Well, that’s it. The second week of my hundred day blogging challenge is over. If you have never been here before, I am writing a post a day for a hundred days and am trying to get sixty thousand views in that time. I have, it would appear, set myself up for dismal failure.
Why am I doing this? To be honest with you, I have no idea. But if you want a more detailed, rational and dishonest answer, I read in a post by a complete stranger, who appeared to have little in the way of concrete evidence, that a good blog should be getting 60 000 views a month. Since having a good blog is clearly beyond my reach, I decided to arbitrarily spread that number over a hundred days and start chasing it in order to have a marginally adequate blog. Aim high, I always say!
How is it going? Shockingly. I never took the time to think about this before starting, but to reach my goal, I would need to be getting six hundred views a day. I’m getting slightly less than half of this.
And how do I feel about that? Fantastic. I’m having fun. That’s the whole point of this blogging thing, isn’t it? I have slowly realised that blogging isn’t about money. Just like golf, there are people who do make money. They work incredibly hard and deserve everything they get. And just like golf, 99 per cent of the people are hacking around in the rough when they get the chance, because it’s fun. They will never earn a cent and that doesn’t bother them in the slightest.
Have I learned anything? I hope not. There are no patterns here, except to say that Saturdays suck. The numbers of views doesn’t change according to subject or category. I’ve written about my children, art, Bob Marley and naked Winston Churchill. My most successful post was about Land Rovers, of all things.
And next week? One thing I have picked up is that I don’t like setting myself a limit. I had said all these posts would be shorter than 700 words. I haven’t hit that target yet, but I still feel like I’m cutting myself off before I’m done, and leaving things out which I think should be in. So no more limits. I’ll try to keep things shorter, but ignore the word count. Oh, and I’m going to throw in the odd properly long post, because that’s what I really like doing.
I’m also going to try to have a little more fun. I feel like I’m in danger of losing something this blog had before I started this challenge. I’ve been so busy dreaming up content and sticking to self-imposed rules that I forgot that what I like most is waffling on about nothing. So I hereby declare next week arbitrary waffle week. Sorry.
This week has had one stunning success though. The usage of my advice page (Yes, people, I have an advice page!) has shot up by 33,3%! A third person has written in! And it wasn’t even my wife this time! I’m going to ignore the fact that the person who wrote in this week did so just to point out that they were problem free (I have tried my best to remedy that), and am bracing myself for an avalanche of despairing pleas for help.
Thank you to everyone who is coming along for the ride. We’re nearly there! Only another 86 posts to go! God help me!
Oh, I almost forgot. Sunday is democracy day. Here you go;