for Jan though πŸ™‚ xx

  62. Min
    November 26, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Argh the stats! Mine generally have a knack of making me feel bad about myself, to be honest. I’m convinced they are the lowest stats in the world. I would literally be embarrassed to say them out loud. So yes, I think I can confirm that I am obsessed with my stats.
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      I really don’t think they will be the lowest in the world! I’m sure you’re doing just fine! I find that mine have built up very gradually over the past year – and that has taken a lot of effort! I don’t think many bloggers would happily divulge their stats out loud! Lol. I’ve just seen your latest post title and I’m off to have a read πŸ™‚

  63. Carry On Katy
    November 27, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Oh yeah! I’m a stat obbsessor! Ugh!
    Over time I’ve grown abit indifferent to it all. Some of the posts I am most proud of have had the least hits and the ones that I wasn’t bothered about have gone crazy. It was starting to influence what topics I would write about so I decided to stop looking at the stats. Simple! Problem solved.
    *logs in to check how many hits I’ve had today*
    Great post!…which probably did wonders for your stats!

  64. Carry On Katy
    November 27, 2015 at 8:04 am

    This is the third time I’ve tried to comment over the last two days and it won’t work….so ironically I have boosted your stats significantly! Woohoo!
    Great post! And yes, I’m a stat obbsessor! Or is it obsessive? How do I even spell that?!…must Google it!
    I try not to look at stats or worry about how to spell complicated words but sometimes I just can’t help it!

    Perhaps we should all do a thing that every time you look at your stats, you have to have a swig of prune juice. That outta solve the problem?!….unless you’re a fan of prunes of course.

    Great post!

    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 3:24 pm

      haha, sorry you had to comment three times – but yes, thanks it did wonders for my stats! πŸ˜‰ I don’t think we can ever escape the stats completely but yes, I think it’s healthy to not let them dictate what topics we write about as that’s when the fun stops. So glad I’m not a lone blog obsessor (obsessive?) X

  65. Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    November 27, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    LOL! I am slightly there! Perhaps a bit more than most. I check my Analytics each night, it helps me to know how to proceed, what works, what doesn’t. And since I am working to monetize these are important. I try not to let the stats get me down, or up, but I admit I do get there. It’s hard to sit a a plateau and know something has to change and not know what the answer is. But I also don’t want to just keep going if I’m headed in the wrong direction. It’s such a learning curve. I hope your stats are headed in the right direction!!!
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 3:27 pm

      It is such a learning curve Nikki but you’re right – if you’re trying to make money from the blog it’s something we need to be mindful of. I don’t really look at what topics work and what doesn’t so much as I’m still finding it’s mostly about how much I put into the promotion of a post rather than the content (although content obviously has some significance). I think perhaps I need to focus on this aspect a little more in terms of what people are searching for in Google and how they end up at my blog. The stats are headed in the right direction but it is definitely hard work isn’t it to get there! And where is there exactly anyway??! Ha

  66. Pili
    November 28, 2015 at 11:35 am

    I feel the same, some weeks I refresh every few minutes to check and share in all social media as crazy, and some weeks I must remember myself why I started blogging. I did it for pleasure, but trying to keep up with everything and posting twice (at least) every weeks it’s not always fun. So for my own sanity I repeat to myself that numbers are not as important and enjoy the jorney.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts too.
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  68. Debbie
    December 2, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Hi Natalie, I go through phases when it comes to following my blog stats. When I know I’ve been putting the time in I tend to check them a couple of time a day (probably trying to justify the time spent blogging when I probably should have been doing other things). When I know I’ve not been putting the time in my stats don’t bother me as I know what I’ll see will reduce me to a sobbing mess!

    I’ve recently been more active on Twitter and have noticed how many more followers I’ve been getting, which hopefully will translate to blog views

    Good luck with taking your blog to the next level, it would be perfect for being able to spend more time with your little one whilst still earning.

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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 2, 2015 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks Debbie, yes I find that Twitter does really help with page views as long as you know your audience (on Twitter mine are mostly bloggers). I think it’s healthy to take an interest in the stats but also to have a break from them every now and again! Good luck with your blog views xx

  69. Elizabeth
    December 3, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    There are times that I feel far too obsessed with page views, but recently I haven’t been checking too much. I know that if even one person is helped from a post then it’s worth it!
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    1. Mum in Brum
      December 12, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      I think this is definitely the right attitude to have – as long as you enjoy writing it and someone else enjoys reading it that’s all that it comes down to in the end. x

  70. Elaine
    February 25, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    I check my stats once a week and keep a record of them an compare them to previous weeks. I don’t have stat goals at the moment – maybe I should set some? At the moment i’m still growing my blog so i’d be too shy to send out media kits just yet.

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  71. Mrs Tubbs
    March 3, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    I check every so often, but figure as long as I’m enjoying blogging and getting shares / comments and making friends, that’s the main thing. It’s so easy to get caught up in statistics and get discouraged / lose site of what made you decide blogging in the first place / suck the fun out of it all

  72. Louise
    March 20, 2016 at 9:19 am

    I do get sucked in to looking at stats but I can tell you now that it has never made any difference to the opportunities I have had. So why I even bother looking at them I am not sure!

    1. Mum in Brum
      March 20, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      That is such a good point! I always think it directly relates to how many opportunities I’m going to get, but when I think about it that hasn’t always been the case!

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