Embrace Happy Blogger Challenge Week One: Block the Stats

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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!

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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 JoyceKarin 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.

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About Karin Joyce

Karin Joyce is the creator of Embrace Happy, an inspirational and motivational website where the focus is on celebrating the good in our lives every day. The Embrace Happy tagline is: Not every day is good but there is good in every day.

Before starting Embrace Happy, Karin was one of the “old school” bloggers from the early days of what was then British Mummy Bloggers with her parenting blog Cafe Bebe. In between school runs, blogging and being a wife to Mark and Mum to Ella (6 1/2) and Sam (3), Karin also works as a freelance social media manager and consultant.

10 Comments

  1. 22 March 2015 / 21:32

    great advice. thankfully I’m firmly in the ‘i don’t check my stats’ camp – It does throw me into a panic on the odd occasion we have been asked by a PR agency as I have to try to remember how to look them up but we’ve had so many wonderful opportunities without having to be stat focussed that I truly believe that blogging should be about quality over quantity. x

    • 26 March 2015 / 21:19

      thebeesleybuzz,
      Huzzah & Pip Pip for you! You are awesome!
      Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!
      Karin

  2. 23 March 2015 / 12:27

    This is such a good idea! I am officially a stats addict. Not for any particular reason other then I’m competitive with myself and constantly want to be better…..but I like the idea of thinking about your posts and not your stats!!
    I think this will be hard for me but I’ll give it a go 🙂

    • 26 March 2015 / 21:18

      Seychellesmama,
      Being competitive is good! There is absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to be better. But when your mood rises and falls with your stats, that becomes unhealthy. That is NOT a reason to blog. That is a reason to NOT blog! I’d love to know if you do give it a try, if there is any difference in how you feel about the posts you’ve written and your blog in general. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!
      Karin

  3. 25 March 2015 / 14:57

    I think I’m going to try this. I’m not sure it’s ever a true reflection of your worth as mine shoot up when I run a giveaway and most people who enter don’t read most of what you’ve taken the time to write.

    • 26 March 2015 / 21:15

      Ali @ Mum in a Nutshell,
      Things like giveaways, competitions and Linkys can definitely give our numbers a boost but it’s a real test to see if those numbers maintain or drop suddenly afterward. If you are happy with what you write and you feel good about having done it, that’s all that really should matter. Thank you for taking the time to comment!
      Karin

  4. 26 March 2015 / 19:47

    I’m a numbers person and always have been since starting work – research and data analysis kind of does that to you. In the car, I love looking at my range and mpg performance, and when I go to my blog to write a post, it’s the stats page that’s first in my drop down. I don’t get too het up about it, but I like a challenge and am competitive with how posts are doing and whether my stats are gradually rising.

    That’s about all I do with them. I do have GA, but can’t be bothered with trawling through it, because it’ll just take time I don’t have.

    I might try this week and see how it goes. It will definitely be hard because I’ll have to avoid my main dashboard page as well.

    • 26 March 2015 / 21:13

      Emma T,
      You sound like you have a very healthy approach to your numbers! I think the key is that if your stats falling has a negative emotional effect on you, then it’s really time to take a step back. I’d love to know if you are able to block the stats, if there is any difference to your feeling about your posts or blogging. Thank you for taking the time to comment!
      Karin

  5. 31 March 2015 / 15:39

    oh dear, I am a stats checker. My blog is new-ish and I’m trying to build up my following so I often check stats to see if my posts are “doing better”. I can’t imagine not checking! A challenge for me this week I’m sure.

    • 02 April 2015 / 11:44

      Mrs M,
      It’s not a bad thing to be a stats checker but when your mood is affected by them or your blogging changes as a result of them, it isn’t a good thing! Give it a go and let me know how you get on! Thank you for taking the time to comment!
      Karin x