The Day the Tweets Died

August 2, 2010 at 5:40 am (Author Info, Weekly Review) (, , , , , , , , , , , )


Not really. As I mentioned in a comment last week, I managed to finally hit my download limit – all legal of course. That means ridiculously slow internet until the next period which is still about a week away. Which means that twitter is just not working for me at the moment. I can see the top couple of frames, and then it times out an dies. This is also a problem for some of you with really big blogs that have a lot of stars and bells and whistles. Love them usually, at the moment, I can’t actually view them.

What it all really boils down to is I can’t do my coming to a usual round up of tweets concerning excellent blogs I’ve read, not because I haven’t read some excellent blogs, but because without the twitter list telling me where I’ve been, I don’t actually have all the links.

In lieu of having some great links, I thought I would share a few random facts about my blog.

  • Since I started this blog in November last year I’ve had just over 15000 views – though while it doesn’t count me viewing my own blog it will count you every time you visit the site so I’m certain that a lot of those views are from people I know are reading the blog regularly.
  • My worst month was April of this year (not surprisingly) with only 384 views. This could be because I didn’t post during this month due to the flood, power cuts, clean up effort and just being overwhelmed by everything else that was going on. I’m not certain, but I think that would be a good guess.
  • Twitter is my most regular referer and posts that I tweet tend to get more immediate hits than those I don’t – which is tough luck for me at the moment given I can’t tweet.
  • Most people who comment on my blog (in fact nearly all) are people I have visited first.
  • The number one search term to find my blog at the moment is still “reasons why books are better than movies” which makes the post 10 Reasons why books are better than movies and its companion post, 10 Reasons why movies are better than books, two of my most often hit posts from the past.

What did I learn from this?

If you don’t post, people don’t visit. If you don’t tell people you have posted, they won’t visit. If you don’t visit others, they won’t visit. And it really is worth using the tags and categories because sometimes really random google searches find your site.

Sorry for the lack of links, a couple of weeks and they will be back.

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20 Comments

  1. Little Scribbler said,

    Confession: I probably made up a lot of those 384 views in April.

    “She’ll post soon… she’ll post soon… why isn’t she posting?!… She’ll post soon…”

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      I figured that most of those hits were people who were already reading the blog, seeing if I’d actually updeated.

  2. Mason Canyon said,

    Interesting facts. Look forward to your links in a few weeks.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

  3. AlexJ said,

    You’re right! I’ve had several bloggers email me, asking how I manage to get so many comments on my posts. (I average 49.) All I can offer is that I comment on a lot of other blogs!
    And I visited your site often in April as well.

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      It makes sense doesn’t it. If you aren’t out and visiting other blogs, how will those people ever know your blog exists.

  4. Miss Rosemary said,

    Agreed on all counts! I used to get discouraged because people wouldn’t visit/read my stuff (disgruntled writers circle lol) but it was because I started this blog the semester I took 23 credits and had no time to network. Hopefully I can also work on this after my internship is over. But I’m glad we stumbled across each other 🙂

  5. Lua said,

    Great fact about blogging Cassandra- if you want traffic, you have to visit other people and comment, join the discussion…

  6. Carol Kilgore said,

    Sorry you’re Twittter-less. I find it amazing what search terms find.

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      I finally have twitter – and the rest of the internet – back again and at speed. It is amazing how used we get to having instant access and how hard it can be when you can’t load every second page.

  7. Barb said,

    Wow… I haven’t got 5000 yet and I started one month before you! Plus, you got published in the meantime… sigh! *five seconds of good envy*
    Congratulations! 😀 About Twitter – dunno what I’m missing, but I take your word for it! 😉

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      Twitter has a great writer community. I find out about a lot of blogs from twitter and I know that a lot of people find my blog via twitter.

  8. Jemi Fraser said,

    I have statcounter on my blog – but to be honest I usually forget all about it. Now I’m curious – I’ll have to see if it tells me all these goodies. 🙂

    • Cassandra Jade said,

      I think I was only really reading the stats because I couldn’t load any other internet pages.

  9. Carol Ann Hoel said,

    I agree with your “what I learned from this” paragraph. Thank you for sharing.

  10. Lynn Rush said,

    I always check the engine searches that lead to my blog being hit by a view. . . funniest one ever was “Dog Peeing”

    I laughed out loud for a long time at that one. OMG. I had a picture of a dog peeing on a keyboard posted on my blog once or twice. So, I guess whoever searched Dog Peeing got to see my blog for a second.

    Great post, thanks!!

  11. Belle said,

    It’s tough being without Twitter. I guess I’m one of the other ones who comment on your blog – I found you first 🙂 Love your tips here about tweeting your links.

  12. catwoods said,

    Cassandra, this is a fun look at your blog. You’re very accurate when you state that readers need to be cultivated. They are like friendships. If you put effort into them, they will put effort into you.

    Hugs and thanks for being a part of my writing life these past months.

  13. Arlee Bird said,

    What you say here seems to be pretty consistent with the way I’ve found things to work. In fact my stats are very similar, excepting that April was probably my peak month due to the A to Z Challenge, which probably holds true for many of those who participated. I find stats and the hows and whys to be so tremendously interesting, but I’d still like to find some of the secrets to making visits and comments absolutely soar.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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