Do you look at your blog stats and how often? Do you let search stats influence your writing?
If I notice I am having a good day I will look at my graph throughout the day. Mine has a lot of peeks and valleys. I would love to even it out on the high end..
One of my high searches were for "Dirty Moms" I had wrote a post called " Real Moms get dirty" about splashing in puddles and gettin' dirty with the kids- Questionable search there. Also I found a funny quote from Lucy of Charlie Brown fame and that drew some people in.
I have a site meter widget that shows how many visits I get. I'm always jiggling the mouse to wake up the computer from sleep mode to see how many hits I've got. I think I'm becoming obsessed with it though.
Guess I might be the odd ball cause I really don't check mine that often - well for my personal blog anyway. I like writing and I want people to check it out, but I don't mind having off days on it. Now I have an admin / techie guy that handles all of my other blogs and he usually sends me an update every day about my stats, but sometimes I don't check it because I think I am getting superstitious about them. I am not a superstitious person, but when it comes to those blogs, I just don't want to know. I know it's silly.
Yes, unhappily I do check my stats (too often!) but it is at once so flattering and so frustrating. I don't understand what the various stat trackers are telling me. I love the Feedjit maps, because those red dots look like the whole world is reading me, and when I zoom in, I see exactly what posts people have read. But Sitemeter's information -- very specific -- tells me almost all my visits last 0:00 minutes!! Are people looking, going "ugh," and leaving instantly? Or is Sitemeter tracking feed aggregators simply "pinging" me for new content? Bizarre ...I have to remind myself that I started blogging for fun, not necessarily to reach tens of millions in my first six months. Cheers everybody.
Nancy I'm going through the same thing.
Just yesterday I had to check in with myself and ask 'Why did I start doing this?' The last thing anyone needs is low self-esteem because of what the ol' Sitemeter says.
Blog if it feels good.
OMG I spend WAY more time checking sitemeter and comments than I do writing. The funniest thing is when I click on "Who's On Now" on sitemeter and I see that like 4 or 5 people are on I get all blushy and excited - like I want to poke my head in and go "hi-thanks for coming! whaddaya think?"
yes I don't know why it is so addictive I think I look almost every day. I just love seeing who is looking and how they found me! Why is blogging so darn addictive. I mostly do it when my son naps and if he didn't nap I don't know what I would do!
Rigth now my graph looks like something a child drew... a child that speaks Greek...
I have nto really figured out blog stats yet....I am still in the stages that I 'ohh' and 'aah' when someone makes a comment at all.
I guess I am blissfully ignorant at this time. ;-P