Hidey-ho, precious inklings!
Today marks the final day of Blog-Every-Day August (BEDAug), my grand experiment to see what would happen if I blogged every day for a month. That month has now passed, and I am pleased to report two favorable results for which I’d hoped:
1. I am, in fact, capable of blogging every day for a month.
2. Blog traffic did, indeed, increase.
Because I enjoy doing things backward, I’ll address the traffic increase first (delving into which posts seem particularly related to the increase, as well as general topics for the past month) and the discovery about my blogging habits last.
Here we go.
Blogging Every Day: Increase in Blog Traffic
I. Traffic Spikes
On one hand, compared to tons of bajillions of blogs out there, my blog doesn’t get a whole lotta traffic.
On the other hand, compared to tons of bajillions of blogs out there, my blog gets oodles of traffic.
The gripping hand (and my hat’s off to you if you get the reference) is that comparing my blog to other blogs is silly. Comparing your blog to other blogs is silly. Comparing ourselves to others is silly. But that’s another story and shall be told another time.
After 1 year and 8 months of this blog and attendant Google Analytics
obsessing checking, you’d think I’d be a GA expert by now. I’m not. Stats interest me up to a point (see Keyword Searches, below, which keep me entertained), but beyond that point, I don’t care to delve into all the numbers and percentages and blah de blah. A lack of interest in stats is actually what kept me from pursuing a major in Psychology instead of a minor. That, and the fact that going to grad school didn’t exactly swing my verge.
But I digress. As one does.
So. I don’t understand all the ins and outs of GA. But what I do understand is this: Several times during August, Court Can Write saw happy spikes of visitors. Because I lack GA-expertise, I can’t tell if each spike is related to what I posted on that particular day, or if it’s related to the post on the day before. For the sake of nothing in particular, I’m going to assume the former.
With that in mind, here are the spikes and what I think are their related posts:
Date: August 3rd
Number of visitors: 34
Post: “Glances That Fall Like Sunshine”
Topic: discovering Truth via poetry and changing the world in a good way by focusing on your personal circle of influence
Number of visitor comments: 0
Date: August 9th
Number of visitors: 32
Post: “We Must Disenthrall Ourselves”
Topic: patriotism and the drivel of both Democrats and Republicans
Number of visitor comments: 2
Date: August 17th
Number of visitors: 31
Post: “I Was a Weird Kid and Here’s Proof”
Topic: how my parents bribed my 8- or 9-year-old self into going on a week-long class field trip by promising me that we would go snail hunting when I got home, because I was into that
Number of visitor comments: 0
Date: August 29th
Number of visitors: 61
Post: “In Which Pregnancy and Car Wrecks Don’t Mix”
Topic: how I was in a car accident at 36 weeks pregnant
Number of visitor comments: 6
I’m not sure what conclusions to draw from these numbers. What interests me is that the spiked posts all relate to my personal philosophies or my personal history; none of my posts on the Writing Life sparked as much traffic. This makes me think that most of my visitors would rather read about me than read about writing.
While that’s a ridiculously effective ego boost ; ) I’m not sure what to do with it. Blog less about writing? Blog more about writing? Keep doing what I’ve been doing? Questions…questions that need answers, but I don’t think anyone can provide them for me. I certainly can’t provide them for myself.
Experiments with partially inconclusive results are fascinating but somewhat frustrating. ; )
Ah well. Onward!
II. Google Keyword Searches
Sadly, the keyword searches haven’t been terribly interesting this past month. From what I can tell, the only search strings possibly related to posts for this month were:
º “courtney cantrell” (obvious).
º “36 weeks pregnant” — which would bring readers to “Pregnancy Still Isn’t for Sissies” and “In Which Pregnancy and Car Wrecks Don’t Mix”.
Again, it would seem that what leads most people to my blog is stuff I write about me, not stuff I write about writing. Perhaps “Court Can Write” is a misnomer. Perhaps I should consider re-naming the blog “Court Can Live” or “Court Can Philosophize.”
(If you’re curious, other top keyword searches and their possibly related posts were:
º “bachelor in writing”.
º “light bulb metaphor”.
º “alexander and the terrible horrible no good very bad day moral”.
But none of these three were BEDAug posts.)
III. Other BEDAug Blogging Topics
During August, in addition to posts and topics I’ve already mentioned, I also blogged about the following:
º my short stories
º being created to create
º the nature of sarcasm
º the power of doodling
º vorpal unicorn morphing powers
º my novels
º how to murder a character in a novel
º the Olympics
º famous people
º my Most Official Rules for Living
º book reviews
º other people’s books
º my To-Read List
Just as a reminder, you can find all of the Blog-Every-Day August posts by clicking the tag “BEDAug” at the bottom of this one or by clicking “August 2012” in the sidebar on the left side of your screen.
Blogging Every Day: My Habits
Once upon a time, back in the dark ages of 2011, I resolved to blog twice per week and keep a cushion of blog posts. I started doing both of these things. I kept them up for a while. I’m not sure at what point these habits ceased, but cease they did.
If I rememory me correctly, blog traffic decreased incrimentally as a result.
As we’ve established here today, traffic has increased as a result of my blogging daily.
Increase in blog traffic is good. Increase in blog traffic means (hopefully) more connection with the readers of my novels and an increase in reader awareness of my novels. Both more connectivity and increased reader awareness are two of the main points of this blog’s existence.
Thus, it would behoove me to continue doing things that help meet these goals.
Thus, it would likely behoove me to continue blogging every day (and to work on my non-existent blog cushion).
Considering that I am about to become the main caregiver to a tiny, helpless human, it is not realistic to think I can keep up this daily blogging thing.
At least until I see myself approaching the point of tearing out my hair, I intend to try. Keeping up this daily blogging thing, that is.
You heard it here first, folks.
Owing Copious Thanks
For my success in this month-long blogging adventure, I owe thanks to the following people:
Judy Lee Dunn, with whom I first started pondering the blog-as-lab concept and who spurred me on in this adventure by quoting Yoda and telling me not to try it but to do it;
Astrid Bryce, who saw my Blog-Every-Day August announcement on Twitter and promised me cookies if I made good on my intentions (Astrid, I’ll be in touch!);
and Joshua Unruh, who joined me in this scheme after I promised to give the month-long blogging challenge some “structure” (whatever that means), as well as deliver him cookies for his successful completion of said challenge. As of this posting, he has yet to finish up Blog-Every-Day August by tendering his August 31st offering, but I have no doubt that he shall do so by the end of the day.
Judy, Astrid, and Josh, I couldn’t have done this without you. Thanks for a great Blog-Every-Day August!