Twitter Report

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A couple of weeks ago, I discovered Twitter Cards and that I needed one. 😛

So, after a few weeks of using them, I went back to check and see if they had an impact on my interactions on Twitter.

When I started using the cards on May 18, my stats showed the following:

  • 13 Tweets
  • 63 Impressions
  • 2 URL clicks

Not terrible, but I could certainly do better.

About halfway through, on May 23, my stats were:

  • 19 Tweets
  • 349 Impressions
  • 2 URL clicks

As of yesterday, May 31, my stats were:

  • 15 Tweets
  • 93 Impressions
  • 1 URL click

I have tried to be a bit more active on Twitter, which may have led to some of the increases.

However, going from 63 impressions to 349 is a pretty big jump, so perhaps the Twitter Cards did have an impact.

Clearly, I need to work on getting more URL clicks, but so far, I’m happy with the increase in engagement.

For the first couple of days after activating the Twitter Cards, tweets were not showing the images as they were supposed to – it apparently takes the system a few days to get going once they are activated.

Since I wasn’t seeing the change, for the first 3-4 days, I was also scheduling tweets (with pictures) using TweetDeck.

If you’re blogging with WP, activating the Twitter Cards was a fairly simple process, and having your posts go out as automatic Tweets saves time. 🙂

My next project is to experiment a bit with the time of day for my tweets and see if that has an impact on engagement.

I’ve also decided to give Plurk a try, so if you’re on Plurk, go easy on me!!

Decisions, Decisions

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For the last week or so, I’ve been trying to make some decisions about what to do with my blog and in SL.

Canary Beck wrote an article about finding a niche for your blog, and although it was focused on fashion blogging, it got me to thinking (dangerous, I know!).

Because I am interested and involved in dance in SL, that was my original focus for this blog.

However, as time has progressed, I have written about various topics, some related to dance, some not – though all have been of interest to me. 😀

I became curious about what I’ve written that has been the most popular, so I headed over to my stats page to check it out.

I don’t usually pay much attention to my stats, but I decided to look, in part because I have been considering whether to continue using the free WordPress, or to get a domain.

A domain would be nice and would allow me some customization options I don’t currently have.

However, it would also mean more technical work for me – more of the maintenance would fall on my shoulders.

I’m not the tech-iest person, so that thought is not appealing. :/

I was also curious to see what posts have been the most popular.

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For 2014, I had 8,513 views and 2,069 visitors, which is 4.11 views per visitor.

Not bad for my first year, especially considering that there were several months that I didn’t blog at all.

I had around 90 likes and 300 comments.

So far in 2015, I have 5,986 views and 1,894 visitors, with 3.16 views per visitor.

That means I should be on track to exceed last year’s numbers for views and visitors (yay!).

I have 184 likes and 264 comments for 2015, so I have already doubled my likes (again, yay!) and I am on track to exceed last year’s comments (triple yay!).

After looking at my stats, I’m feeling pretty good.

I’m actually doing much better than I thought.

I’m getting a decent number of referrals from Google searches, though I can’t tell exactly what terms people have used to find my blog (thanks to Google’s search privacy policies).

Since I can’t tell what terms are bringing people to the blog, I decided to look at what posts have been the most popular.

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Unsurprisingly, my LOTD posts are some of the worst performers.

When I started them, I wanted to work on my photography skills and have a record of various outfits.

I have since decided to try and focus the LOTD around a costume theme or designer, in the hopes that those will be more interesting.

If not, well, at least I’m learning about lighting and composition and windlights and camera angles and such. 😀

As for popular posts, they all seem to revolve around some technical aspect.

My posts on my mesh body purchase were very popular, as were various posts about things like lag, ARC, and alpha issues.

Other popular posts included writings over online identities and anonymity on the internet.

So although my most popular posts were related to dance in SL, they didn’t really focus on dance.

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I asked in an earlier post what dance topics would be of interest to readers.

Several people responded that they were interested in learning more about dance performers and venue owners, but since my previous interview posts have not been that popular, I’m left wondering what it is that people want to know about performers and venue owners.

Is the interest in their history (how they came to SL/dance), is the interest in their current projects, or some other area?

Some readers expressed an interest in learning more about lighting and special fx – things which perhaps are better addressed by in-world classes and/or demonstrations, rather than a dry read on the web?

I’m wondering whether something like a ‘show and tell’ or a ‘dancer’s workshop’ on those topics would be of interest.

I am by no means an expert, but I am always willing to share what I know, and go search for information I don’t have. 🙂

Others expressed interest in learning more about costumes (and their creators) and props, as well as learning more about how dancers create their routines.

These topics may be better suited to something like a blog post, but some in-world options might be good as well.

Perhaps a set building demo or workshop that allowed some ‘hands-on’ activities?

