WP’s Blog stats are a bit of a mystery to me.
Not only is their basis for existence rather questionable, but other reporting areas are so incongruous that I might question the integrity of all the resulting stats. I have had days of many Likes, but no visitors! I have had Views from far more people than actually visited, and I have even had 3 visitors from 8 different countries! In addition to all these examples of creativity:
Number of Visitors doesn’t tell me too much really as they could have arrived here by accident, or by choice, and never to return.
Number of Comments are misleading as WP includes my responses so a Comment total of (e.g.) 32 could well be 16 of yours and 16 of mine!
Likes are not summarized and cannot be sorted by quantity so unless I scroll down currently 465 Posts, I have no idea where the most likes are!
Comment writers stats are a little more useful, but WP only reports on 8 writers, 1 of which is me. Not surprisingly, I have written the most Comments ….. duh! I would have confidently guessed that without the statistics!
However, the following data is interesting to me:
Top 5 Posts for Comments
- “The World is not ……!”
- Affection or Aggression
- You just never know!
- Decision… no decision!
- Happy Birthday Ray
Top 5 Posts for Views
- You just never know
- A 7:00am bark
- Ray’s play buddy?
- “The Old Man’s Lament”
Top 5 Most Talkative Followers
- Erika Kind
- Tails Around the Ranch
- Kate Crimmins
Regardless of the questionable value of the stats, they do confirm that many of you are looking at the Posts, and some are clearly actually reading them! They confirm that I have some talkative Followers, for which I am very grateful. Writing and having no interactions with the readers seems to be against the reasons that most of us write. Of course, having said that, I could have drawn those same conclusions without the stats!
Thanks everybody for giving WP something to create stats from and, by the way, they are useful if you wish to track activity levels. While the basis of the stats is questionable, they would appear to be at least consistent and I do track Likes, Comments, Views and Visitors on a monthly basis.
Thanks everybody for not only allowing a WP process to serve a purpose, but for reassuring me that my Posts are read; that they generate sufficient interest to respond, and that the “numbers” have been growing consistently since this Blog was launched in October 2014! 🙂
Hugs are sent out to everybody!