10 Things That Happen Once You Stop Obsessing About Your Blog Stats #Blogs #Blogging


Before I started my blog I hated statistics. Bar graphs did nothing for me and the only random facts I held in my head were the number of times I told my kids not to do something and the number of chocolate bars I managed to sneakily eat whilst no one was looking.

Then I became a writer and launched BlondeWriteMore.com. Overnight I ditched the parent metrics and the snack tally. There were more important things to think about like my growing blog stats addiction.

Blue bar graphs featured heavily in my dreams, I would check my stats many times a day and I would give constant updates to my uninterested loved ones.

“Oh my goodness I have had 11 more views than I did this time last week!” I would shriek from the kitchen, proudly clutching my phone.

“Crikey – I have had 6 extra visitors this week,” I would scream, staring at my phone and then putting it down to doΒ cartwheels around the garden.

I spent most of my first two years of blogging obsessing about my stats and ended up looking like this…

No matter how hard I tried I couldn’t stop over thinking my viewing and visitor metrics.

Even worse my blog stats dictated my mood swings. If the bar chart was showing an upward trend my mood would be joyful and pleasant. If the bar chart was showing a downward trend my mood would be dark and sinister.

Then a good friend advised me to stop obsessing.

She told me magical things would happen if I stopped checking my WordPress stats tool.

At first I didn’t believe her at first but once I did listen (took me twelve months) I found she was right.

Here is a list of things that happen once you stop obsessing about your blog stats:

  1. You create more room in your head for other stuff. This is true. Once I stopped checking my stats tool more ideas for stories and blog posts came my way.
  2. You enter that magical blogging state of ‘I don’t care who is reading my blog because I am just going to write posts that make me happy or challenge me creatively.’
  3. You start producing great content. My post quality improved once I stopped obsessing about stats.
  4. You have more time to visit other blogs and check out other bloggers. Connecting with other blogs is so valuable and I can’t stress the importance of this.
  5. You realise blogging is not about visitor or view numbers on a bar chart, it’s about human interaction.
  6. You sleep better at night and there is not a bar graph in sight within your dreams.
  7. You become happier and so do those loved ones who have to live with you.
  8. You won’t bore people silly with your latest blog stats.
  9. Your moods will return to being dictated to by hormones, sugar intake and romantic urges.
  10. Your blog will start to grow.

So, put that blog stats tool away and learn to love blogging life again.

Have an amazing day!

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Still waiting for the Sleepless in Seattle film sequel. Romcom Author. Book Blogger. Mum of teens. Owned by a golden Labrador.

48 thoughts on “10 Things That Happen Once You Stop Obsessing About Your Blog Stats #Blogs #Blogging

  1. Very true. I never really understood how important the interaction was with other bloggers until recently and realized the stts are pretty much meaningless if our heart isn’t in it.

  2. Personally, I hate obsessing over stats, and I totally agree with everything you said. From now on, I’m going to stop thinking about my story stats. In the end, I just want to enjoy writing, not thinking about how many clicks or comments I get. Great advice!

  3. That’s so true, I can fully relate. Stats are so dangerous because it’s tempting to allow them to measure how ‘good’ a writer you are or even how great YOU are which s so silly. The worst is when I compare myself to others. I’m always trying to remind myself the reasons why I first started to blog and they had nothing to do with what other people thought of me or my writing.

    1. “Stats are so dangerous because it’s tempting to allow them to measure how β€˜good’ a writer you are or even how great YOU are which s so silly.” Yes it is silly but many of us fall into that trap. Thanks for reminding us to remind ourselves why we started to blog.

  4. Stats are the bane of sanity. The black rings round tired eyes staring emptily at a graph that refuses to grow. Terrible malaise really. Mine I know aren’t brilliant, but that’s not up there in my nightmares fortunately. I much prefer engaging and writing longer comments than my posts…hmm…not sure I’ve got that part right come to think of it. Still, you do get to meet some cool people and take a shine to their writing!

    I guess the approach is similar to writing too. Write for oneself and not try to create something that must be a best seller. Chances are if the author writes something they would read then there will be plenty of folk that share the same view. Platform building is essential yes, but to do it one really needs to engage like you said. That way helping others has a positive affect on us too. Caring and sharing and all that.

    Good post Lucy and how much of the inner conversations get feedback from Roxy πŸ˜‰

      1. I really should do some writing based posts methinks… I read lots of other people’s takes on it all, but have never really thought about my take on it properly…I just kind of zone into it and stuff happens… Must give it some thinking!

        Thursday is really quite exciting…although knowing me it will be the weekend before I flipping we’ll catch up….must make a special effort this week! We loves Roxy πŸ’–

      1. Thank you! I have a strange feeling we are not alone in this particular issue…obviousky I’m just here to reply to comments…it being 11.19 pm and all that πŸ€”

  5. I love reading things I wish I had written. Yep. This is one. Thanks for writing my thoughts. Now I can stop obsessing about that particular blog subject and move on to another.

  6. I so cannot relate to this. Forget obsessing about them, I never even check my stats. NEVER. Which is probably as bad as obsessing. Eek…

    Well, I do absolutely love your list. All so true. And I’m glad you’ve stopped caring about numbers on here and made room for other, more beautiful, things. πŸ’– Enjoy your week ahead, Blonde Writer. πŸ™‚

  7. You are so right! My husband was thrilled when I stopped. Now, I write with energy to write more. I don’t care who loves or reads it (well, that’s not true, of course) and they read. Win-win.

  8. Boy …. did you just nail it!! Absolutely go with the points. Every time I decide I won’t wrote for others but for myself and then I go and check the stats. Need to have a will power!! πŸ™‚

  9. So glad to see you’ve stopped shopping on ‘Stats Street.’ They really end up crushing so many bloggers, who end up thinking nothing but how to improve their stats. Of course, some stats are important, such as checking which of your blog posts are the most popular so you can write more posts like them, but I salute you for forgetting about stats and concentrating on the writing and visiting other blogging communities instead. Let’s keep Blogging Fun! πŸ˜€

      1. lol, oh, I’ve written about this subject a few times, Milly. I no longer allow blogging to stress me out or make me feel guilty. I enjoy being a big part of the blogging community. πŸ˜€

  10. Love, love LOVE this! Omg those damn blue bar graphs hahaha. It’s taken me two years, but I also don’t obsess over stats anymore. I just realised this past week I hadn’t checked my stats. Oddly enough they were higher than I’ve ever seen them! Lol so much truth in what you said ☺

  11. I may have commented before but this is so relevant that I’m commenting again! Number 2 applies heavily to me. I started blogging as a way of getting out on my blog what I was thinking/feeling inside. At some stage I became wrapped up in the stats and I started to lose the love for it. Now, I don’t check my stats at all. I write what is relevant for me, and if others enjoy then so be it πŸ˜€

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