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Today I had to think a little bit of what I was going to write… It’s those kinds of days where I have a few ideas to pick from, but then my writing skills are not the best. This way, I decided to share with you how I measure if a post is doing good or not! I mean… It should be easy for me to write how I see if I’m doing good or not… Right?
Without further ado, let’s jump on it!
– Views, Likes & Followers –
To be honest, these 3 are not things I really care when it comes to how a singular post is doing. Are they important? Of course, they show how my blog is growing. This way, these stats are more for how is my blog doing overall and not a single post. Here’s why:
Views: Views are good and all. However, your blog may be getting more views than usual and the post you just shared is underperforming. Moreover, views is that kind of thing that you never really know how is going to be. There are many things outside your grasp which mess with your post views. This way, you can put out a really good post and watch it not having as many views. Let’s say for example, on that certain day people just didn’t go to WordPress as much, or there was some kind of bug and your post is not showing in the Reader. That doesn’t mean your post is bad, it just means you got unlucky.
Moreover, you also have those Google Views! These ones take more time to come and it’s more of a, are you doing a blog Google friendly or not.
Likes: Likes are important, of course. But, there are certain times that you will just get likes from people you know that didn’t read your post. Heck, there are times where people put a like without even opening your post! Nevertheless, it’s still a good way to show that there are people out there who are crazy busy at the moment, but still want to say to you “I like your blog and I want to support it in any way I can”. So, likes for me are more of a “is my blog being good enough for people to like it or not” and not something towards a certain post.
Followers: Well, this one I think it’s a giver. It really doesn’t make much sense to think of the number of followers you are getting versus a specific post you have published! Followers can come from many different posts. And, let’s not forget the ones that follow you just to see if you follow back. Nevertheless, if you find growing in followers it means you are doing a good job overall… I mean, people had to find you some way, right? So, this means that you are able to put your posts in the eyes of people who were still not following you.
– Comments –
Now it gets real! For me, comments are the most important thing to say if I wrote a good post or not. Not the number of comments, but the view/comment ratio. Engaging other people to take time of their lives to fully read your post and then make a comment about it is the utmost reward, in my opinion.
For someone to comment means that:
- People have read your post – this means, your post was engaging and not boring.
- People felt somewhat relatable to the post – Meaning you are able to get inside of their hearts
- People saw your opinion and felt I gave them openness to comment their own opinion – Meaning, you are going to get a nice conversation going on, being the comment the same or a different opinion as yours.
This way, comments are what make me feel I really did a good job! If I go and get a lot of views/likes and no comments, I just can’t stop myself from feeling that the post was not good enough.
However, of course, the number of comments will depend (a lot) on the type of post you are writing. That’s why I’m trying to get away from reviews and enter in more personal posts regarding Anime and Gaming.
– Be Featured in Other People’s Platforms –
Ok, this is the one that really makes me see that there were people that liked my posts to the point of talking about them on their own platforms. There are many bloggers out there who take the time to shot out other people’s work (thank you so much, you are awesome and deserve everything in this world).
Now, I don’t really think about getting more visibility, views, followers, etc. with this. I mean, yeah it does make that to happen, but that’s not why I feel so excited when people mention my posts. In reality, I get happy because I see that someone out there, took the time to read my post and liking it so much that they decided to share it with other people.
It may in their own blog or social media. It really doesn’t make a difference, it just makes me feel so happy and fuzzy inside. Here, I actually feel, yeah this time I did a good job!
To be honest, there are times when I’m writing a post and think “Ok, is this good enough to the point of Karandi, Neko, Mel, and so on to feature in their own platforms?”. This kind of thought process makes me try to do even better. I mean, I really don’t want to post something that the people who love my work to feel underwhelmed with what they just ended up reading from me. You may see it this like a lot of pressure, but I do work best when I’m under pressure, so there’s no problem.
When I do not get featured in their posts is also not really that big of a deal, to be honest. It just means that we are inside a community where a lot of you are GREAT writers and therefore it’s just normal that I’m not going to be able to write such good content all the time…
– Conclusion –
Well, first of all, I hope I didn’t sound conceited during the post… As you know, honesty is one of the main foundations of my blog and I’m just being honest. I mean, who doesn’t like/want to be featured in other people’s platforms? It’s something that clearly says we did a good job!
Second, it’s been a long trip until I got here. Some months ago I would be focusing on views and new followers. Things that we just don’t have a lot of control. When I’m sitting now is something which I feel that I have full control! Meaning, with this, I can see more clearly if I’m doing a good job or not. For example, having a lower comment/view ratio means that my post was not the best and I need to understand what I did wrong and how to improve later. Does that make sense?
What about you? How do you measure your success? Or, do you measure success at all? Comment down below!