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After doing some hard thinking, I have decided to try some new things.

Based on the results of the last Avi Choice awards for dance, clearly there are a lot of dancers, choreographers, and venues that I’ve never even heard of before.

⇒ So more exploring is in order – for dance venues, animation stores, etc.

I have a little club that I have been debating on opening for some time now.

It’s currently sitting empty, which seems silly.

⇒ I’d like to offer some workshop/class opportunities there – for things like set building, tools, tips and tricks, and other dance-related skills/topics.

So if you’d be interested in a workshop – things like ‘Playing with Particles’ or ‘Formations – Why You Need Them,’ let me know. 🙂

I don’t have any times/dates set in stone; I’d like to go with the flow and see what works best.

⇒ I’m also considering putting on performances at the club.

Again, I’m not set on any times/dates as of yet, so if you’re interested in performing, let me know.

I’d like some dance acts, of course, but if you’re a comedian, singer, or other type of performer, those acts would be welcome as well.

⇒ I do hope to continue with my interviews of dancers, troupe leaders, and venue owners, so I will be working on those.

If there is a particular person you’d love to see me interview, drop me a message/IM/tweet/whatever.

If you’re a dancer, venue owner, or troupe leader and would like to be interviewed, hit me up. 🙂

I have generally done my interviews via note card due to time constraints, but I would certainly be open to other options if there is interest.

As always, any feedback is welcome.

Happy Friday, everyone! 😀

What’s Important?

This quote currently hangs above my desk as a reminder. :-)   Image Source: www.juxtapost.com
This quote currently hangs above my desk as a reminder. 🙂
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Yesterday I wrote about sometimes feeling that no one is listening.

Several of you left great comments, and they really got me thinking.

One of the things mentioned was the reason for blogging.

Personally, I blog for many reasons.

I like to write, I’m good at writing, I like to learn, and I like to share what I learn.

Would it matter if no one ever read my writing?

Well, yes.  Of course it would.

If I wasn’t interested in having other people read my writing, I wouldn’t have a blog.

When I started this blog, my focus was on dance.

Dancing in SL was my passion and I wanted to learn and share.

Just as in RL, things change in SL.

I’m still interested in dance, but other things have also become a focus.

I am thoroughly enjoying taking pictures and learning how to do them well.

I’ve considered changing up the blog – changing the tag line, changing the theme, the layout, etc.

I’ve even considered whether I should shutter this blog and start another one with a different focus, or have two blogs.

None of those choices are particularly appealing.

I decided that the blog is like me – fun (I hope!), informative, and interested in lots of different things.

So with those things decided, where do I go from here?

What is important?

Am I stuck on stats?

Are likes more important than views?

Are views more important than comments?

After spending some time in serious contemplation, what matters to me most will always be the comments.

That’s one of the main reasons I blog – to share my thoughts and ideas and to (hopefully) invite others into a conversation about them.

Of course, I’d love to get more likes and views (because most bloggers share the dream that one day, someone will pay us to do what we love!), but it’s not something I obsess over on a daily basis.

I worry sometimes that I’ll run out of things to say, but my family assures me that will never happen. 😀

And now, back to your regularly scheduled programming. 😛

Is Anyone Listening?

Black HoleIn previous posts, I’ve asked for information about feeds and readers.

I’ve talked about stats before and how I try not to look at them too often.

However, after reading a post by Nalates Urriah today, I’m wondering how much longer I will be able to view my stats.

Everyone knows that stats are important when it comes to the internet.

As a blogger, you have stats that tell you many things – the number of followers, how many times a post was viewed, how many times someone visited your site, the country of origin for your readers, etc.

If people find your blog via a search engine, there is a place for you to see what search terms brought them to your blog.

Lately, when I look at that stat for my blog, it says ‘unknown search terms.’

WordPress tells you ‘some search engines don’t reveal search terms for privacy reasons.  That’s why we don’t always know which search terms were used by visitors who arrived at your site from a search engine.  When we don’t know the search terms, we show them as “Unknown search terms”.’

Since Google is now encrypting more and more searches, it’s that much harder for WP to tell me how people are finding my blog.

According to Nalates’ post, there is a possibility of finding out more information using Google’s Webmaster tools.

However, using these tools is confusing (at least to me), if you are not a techy person (which I am not).

So I rely on WP to provide my stats (because they employ very techy people).

I also came across another issue that concerns bloggers when it comes to feeds/readers.

I set up a Feedly account so that I could keep up with all the blogs I follow.

In doing research on different readers, I saw a question about views.

It seems that if you view a blog post in a reader, it does not count as a view for that blog – unless you actually click through to that website (to ‘like’ or perhaps post a comment).

That’s frustrating, since views and followers are essential for successful blogging.

Often blogging can feel like you are screaming into a giant black hole.

You wonder if anyone is listening.