Friday, December 14, 2012

Page Views, by the numbers

I'm the first to admit that I really don't know exactly what Page Views are but, because they're recorded by Blogger, I assume they are good. I suppose they are unique visitors to my blog (first-time visitors, perhaps); I really don't know. If anyone wants to explain it to me, please do so. I'd like to know.

I went through my list of blog posts and found the ones that have the highest number of Page Views. It's quite surprising. Here are the top five:

1) Mind Mapping a Book: 211 see it here
2) Kathan's drawings: are they art?: 144 see it here
3) Mind mapping and fiction: 98 see it here
4) First Campaigner Challenge: 72 see it here
5) How engrossed do you get in a book?: 63 see it here

From this list, it appears that the topic of writing does not draw nearly the Page Views as other topics do. Most of my posts about writing seem to get in the 30-50 range.

How should I interpret this? Should I aim for more posts about non-writing topics? I'm beginning to think so. There are writing blogs I've seen that have 2000-3000 followers, but not very many. There are non-writing blogs I've seen that have much higher numbers of followers: 20,000, 30,000, and higher. I guess it depends on what you want your blog to do. Do you want to stay in a narrow range of topics, or do you want to expand them? Is it important to you how many followers and/or Page Views you have? Are you happy having a small group of followers, or do you want to reach the whole world?

I think this is an important topic, one you should take seriously. I'm taking it seriously from now on.


Misha Gericke said...

At the same time, it's important not to lose what you want the blog to be for the numbers.

Because I doubt that it would help at all.

That said, I'll stick around regardless of what you decide. :-)

Paula R C Readman said...

Richard, I think you should write about what you enjoy writing about than worrying about the number game.
As for followers I would rather have a few followers so I can visit their blog and enjoy read what they are writing about than a large number and never have time to visit them because there is too many. I enjoy reading your blog even though I don't always comment.
I hope you have a great Christmas and I look forward to reading your blog in the New Year.

Happy Christmas.

Michael Offutt, Speculative Fiction Author said...

I have no idea on how to answer this. I think that page views don't mean much to be honest.

Tanya Reimer said...

I did notice that most of my comments are left by other writers even though many others view or read the page. So sometimes it feels like they are the only ones reading it, but this isn't the case. Your page views are a reminder that you are on the web, and when someone does a search for mind mapping they find you and read you.