Once again, I have another question for my fellow bloggers. I can’t be the only one with this question, so I ask it not just for myself, but for all bloggers. My hope is we can get a good discussion going. While we might not reach a definitive answer as I don’t think there is one, we might find some common ground and reach a general consensus.
I’ve noticed over the last few months my blog has grown in number of followers. Has this increase lead to an increase in views, likes, or comments per post? The views stat is tricky to measure as WordPress doesn’t keep an accurate count. Views reached by certain methods aren’t counted at all. Comments is also a difficult category to gage. Sometimes you’ll do a review or ask for feedback. You might get a comment. Then again, you might not. People comment randomly, and comments are nice but you shouldn’t expect to get a ton per post usually unless the post is a direct question.
So what about likes per post? I would think that on any post roughly 10% of all followers would read it and click the like button. This isn’t counting random people who discover a post on the WordPress Reader using tags.
Am I getting the rough 10% of my followers reading and liking each post? No, I’m not. Are you? Have you thought about it? Do you care? I’m glad I have people who follow my blog, and I appreciate every person who clicks the follow button. However, I don’t understand following a blog if they aren’t reading more than one post as it appears sometimes. I follow a few blogs, and search through a few different tags at least once a day. I never click the follow button based on one post. If I like the post, I’ll click the like button. I might even leave a comment. I look around the blog to see if the person normally posts stuff I’m interested in reading, and their “About Me” page. Then I’ll decide if I want to follow them. Do I like every post from the blogs I follow? No, but I don’t expect everyone to like each one of mine. This is a question of the number of followers yielding a small percentage of likes, and to a lesser extent, comments per post.
One would think as the follower count grows, so too would the other stats tracked by WordPress. I think there should be a correlation between the two, but I don’t think I’m seeing it. What about the rest of you, my fellow bloggers? Have you noticed anything? What are your thoughts on this? I’d love to hear them, and I can’t be the only one interested.
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