When it comes to daily blogging, consistency makes such a difference for me. Daily blogging isn’t the easiest thing to do with full time work and other commitments, but I enjoy it. It is very important for anyone wanting to watch their blog grow to keep that ball rolling and no matter how often you post, keep the posting consistent.
I find it fascinating to watch the view count when I am blogging everyday. I put at least a couple of hours into my blog daily before or after work, and more if I have a day off. I know when I am not working on it as much as despite the daily posts, the less time I spend on it everyday is reflected in the stats.
Take this snapshot for example.
You can see the pattern emerge on October 18, in which I continued to post daily however spend more time on the blog. Before this you can see another similar pattern on October 3rd, a big spike (probably a day off) and then a gradual rise before a drop again on the 15th. The reasons are simple. Less time on the blog, less engagement.
Again, the same can be seen with the weekly view count. When I finished my farmwork in August, I started to travel down the east coast of Australia. I can tell from the stats why my view count is where it is, which is cool. Farming meant I had little signal a lot of the time and little time in the day to daily blog. So I didn’t. In fact, I only posted nine times between April and June. That is nothing for me, and a little regret of mine. But that’s life. It is only this month I am back on track with posting daily.
And of course, the stats are reflected in the longer term. I didn’t blog too much between 2014 and 2017, I did keep it active and had productive spells however these were short bursts and rare. When I landed in Sydney in September I spent a lot of time alone, and therefore much more free time to blog. I changed my blog theme, took plenty of photographs and had a ton of things to blog about. I kept this up and blogged full time, peaking in December before I had to leave Sydney and head up to the farm for my second year visa. The circled section is the same circled section in the weekly shot above, and despite the ups and downs seen above, it is clear that with every month my blog continues to grow at a steady and consistent pace.
I love the pattern in this one. Daily stats are going to vary, however my monthly shot has such a satisfying and continuous increase- a bit like a set of stairs- showing that when I blog consistently, I am rewarded. Readers like consistency, whether it is daily, weekly or monthly. Knowing what to expect and when keeps us coming back for more and the reason I am still subscribed to so many people. Inconsistency makes us unsure whether or not someone will deliver, and this makes us lose interest. Fast. This is why I have unsubscribed to some, be it social media, YouTube or WordPress. If you want readers, prove to them why you deserve their time, and vice versa.
And in the longer term. Such a huge difference between where I am now and when I started all the way back in 2014. I was very happy with my stats in 2014, despite being almost invisible now. The rise in views keeps me going and I know I have viewers that have been there since day one and I couldn’t be more grateful. Whether you are new to this blog or not, thank you so much for the engagement.
If I had any advice it would be to keep an eye on your stats. It is such a great tool to help monitor your growth and to help build your motivation moving forward. I check the yearly stats as much as the daily as it shows how far I have come. And thank you so much for that.
What a difference a few years makes.
Have fun blogging, keep it up and watch it bloom. What has your blog got in store for 2019?
Whatever it is, stay consistent!
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