A Surprising, but Practical Use for WordPress Stats

Today I had another lazy start to the day, just laying in bed browsing through my phone.

I kept telling myself I’d get up in five minutes, but I kept pushing that deadline back, until I finally decided I would get up in time for the Palm Sunday service that was going to be streamed live at 9:00 am.

Since all I had to do get ready for mass was brush my teeth and walk downstairs, I figured I’d get out of bed at 8:50 (like I said, it was another lazy start to the day).

At 8:49 I decided to check my WordPress stats one more time before I got out of bed. As I looked at the weekly stats, something was not right. I had been estimating what my weekly total was going to be by the end of Sunday evening, and it looked like I was not going to be close to hitting that number.

I calculated how many more views I would have to get over the next 15 hours, and it seemed like it was going to be near impossible. I started wondering if I might have to resort to using a click-bait title for my blog for the day as a way to perhaps artificially boost my views.

I then decided to go back and check my daily stats to see what had happened to cause my views to be much lower than I had estimated for the week.

It was then, while looking at the daily stats, that I realized it was only Saturday!

Woohoo!

While most people would be excited that they just picked up an extra day, especially a Saturday, I was excited because it gave me a whole extra day to hit my stats goal for the week!

And since it wasn’t Sunday, that meant I didn’t have to get out of bed right away to catch the streaming Palm Sunday mass.

But then I realized that while Sunday is a day off from exercise, Saturday is not.

So I finally dragged myself out of bed, contemplating what other practical applications there might be, besides keeping track of what day of the week it is, that I can use to justify my constant use of WordPress stats…

*image from Markinblog

45 thoughts on “A Surprising, but Practical Use for WordPress Stats

  1. πŸ€” Most interesting, Jim. Rushing the days of the week (It happens to the best of us).

    In my case, I always look at the date and the time on my smartphone in the mornings and I also do the same on my laptop computer.

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  2. Losing track of the days happens sometimes to those who live a life of leisure. It will take a lot more than that to be in the running for the laziest man in the world title. πŸ™‚ Enjoy your second sunday this week!

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    1. thanks, John. So far, my second Sunday is off to a good start! I hope you are enjoying the weekend as well. And I guess I’ll just have to work “harder” for that laziest man title…

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  3. Jim, it is not all your fault that you are addicted to stats. If you take notice, the WP site is constantly teasing you with notifications, pop-ups, and an admin page that is constantly feeding you numbers. Now, as to remembering what day it is. My recommendation – Check the date and day on your phone first thing each morning, well I mean, first thing right after checking your stats. 😁

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    1. And I fall for WordPress’s tricks every day. Good advice on checking my phone for the date and day, but I was just so convinced it was Sunday that I would have felt there was no need to do so!

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  4. Last Thursday, I was preparing for work and wondering why I had not received my schedule for Friday yet. Someone mentioned that I was not going to get my schedule for Friday – because the next day was Saturday. It’s kinda nice to find out I’m farther along than I thought! 😊

    I haven’t watched stats. Is it helpful? 😊

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    1. it sounds like you lost a day there, but how nice that you had reached the weekend! I like the stats, but I should warn you that they can become quite addictive – at least they have for me…

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      1. They are indeed and you are correct, Jim it is very much part of the local community…I miss my Saturday jaunts but at the moment I feel safer at home. I look forward to normal life being resumed at some point. I did go to the small daily market close to my home today as I needed some vegetables it wasn’t as busy red lines and tape everywhere and many stall holders were absent there was just a few and some smaller traders although I did get some nice unusual fruit. Be safe ..

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    1. thanks, Peter. Cheers to you! By the way, we are really enjoying The English Game on Netflix about the beginning of football as we know it. A strong Scottish influence, and I love the Scottish accent!

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