I don’t generally pay a ton of attention to any kind of blog statistics.
Yes, I’m an accountant.
Yes, I love numbers and data.
Yes, I share my posts and try to make it as easy as possible for them to be shared, along with sharing on Stumbleupon and Pinterest, but I have my analytics waaaay at the bottom of the page, so they’re not staring me in the face all day.
Focusing too much on just the numbers takes away from why I blog, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a time and place for numbers.
Last year I started tracking my monthly growth and then I forgot about it for the last quarter of the year. As I was rolling forward my spreadsheet for 2016 I compared my followers from January 1, 2015, to January 31, 2016 (I didn’t note them in December) and was absolutely amazed at the growth!
If I wasn’t tracking these numbers, I wouldn’t have had a clue how much I grew in 2015. I didn’t have a clue until I decided to finally roll it forward on weekend.
First: thank you! There’s no way I can grow without you reading, sharing and commenting.
(And THANK YOU for the amazing response on my post about the mistake most runners make! Even though WordPress had a hiccup and people couldn’t comment for the first half of the day, I’m absolutely blown away with the response and shares!)
Second: don’t be scared to celebrate your wins! Sometimes we think we should coyly blush and say “oh, it’s nothing” but that’s not true. Writing a blog takes a lot of work behind the scenes and we shouldn’t be scared to celebrate the work we put into writing content and making friends.
I’m an accountant by day and absolutely love all things Excel and graphs, so I made a fun infographic of my growth in 2015.
AND so you can have fun with charts and graphs, I made an Excel template just for you, with links to graphs so you can track your growth year after year 🙂
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I’ll also be popping in throughout 2016 to report on how things are going. My current plan is quarterly, because I’m an accountant, and accountants like to do things on a quarterly basis 🙂
Just click here and download your free Excel blogging analytics template 🙂
Do you regularly track your analytics?
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