This is how crazy I am. I’m concerned, because I’m getting too many blog hits.
Allow me to explain.
Last week I wrote a post early Wednesday morning, 2 May, titled Penultimate Daydream. I will be the first to admit that it was a bit of a rambling post, mostly because I was feeling sleep deprived, and I wasn’t thinking all that well. It came out pretty much as a stream of semi-consciousness, which it was.
Now, before I put that post up, I was having a pretty good week. I’d had decent hits on the blog for Monday and Tuesday, and I was surprised to see Wednesday do as well. I will admit, I follow the hits my blog gets. I follow where the hits are coming from. And, as you’ll see, in some cases I know who you are . . .
So I posted Wednesday. The post was Tweeted, and then put up on StumbleUpon, and my Pintrest page. For those who are looking to market themselves, I recommend these last two pages, as we writers need all the crazy exposure we can get.
I’ve watched my blog, mostly because I’ve been sick since Wednesday–coincidence?–and I haven’t been able to do a lot of writing. My mind hasn’t been in a happy spot, and getting out the daily blog post has been the majority of my creative endeavors of late.
So I watch.
Now, lets add to the equation that I’ve been at The Real Home since Friday night. Today is a state holiday, so rather than drive back to The Undisclosed Location on Sunday, I worked from home yesterday, and I’ll head back to the work site tonight. (Yay, me.) So even more so that other times, I’ve had my finger on the pulse of my blog.
The numbers have been insane.
Friday I saw a 100+ day. Same with Saturday, which had never happened before. Then Sunday–even bigger. And yesterday, Monday the 7th, was my biggest day ever.
So why am I bothered by this?
I use the website StatCounter to . . . lets just say it gives me a lot of particulars about who comes to the blog. I see people coming in from all over the world, which is good.
However, sometimes I see how long some of the people stay, and that . . . well, there are more than a few instances where I see a time of four seconds. Or two seconds. Even saw one hit where one person stayed one second.
As a writer, I don’t want to be a way station for people looking for a particular fix. I’d like people to stay a bit, read, and perhaps find themselves entertained. I’d love for people to hang out, even more so than I enjoy the hits.
The strange thing is, I know what’s causing all the hits. It’s a tag I used. That’s what’s pulling people in.
Which means . . . I’m at least getting better at finding the right lures.
The illness seems to have dissipated, so maybe I can get back to doing what I do best tonight.
And it’s not sleeping . . .