I try to convince myself that I do not care much about statistics when it comes to evaluating this blog. I’m writing for my own enjoyment, I tell myself, to convey my excitement in living where I do, to connect with others, to exercise some creativity. All of this is definitely true.
But… WordPress, the company behind my blog, is so very expert at sharing statistics with its users. With one click, I can find lots of information—how many people visit the blog each day, what articles they read, what photos and links they click, what countries they come from, how many of them have “liked” or commented on an article. Some of you have asked if it also identifies viewers by name or email address. It doesn’t.
Driven by a mix of curiosity and ego, I look at my stats far more often than I should. In fact, I’m almost as addicted to checking stats as I am to checking my phone. I’m amazed and appalled at how competitive I’ve become.
This morning when I looked at my blog stats before getting out of bed (Yep, that’s not good), my number of views was the same as when I went to bed last night: 19,997 total views since I began writing the blog.
But when I got back to my car after yoga class—where we are not allowed to have our phones—I took a peek and found the number I had been hoping for.
Thank you to everyone who has read my ramblings. Thank you so much for your interest and support and generosity. As always, I welcome your suggestions and questions.