@pattikuche Raincoaster can tweak stats LIKE A BOSS. There's a thread on here somewhere where she explains how, but I can't remember which one.
@mikey My best hits come on my cake posts, which have nothing whatsoever to do with my writing or why I blog. I like sharing my "cake art" but I wish my writing elicited as much praise. Of course, I'm learning to use the cake pictures as bait. You want to see a cake? Fine, but you're going to have to read a little something first. :-)
@nandobase You make an excellent point. If my blog was sitting there, getting no hits and no comments, is it likely I would continue blogging? Absolutely not. I could write in a private journal if all I cared about was "writing for myself" or because "I need to write."
I love my 1000+ comments (1/2 mine, of course) and my subscribers and my steadily increasing page views, but it was a little ridiculous in the beginning how often I checked the numbers. Posting everyday was becoming a chore, but now that I've found my groove, I've backed off a bit and the stats are steady, even on days I don't post anything new. I want good stats, but not at the expense of the best writing I can manage.