Blaugust Day 28 – You Don't Say?

Metrics and traffic and referrers, oh my!

I actually don’t care too much about those, though there is something hypnotic about clicking on all the little metrics bars for all the different time periods, at least here in WordPress. But I checked the Comments info out last night and it did make me laugh, so I’m sharing it with you. Actual numbers have been removed a) to hide my shame or b) to not shame others, or c) because they really don’t matter — take your pick.

The screenie below shows the comments each month for the last 12 months, starting in September 2014. The smallish peaks (December and April) coincide with me doing a lot of Sims Legacy challenge posts alongside  WoW-Draenor and my usual fluff. January – March see me putting out exactly four posts each month, which doesn’t really give people much to talk about.

2015 blog comments

And so we circle back to Kanter’s decision to comment on at least one blog post a day during Blaugust. I loved that idea and though I haven’t actually kept notes (even mentally) of whether I’ve commented every day or not, I’m pretty sure I’ve managed at least one comment on one blog every day for the last 26 days — not counting my own, obviously.

I’m probably even happier about that than I am about blogging every day, because the latter is purely a self-involving exercise whereas the former requires me to interface with other people, something I’m occasionally happy to do in spades (with appropriately long sanity breaks in between) but don’t like to have to do all the freaking time every day every week for a whole freaking month and not just a February month noooo a 31-day month and can you tell this is starting to wear me down?

I’ll tell you one thing about blogging every day, commenting every day, and interacting on Twitter every day* – it does get to be a habit, and one I’m not sure I want to give up. It brought me back to my blog and other people’s blogs and has renewed my enthusiasm, if not for MMOs, then at least for talking about them with other people. I’ll just have to find that proper balancing point between ‘often enough’ and ‘so often it makes me want to chew my keyboard’.

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* Which has been by far the most exhausting part of the whole endeavour, for me. I enjoy it, but God it’s tiring. Expect me to go Twitter-mute for a while without warning.

 

4 thoughts on “Blaugust Day 28 – You Don't Say?

  1. I’m trying to comment more not just to send traffic http://CoutureGaming.Com back to my blog, but to let the writer know I read it and enjoyed it. I think hits and social media is not as personal as adding a comment to a blogger’s hard work.

  2. I adore commenting, but more often than not it’s because I love to hear myself digi-talk. XD

    No, but seriously, I try to come up with things of substance to post…at least, substance in my mind. More often than not it ends up me saying, in a very long way, “I TOTES AGREE WITH YOU HIGH FIVE!”

  3. I’ve gotten used to Twitter over time, but I agree it can be exhausting. One way I help myself is I’ve created private lists. So when I want to just check people I know from X place, I can just read that.

    I’m prone to trying to read EVERYTHING from EVERYONE I follow otherwise, and that’s not a good plan at all.

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