Last week I posted the stats from my first two month’s blogging. The most hits I’ve had in a single day is 96, and what a day that was! 🙂
I knew my numbers were miniscule compared with some of the power bloggers out there like ProBlogger or Seth, but I really had no comprehension of the sheer volume of the potential blogging audience until I read Post-Mortem of My First Visit to the Digg Front Page on Jason Batholme’s SEO blog.
The article describes Jason’s experience with having one of his posts picked up by Digg and a few other social networking sites. A lazy 30,000 hits in one day, if you don’t mind!
(Imagine having to let your host know that what you have posted is so relevant and important to the web community that the traffic is likely to bring their servers to their knees! And to apologise to other customers for the impact your traffic has had on services to their site.)
Later on I found out that Problogger has nearly 25,000 subscribers. Sure beats my six!
I didn’t start up my blog to make money or even to build an audience – pretty much I wanted a repository for my writing endeavours, and I came across WordPress and fell in love with the functionality, look, feel (and price!) and the rest is history.
I soon found, however, that the WordPress stats section is pretty addictive, and I’m finding it hard not to think about ways of boosting my numbers – especially when I read posts like When Was Your Greatest Day of Traffic and How Did it Happen?
That would probably mean finding a niche, and writing more for others rather than myself. Also it would require more time and effort put into blogging, and with a focus on monetisation rather than just on the enjoyment of writing about things I find interesting or amusing.
I think I’m better off concentrating on writing and marketing some articles for publication and leave the blogging as an enjoyable sideline.
I’d be interested in your thoughts…