By Guest Author, Jean Chong
I’m just like many other blog readers: I’m fickle –I read other people’s blogs whenever the fancy strikes me. Now that I have less personal time, I’m even more picky in choosing blog posts that I click open to read. I’m even more mindful on the subjects that I want to write for blog posts. However, I want to ensure that I am still able to captivate a few passing readers to pause, read my pithy words and browse my photos.
Blog Metrics Tools That I Use
I regularly check behind my blog wall, statistics for my blog readers –at least daily. I use sitemeter for Third Wave Cycling Blog. The company president does want readers to feel comfortable checking this blog without revealing to the whole world, their visit presence –even if it’s only location of their Internet server. However on my personal blog, Cyle Write Blog , I like to use feedjit reader tracker in its widget. I like piquing a reader’s interest about location of other fellow readers world-wide.
For both blogs, WordPress viewer statistics have helped me when determining topics I want to write on, techniques I use to highlight older blog posts in various widgets, and also when I comment on other blogs and Internet forums on similar subjects.
How Blog Statistics and Reader Trends Help Me
Due to surprising popularity of my first post on bike art, I later spun off 2 additional blog posts on more bike artwork pieces. I was fortunate to hook up with a local artist and art book author who coincidentally was also a cyclist and did photograph outdoor public art as a hobby and for his book. He voluntarily offered some photos where I do give him credit on my blogs. In turn, I mention his art book in my blog posts with a direct link. This happy partnership happened all because he read my first bike art blog post!
Later I also wrote a completely different post on a third blog about bike art where I am a team writer for Tourism Vancouver’s blog, Inside Vancouver. As a team writer, I can also see my total view statistics for all my articles compared to their other team writers. So far, my viewing rank on this blog team, is modest because I choose to write in the niche area of cycling tourism and tourism sites accessible by non-car transport modes. But at least, WordPress blog statistics help me determine what grabs potential visitors to Vancouver and what they would like to see from the bike saddle or by walking.
A real surprise to me, is the level of interest and more diverse range of readers visiting my blogs: it isn’t just cyclists. Sometimes it’s people interested or hunting for specific topics on food or travel destinations. I can see this by the Google keywords they used to accidentally land on my blogs. I’m sure they are as surprised when they reach my blog as I am, to learn later of each other’s niche interests.
I am not a geeky, blog slave to metrics in order to generate writing inspiration for my blog content. But it’s a nice feeling to know that my core blog focus on cycling, as well my secondary blog interests in art, food, culture and travel, also have gained some interest or at least, curiosity.
Now I am more motivated to write on personal experiences and observations with some hopefully unique personal photos to flag down passing readers, have them browse around while they have a cup of coffee and blog surf. Yes, I always will continue to appreciate feedback from readers –always a bonus over metrics.
- Do your blog viewing statistics help you determine types of topics or your writing style for future blog content?
- Has it changed the type or range of topics that you will write?
- What trends in reader statistics for your blog, have surprised you?
P.S. Note for those with free blogs from and being free hosted by WordPress.com. Google Analytics CANNOT be used on your blogs.
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