Scent of a Gamer

From the computer to the tabletop, this is all about games. Updated each week-end.

Blog stats and behaviour

This article is a follow on from my blog stats and decisions article from March of this year. I made a number of choices and followed through over the past few months, and I wanted to share some thoughts on what has happened.

The changes haven’t just been to this blog; I have changed how I approach both my blog and others over the past few months.

Less social, more socialising

I deleted the Facebook page of this blog and haven’t once regretted that decision. Replacing the Facebook widget with a ‘posts I like’ list has been great. There has been a steady outflow of clicks from here to those other blogs, which is all to the good.

I have also made a determined effort to find more blogs – the main method is through looking at the blogs of people who like the same blog posts as me. I have been reblogging a few, and also getting in on the blog painting challenges whenever I can.

The WordPress reader makes it easy to find and connect with other bloggers. Using this more has probably been my biggest behaviour change, and I have doubled the number of blogs I follow since March, and I’m rarely short of something to read!

Making old new again

The biggest change since that article has been starting the Once upon a Wednesday series. This has turned into a fun exercise for me, and an interesting feature for readers, to judge from feedback.

Many of the articles I have featured have been over 5 years old, and giving them a second run out has been fun. The series has already spawned its own spin off. When bringing up some older miniatures posts, I noticed my camera work in the early years left a lot to be desired.

I’ve taken some older models out to revisit them with the camera.

Once upon a Wednesday will definitely continue for the rest of 2020. I already have articles picked out for featuring for the next two months.

More articles

I wrote about my schedule of updating each week-end and how important that has been over the years. It keeps me focused and being aware to generate at least some content each week-end. Mostly it keeps me painting models.

With Once upon a Wednesday and reblogging, I have found myself putting up more mid-week articles too. Partly this is due to opportunity. I’m working at home (currently three days per week) and so this means that if I find something interesting at lunchtime I can prepare an article for the next day. In effect my commuting time has been turned into blog writing time.

I’ve also been able to feature more YouTube videos. In the past I tended to watch these without really sharing them, since article slots totalled 4 per week. Allowing myself up to four additional article slots per week has freed up space for these.

Games, revisited

When I wrote the blog stats and decisions article I wanted to do more classic game walkthroughs. I managed to do Wasteland Remastered, but not any others. It turns out that playing games just to write about them isn’t as much fun as being inspired to write about games by playing them.

Others may come up later, but I’m not anticipating any more of these in 2020.

What about the stats?

The blog has experienced what I am thinking of as a ‘COVID lift’.

As the snip above shows, the blog had a rise in activity right after March. Is it because more people have time on their hands? Is it the larger number of articles being posted? Probably a mix of the two.

However if there’s a lesson from any of this, I think it is to ignore the stats and focus on the blog. A lift in activity wasn’t the point of the changes in my blogging behaviour; it was the result.

Fun times ahead

In the original article I wrote that stats are little more than wallpaper unless you use them to inform your own decisions. Now, I think it’s better to say that stats are a result of your blogging choices and behaviour. They shouldn’t necessarily drive your choice, but they can inform them.

Four months after making some changes, I find myself with a regular midweek article series, a ‘camera revisits’ spin off, and more interesting blogs to looks at than before. A good result!

9 comments on “Blog stats and behaviour

  1. Bookstooge
    August 15, 2020

    I have to admit, my own stats are still a mystery to me. Some months my views are in the stratosphere (in terms of my blog numbers, not others) and other months I’m a low flying crop duster 😀 and as far as I can tell, I don’t do anything different. People! *sigh*

    I do like your “posts I’ve liked thing”, so I’m going to check it out and see about adding it to my own sidewall.

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    • davekay
      August 15, 2020

      The posts like thing works well and takes care of itself, so require no activity on my part. Perfect!

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      • ericritter65
        August 15, 2020

        Following on this thought; knowing that the widget is pushing your “liked posts” out to the blogosphere, has it changed how you view that like star? Meaning, are you more conscious about liking a post or has that habit stained the same?

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      • davekay
        August 15, 2020

        It’s a good question, ultimately I haven’t changed what I click like on with one big exception. Seeing that people click the articles in the widget has made me take some time to find newer or less well known blogs and like something (as long as I genuinely like it)


  2. theimperfectmodeller
    August 16, 2020

    Can only agree with your approach and conclusions. Like you I did a review of sorts some while ago and decided to put the emphasis on my enjoyment and the engagemnet with other people. From a pleasure perspective it made all the difference. 😊

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  3. Pete S/ SP
    August 16, 2020

    Great post. My own stats are something I’ve yet to really dig into, your dive gives me pause for thought.



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  4. Kuribo
    August 16, 2020

    I concur with others that this was a really interesting read and I think about my website’s performance and what I can do to increase its viewership as well. While I don’t think having a lot of hits is vital, I do like knowing people are reading and enjoying what I create so I look for fun ways to try and increase readership. This article has inspired me to think further about this so I’m glad you shared your experiences with us!

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    • davekay
      August 16, 2020

      Yes I think you’ve hit the nail on the head, it’s not about trying to maximise hits, but about making the site easier to navigate and pleasant to explore for the people who do choose to visit.

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