I seldom look at the stats for my site. I’ve always just kind of let things fly, but since I’ve met the WP reader I have been thinking a bit differently. It appears that not too many of the readers actually go to the site and read, they just use Word Press Reader and scroll through. And nearly half of the readers use a phone or tablet.
So, as I previewed the different themes and possible looks, I realized that it may not matter. My fancy little random quote generator on the sidebar, my proudly displayed Northwich Warrior badge, the subscribe by e-mail button, I just started feeling kind of upset. But then I realized that all of my traffic does not come from wordpress.com and that I have many followers who were here, either from the beginning or from as soon as they learned about it and there are several people who have gone back to the very beginning and read every single post. Well, yeah, they’re relatives, but so what? Besides, I know they actually read the stuff, as junky and stinky as some of it was. Not all of it, mind you, some of the old stuff was of a higher quality than the new stuff, but they slogged through all of it.
Well, Herb, what’s in your craw? What is the bone in your throat, now? I got 15 likes the other day. On 15 different entries. From one person on the WP Reader. Really? You read 15 of my pieces in one day and liked every single one of them? Hmmm…
But, as I think on it, if the “like” button on WordPress.com reader is the biggest problem I have in life, I am pretty well-off and have nothing to be curmudgeonly about. I might even have to rename my Monday posts. I have more followers than I ever have and a core of readers that I know actually do read this stuff, many of whom I would not have if not for the reader.
I also would not have some of the commenters that I have, but there again, I have a few people who are with me no matter what. To me, it’s the comments that I enjoy, even on the occasions where we don’t see eye-to-eye.
But, all of my complaints aside, I have a great audience full of bright, intelligent people with exceptional taste in blogs to follow. And I am still going to keep messing with the themes and keeping my widget sidebar because I like it.