Happy day after Valentine's Day! Love you all. <3 Thank you for continuing to read!
Today, I thought I'd write a blog post about blogging! I've been blogging for over a year and a half now, and it has really been a great experience. It makes me insanely happy, and though I know I don't have a massive readership, I still love the process and am super grateful for those of you who do read up.
I read lots of articles online from agents and authors talking about how some authors really struggle with maintaining the blog and social media presence that's almost a necessity for authors in this day and age. That's never really been a problem for me. Blogging is another kind of writing, and writing is what I love. I started blogging basically on accident, for those of you who remember. I was setting up an author website for later, and I accidentally published it. So then I was like, What the heck. And I started blogging. As I said, it has been very enjoyable for me. Those of you who keep up have probably figured out by now that I write a bunch of blog posts at once, save them, post them one at a time, and then do it again when I start running low. It's economic, I think, and I love the days when I get to start looking for new blog post ideas.
Not entirely sure where I'm going with this post, but, um, HOW ABOUT SOME WEB ANALYTICS. HECK YEAH.
For those of you green on the scene of blogging, web analytics show you basically how many people visit your website, and what they're doing, and how they got there. I do it through Google Analytics, which is the best analytics website I've found, very well put together. I check my analytics, I don't know, maybe every two weeks, whenever the urge hits.
This little doozy is the graph of awesomeness. Mostly I just read this stuff for fun. I especially like my rate of new visitors, I think that's quite amusing. Real bloggers, people who do it for money or marketing, they really keep tight tabs on this stuff. Me, I blog for fun, so this is just because I really like data.
Which is weird because I hate math, but, you know.
My favorite part of the analytics though, is the section where they tell you where your visitors are coming from. There are three types of visitors in this analysis: those who get to my site through web search, those who come directly by URL, and those who click on a link to get here. In these analytics, I can see, for type one, the search terms they use, for type two, the page they go to, and for type three, the social media they clicked with. I don't really know why it makes me so happy to look at these stats, it just does. The search terms are the best.
So here's a little peek into those analytics.
Viewer Type One
For your interest and entertainment, I shall provide you a list of the search terms being used to get people here. First term is "(not specified)." I'm not sure what that means; maybe y'all are really good at hiding your search terms from search engines. That one gets the most hits. The rest are all one-hit wonders but I'm sure amused by some of them. Here they are:
Viewer Type Two
I'm guessing most of you actually reading this post come by direct or social. My regular readers don't typically need search terms. So here's the list of web pages you guys went to most commonly during the time period specified (the month of October), in order of commonality. Happy to help you out!
Viewer Type Three
Here is how people are finding me via linky link link!
Tada! And that is how my analytics work. Anyway, I hope that was somewhat interesting . Next time, I'll be sharing some thoughts on the social media/book platform Goodreads, of which I am a member, but have some reservations. *Post removed*
Any thoughts from the viewers and/or the other bloggers?
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