It’s just my second day back of blogging, and already I’ve become obsessed with my stats, again.
I had done a pretty good job of only looking at my stats about once a day since I stopped blogging on March 31, but today I must have checked them at least 20 times.
There was a nice little bump in the number of views today, which I had expected since it was the first time I posted something in a long time. I thought the four-month pause from blogging would have given my followers enough time off to have forgotten how much blather there really is in my posts, and they would make the mistake of clicking on my new post either to see if things had improved (that’s laughable) or just to confirm that things were as bad as ever.
But perhaps the stat that sticks out the most to me, and concerns me the most, is the growth in the number of followers. Over the past four-plus months during which I did not post a single blog, I picked up 159 followers. To put that in perspective, after my first 50 months of blogging every single day, I had 50 followers.
That seems to suggest that I can pick up more followers by not blogging. It seems like people are essentially sending me a message – if you don’t post anything, we will gladly follow you. But once you start posting again, forget about it…
In other words, I am better rewarded for not publishing than I am for publishing a blog post…
So you may wonder why I am writing this post.
It’s a legitimate question for which I have no answer.
But at least the stats give me something to write about, like the good old days.
Plus, I think I will start a new online certificate program:
“How to Get More Followers by Doing Nothing. Literally, Absolutely Nothing”.
That sounds like the kind of course I would sign up for…