So, I have to admit, I’m kind of obsessed with stats. And not in a ‘why isn’t my blog more successful’ way–though I wouldn’t judge anyone who does look at their stats and feel something to that effect–but rather in a how do they work sort of way. I’m always thinking about what I did differently on specific days that promoted the change in views or visitors that I got, fiddling around with the sort of posts I make, what time of day I post most, what I write about, etc in order to find out the fluctuations this all causes in the readership of my blog.
And truthfully, I just find it utterly fascinating that I can look at the stats here and realize that around fifty people at least looked at my blog in a day and maybe a fair number of them actually read what I had to say. I think that’s amazing, just the sheer fact that my thoughts can reach so many people, even momentarily. It’s a really cool thing to realize.
But one thing I’d never really put a lot of consideration into as far as stats fluctuation goes was the holidays because, until recently, it wasn’t something that I’d really had affect me before. I suppose I should have seen it coming, right?
I’m sure many of you noticed on Thursday, whilst everyone was spending time with their families, viewership of your blogs all dropped. I think we’d be hard pressed to find any blogs that actually rose during those hours. Of course, not everyone is spending time with their family and not every country had a holiday, so there were obviously still viewers out there. I, personally, didn’t have a lot of time to get online and browse blog posts like I usually do.
Now, here’s the truly interesting piece of it all. Wednesday evening, before the Thanksgiving–not my favorite holiday for many reasons, but as you will–viewership for my blog, at least, spiked quite a bit. And this wasn’t due to my posting anything extra, in fact, I posted less than I typically do on a given day. And that was amazing to see. So, it got me thinking. A large majority of us, I imagine, got out of work on Wednesday excited for the extra long weekend and the small vacation–even if visiting families isn’t always the relaxing vacation we’d maybe want–and spend a less than typical amount of time online as a result of the lack of responsibilities we’d have to face the next day.
Funnily enough, one of my friends had recently made a comment about something I believe was called Black Out Wednesday, a tradition of getting quite drunk on Wednesday evening for the same reason I just claimed we were all online a few moments ago. It’s the first time I’m hearing of such an event, but I guess that it’s a thing? Maybe many of us were drinking and browsing the internet. I wouldn’t have minded, that’s for sure. Of course, I traveled early for Thanksgiving and was expected to socialize a bit more than I normally would on Wednesday, so I couldn’t.
And Friday was somewhat active but less so than normal for, again, I think obvious reasons.
At the end of the day, I think it’s just a really interesting facet toward how stats work and I couldn’t help wanting to make a commentary on it before I snuggled up with a book and went to bed. As always, I wish you all happy readings!