Writing

On blog stats

Recently, I watched Stephanie Nicole’s video where she says she feels discouraged if her viewer engagements go down. I totally get it because I myself am a content creator, and when I don’t see responses to my posts, I stress out, too.

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I love blogging, don’t get me wrong. I’m not purely in this for fame or money. Still, engagement is something that’s meaningful to me because it makes me feel like I’m not just shouting into the void.

It’s hard to keep doing this when you feel like you’re not getting through to people. Add to that the fact that I’m shy about self-promotion, well, I’ve got myself a stagnant blog.

Honestly, it shouldn’t be a big deal.

I blogged for 10 years without caring too much about my stats. Really, I don’t know what’s different this time around – maybe it’s the fact that I got a domain – but it’s nerve-wracking to see my blog views so low.

I see other blogs with their sponsored posts and fancy flatlays and high engagement rates, and I can’t help but feel jealous. What is it that I’m doing wrong? Am I not promoting my blog enough? Is my writing not getting through to people?

It’s a difficult spot to be in, for sure. But nothing worth having comes easy.

Ela is a twentysomething who is constantly getting stuck in self-destructive behavior and bouts of low self-esteem. She struggles with depression and writes to relieve herself of her feelings. Sometimes she even blogs about other things like makeup and positivity. One of her pieces was published in the Inquirer Young Blood in October 2017. She likes cats, dogs, and sometimes even people.

2 Comments

  • Monch Weller

    Hi! Saw your comment at Kat’s post re: influencers, and then I read this entry of yours. 🙂

    The problem nowadays is that most people are too superficial, too lazy to read written media, or both. The current generation is a visual one with a short attention span, thus the popularity of vloggers and so-called “Instagram influencers.”

    Heck, even I don’t have a large amount of views. Right now, it’s more or less 53,000 – considering that I only started my current blog around late 2013. The only views I get are from Western countries, which are not my blog’s intended audience to begin with. (I originally aim for a mostly Filipino readership, but I’ve expanded this to Southeast Asia.)

    But think of it this way: maybe the views come from bots who artifically inflate blog statistics? I’ve had cases of a sudden view spike from countries such as India, Pakistan, , the United States, and Bangladesh. A lot of unique visits, but artificial. Don’t let low viewership discourage you from writing, however. Better to have a few real people visiting your blog and dropping a comment. 🙂

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