I started this blog at a time in my life when I needed something occupational & stimulating to keep me going (long time readers will know I spend a period of time unemployed following a lay off) and the purpose was to write about what I was watching – I always fancied a bit of writing and thought I’d try my hand at putting to page my thoughts and reviews of all this stuff I was watching. Being unemployed I was especially finding the time to fit in all of the movies and TV shows that were of interest to me.
But, I wasn’t writing enough. I struggled to write about everything I was watching. Sometimes I had nothing to say. And the internet is so saturated with opinion in this area that I was but a drop in the ocean. My voice was drowned out and, you know what, I’m not sure my reviews were all that good – or not certainly saying anything that everyone else wasn’t already saying. Asides from some interested friends & family, and a small community of bloggers who took me in & read each other’s work, my stats were showing me that I was averaging 5 – 15 page views a day, which is nothing really when you compare it to the numbers some of my fellow bloggers get.
Anyway – as my life circumstances began to change my attitude to blogging changed. I secured a new job, and my family grew, so I started to look at the world quite a bit differently. So I changed the direction & tone of my blog. I started my “Friday 15s” and wrote more about my life, and completely moved away from writing movie & TV reviews.
The thing is, despite this change, I am still averaging 5 – 15 page views a day. There is no discernible increase or decrease following the change of tone to my blog.
I don’t actually have an issue with the numbers – it was never about becoming a superstar blogger – it’s the lack of depth in the reporting and the absence of feedback that is on my mind. I can’t interpret the data to understand who’s reading my blog, and why. I don’t know what’s liked; I don’t know whether people are finding the anecdotes humourous, or the reviews useful, or even why they are reading my stuff in the first place. My ‘Like’ button gets pressed a little bit; there are small instances of comments, but not in a comparable volume to the number of readers.
I read a number of other people’s blogs and see that they illicit large volumes of comments & ‘likes’ on their post and I’m feeling a bit green-eyed about it – I want to understand how to illicit response & feedback from the people who do visit my blog and read a page.
So – fellow bloggers – help me out a bit. I suppose I’m a bit frustrated about the invisible nature of my readers and their silence – my readership is a black void I know nothing about. What is it that you do to get feedback in? Are there better ways of reporting or interpreting the data that can help me out? What can I do to illicit more comments that tell if what I’m doing is working?
Answers on a postcard please…