Comments and Stats

I would like to preface this blog with the following statement: This is not a post where I moan that no one is commenting on my blog, I am merely discussing the noticeable drop in ofBooks’ stats since I have been employed.

I am now in my third week of employment, any time I have had to comment on other people’s blogs, comment on twitter or just find new book blogs has been eaten away by working. Checking my stats every few days, I have noticed that my drop in book blogger outreach has really affected my viewing stats and comment levels.

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Ignorantly, I must have just assumed that my visiting and interacting with fellow bloggers, or reduction there of it, wouldn’t affect anything, I would go along as usual. But, I think many of you are in the same boat as me, you’ve not got a lot of time, so really, unless someone is actively visiting you it is hard to find an hour or so where you can discover other book bloggers.

I’ve already decided, from discussion blogging schedules, that I will be planning all my blogs out at the weekend. With commenting, however, I am going to try to allocate 30 minutes each evening to make sure I go through my bloglovin’ feed and get visiting the blogs I follow.

How do you manage or asses a drop in visitor stats?

20 thoughts on “Comments and Stats

  1. Yeah, I definitely notice a drop whenever I am less active in the blogging community, too. It can be disappointing, but I realize that it’s just kinda the way it is sometimes. Whenever this happens, I usually try to make an effort to make myself/my blog visible again and remind people it’s there. πŸ™‚

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  2. Oh yes, I always notice a drop when I don’t comment on other blogs as much. When I left work and started staying home with my son, I noticed a drop because I just didn’t have time to comment each day like I used to. (That probably doesn’t say anything good about my work habits by the way…haha.) But, there is always a group of regulars that I know I can rely on, which is nice.

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    1. I think it’s lovely you have a little group of regular visitors. Having children is the busiest job ever, so I don’t think it is reflection on your work habits at all haha.

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  3. While I agree that it’s an issue, definitely, I’m more concerned with the loyal ones. The ones whose blogs I love reading and commenting on and who give meaningful comments to my blog, which I hope they also love. Those are the ones I worry about most. And when I do drop comments on new blogs (hello) it’s usually moreso because I enjoy reading the blog and want to see if they’ll feel the same and if we can become regulars for one another, amen.

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  4. My stats seem to go all over the place and have a lot to do with how much Twitter promotion I do and what giveaways I have going on currently. However, I agree that commenting also has an effect and I tend to do all of mine when eating breakfast in the morning and on weekends πŸ™‚

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  5. I find this happens, too. If I’ve commented lots previously to my loss of time (as in I’ve commented multiple times for a few weeks) it doesn’t happen, if I’ve only commented once or twice it does. It is disappointing sometimes, but then I think everyone’s in the same boat at the moment and commenting is lower across the board because we’re all busy at the same time. I don’t believe commenting is dead though, as some posts suggest.

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    1. I don’t think it’s dead either. I think you’re right, we are all busy at the same time generally. I suppose it might be because generally we follow blogs of people around the same age as ourselves, so we tend to go through the same experiences which can pull us away from having time to blog.

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  6. I’ve been getting more erratic with commenting recently, as I’ve had a busy year with launching a book and moving twice to different countries. It doesn’t seem to have affected my visitor stats too much, but more the comments. Also a lot of people are reacting on Twitter instead of commenting now. If someone tweets about my post but doesn’t comment, I’m OK with that. I try not to check the stats too much anyway – just a quick look once a month to make sure I’m heading roughly in the right direction. I used to be a lot more obsessive, and decided it wasn’t healthy πŸ™‚

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    1. I think as long as there is some social interaction you don’t feel as out of touch as when there isn’t anything. Checking stats too often is probably one of my weaknesses, I should probably bad myself from doing it for a week and seeing what happens.

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