More pictures? More rants? More what?

WordPress statistics, as I have written about several times, are a weird thing. Unpredictable as hell. However for almost the entire time I’ve been daily blogging, one thing was almost a given. The number of views was pretty much double the number of visitors. I always saw this as a good sign: if visitors liked one post, several probably read another post or two. I’m not sure what I’m doing different, or wrong for that matter, as for a couple of weeks now not only did my visitor number decline, also the ratio of views to visitors went down drastically. It’s going to be my worst month in terms of views and visitors, ever… I’m not sure what to think of it. Is it because of summer? Last June was one of my busiest months… Can’t be it. Is my writing that much worse? I’m sometimes wondering whether it’s because I used to write more long rants about things. Some readers have told me in the comments before that they liked my rants. Maybe I’ve written off my rantiness. Maybe I’ve mellowed? I may have gotten boring. I rant less, yet I feel more angry. It may also be because I use fewer pictures lately… Should I include more pictures?

Fellow bloggers, have you ever noticed temporal differences in view to visitor ratios before? What did you do to boost them?

Published by Robin Heinen

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

10 thoughts on “More pictures? More rants? More what?

  1. I used to pay a lot of attention to my stats, but I stopped because it felt like something I truly had no control over. I’m trying to be consistent and hope at some point it pays off. 🤷‍♀️

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  2. I think there are seasons to the stats. They’re definitely not consistent throughout the year. The only pattern I’ve noticed is that my readership drops significantly on Sunday for some reason. But yeah, that’s the reason why I’ve stopped looking at the stats so frequently now, as it’s so easy to get lost in rumination and what-ifs.

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    1. Hey Stuart, yes, it seems you are right. I always noticed weekend dips. I always attributed them to my ecologist colleagues not working (and being on Twitter) on weekends. However, both these things may be myths. It’s probably more of an overall rule that people spend more time away from the screen. Maybe it’s because most restrictions have been lifted in many places. People rather do other things than read my blog – which is understandable and forgiveable.

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  3. I bumped one of my posts for you today. It will be in your reader tomorrow morning. Don’t sweat it! Forget the numbers. It’s summer, school is out, people enjoy being outside more than sitting in front of their computer -which is a good sign.

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    1. Then I will have to have a look! How do you bump your posts? Did I miss a good trick? (Maybe I’m not so good at this game haha)

      You’re right. I prefer people appreciating the outdoors over them reading my blog. I also prefer outdoors to working on my blog… Winter writing is easier!

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