You’ve been blogging for a) a couple of months; b) too many years to count; c) 3 years, 8 months, 42 weeks and 17 days and you’re beginning to feel a bit lost. All bloggers experience this feeling at some point in their blogging career so feel secure in the fact that you are not alone. My goal is to help you find your way back to the heart of why you blog, renew your passion for writing and help you to feel happier and more confident about your work. Are you ready to take up the Embrace Happy Blogger Challenge?
The Week One Challenge is to Block the Stats. Now if you’re lucky enough to either be wondering what “stats” are and where do you find them or if you rarely check your Google Analytics or WP Stats numbers, then you get to smile and wave as you sail through Week One toward Week Two. For the rest of us who regularly check (up to several times a day) your views, visitors, bounce rate, page rank, followers and Klout score, it’s time to stop. Do you find your mood rising and falling in reflection to your stats? Do you wonder what went wrong with the post you just wrote if it doesn’t get more than 10 views in the first hour after publishing it? It’s time to stop!
Stats are really, truly only necessary if requested by a PR or brand and even then, should not be the deciding factor in whether a brand is interested in working with you. Yes, it is helpful to have a general idea of how a post is received or how many people are visiting your blog and from where. But if your stats are becoming an obsession with you, if you are checking stats on an hourly basis and writing posts inspired by a trending topic in order for a post to rank higher, you are most definitely in need of a break.
The best choice to Block the Stats is to do so “cold turkey”. Simply stop checking! If you feel that this is too drastic a step, I would encourage you, first, to admit honestly how many times an hour/day/week you check your stats. Next, cut your stat checking in half on Day One. By Day Three I’d encourage you to only check your stats once a day. By Day 5 you should be “stat free” which will carry you through the weekend. How do these steps make you feel? If you write a post and don’t check on its reception, does it make you feel any differently about that post? The mission of Block the Stats is to get to the heart of why you write. Don’t worry about the numbers. Instead, focus on the words and what they mean to you.
I’d love to know how you feel about your stats so feel free to comment below to let me know how many time a day/week/month you check your stats. As you take up this Embrace Happy Blogger Challenge, make note of how you feel INSIDE about your blogging at the beginning of the week and how you feel about your blogging by the end of the weekend. I believe the end result is that you will feel happier, more content and less concerned with what others think. Tell me if I am right!
Karin Joyce is the creator of Embrace Happy, a website where the focus is on celebrating the little things in life. The Embrace Happy tag line is: Not every day is good but there is good in every day! Karin has been a member of the UK Lifestyle Blogging Community since 2009 and is now embracing happy every day. Karin is the proud Mum of Sam (3) and Ella (6 ½) and wife of Mark. You can read more at Embrace Happy and follow Karin on Instagram and through the #embracehappy hashtag on all social media channels.