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The unanswerable question: Is my blog doing well?

  1. I've been blogging just over a month and the stat page has been a mystery to me since Day One. What is a good number of views for a new blog? Will it get better? Am I wasting my time? I guess it doesn't really matter. I blog because I'd go crazy if I didn't. I am a stay-at-home-mom to 5 children. Believe me, I need the outlet. But the uglier side of me can't help but wonder how I "measure up" to other bloggers. I find myself obsessing about it. Then again, I'm an aspiring writer (gag) with inferiority issues and mild obsessive compulsive disorder.

    The blog I need help with is momfog.wordpress.com.

  2. me again , don't worry about the hits i stopped long ago when i was only getting 5 to 8 a day now i'm getting 120/140 a day , it takes time

    btw , you don't have a hit counter in your blog

  3. I was too scared to put one up. I have one now, though. Is the only option to show the total number of hits? Can it be broken down in any way?

  4. I hear you! I launched my first blog the other day and I can't stay away from the stats page. I cheer every time there's a new one. Tell you what, I'll read yours if you read mine! All the best. John

  5. Don't get to wound up about measuring up. If you do that, you'll end up making an ass of yourself (like I recently did).

    Just keep writing as long as you love it.

    5 kids? 4 here. Even with my 4 I know, from experience, you don't have time for anything you don't love. ;)

  6. I started my blog in November but I still haven't shared it with family or friends yet. I wanted to get some posts up first so they could slowing read them over time. Yesterday I sent my link to 4 members of my family to see what they first thought. I have good feedback so far. I will check out your blog and let you know my thoughts in hopes you will return the favor. I love reading blogs.

  7. kelly, you might as well bite the bullet and share. The first time I clicked the publish button I thought I was going to throw up. Now, one month later, I just shake uncontrollably for about an hour. It gets easier every time. Will people read the blog? If they do, will they hate it? Who cares? They're welcome to click on through and find something they like better. By the way, I agree with you. Screw the tip jar. Do your job.

  8. Wow, ladies, I have to say publishing never worries me. OK, never might be an overstatement - there are a couple of posts (pictures really) that had I stopped and thought about it for too long I might have chickened out, but that would have defeated the purpose of my site.

    Sometimes I don't share to Facebook in case my Facebook friends get heartly sick of my saga.

    I've worried at times that our Immigration Department might hold my site against me - but if I allow that to stop me I am also defeating the purpose of my writing. Perhaps because I am on a crusade, I do not get the shakes!

    So give up the worrying, or you'll never enjoy the journey. If people do not like your writing they can simply not read. Do it for you, not for them.

    I'm with Harry - do not worry about the stats, they take time.

  9. @teamoyeniyi: I may have been overstating a little bit about publishing anxiety. I'm prone to exaggeration.

    I'm actually happy with my stats. Within the last week I had one day with 113 views (personal best) and a 96. I know it doesn't matter, but blogging is time-consuming and a little love is heartening, so to speak.

  10. @momfrog - LOL - OK - so when you share your children's exploits we will be prepared for a certain degree of exaggeration and not take you word they really tried to build a rocket and blast off from the garage!

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