The strange beast

I’ve been trying to understand if there’s anything that predicts the success of a blog post, or the daily traffic that finds its way to this blog. You know, I’m a scientist. If I see long-term collected data, collected in a standardized approach, and I see variation, I try to understand that, and identify factors that may affect it. I’ve been doing this for more than a year now, and the approach, consistency and variation are all there.

Yet, no matter how hard I look at the variation, I can’t explain why some days I get 100+ reads, and on others less than ten.

The processes generating visitation seem completely and utterly random.

As one experienced blogger who’s sadly no longer with us told me when I just started: WordPress statistics are a strange beast.

It seems he was right.

What works for you, fellow writers? Or what doesn’t? I’m curious to hear your stories. Do you see any patterns or tactics that reliably work, or is random the standard, too? Let me know in the comments below!

Published by Robin Heinen

Father of two | Husband | Entomologist and Ecologist | Postdoctoral Researcher @ TUM | Traveler | Coffee Addict

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