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. 🙂
Image Source: http://www.juxtapost.com

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.