One of the things I like the most about WordPress is the fairly in-depth statistics it gives you about your posts, your successes, and your readership. As a writer and an author, one of the most important things for me to know is whether anyone out there is actually reading what I’m writing. For the most part, of course, I’d like to know how people have read my book, but it’s nice to know when people are following you on your blog, or on Facebook, or on Twitter.
So far, WordPress has been my most successful writing medium, with now over 3,500 individual followers here alone. A large part of this success has come about from being featured on Freshly Pressed not once but twice, although I’d like to think a little bit of hard work went into the mix, too. It’s nice to think that over 3,000 people (potentially) see my writing each week.
Facebook is second to this, with now over 1,000 Likes for my Facebook page. I’ll admit to a curiously amusing coincidence, here, though: I once ran a Facebook ad targeted in India. Well, it happens that Satish is a very common first name in Hindi, and I think I got a lot of likes from people who possibly didn’t know exactly what I was all about. Fair enough—Likes are Likes, and I appreciate every one of them!
Twitter I haven’t quite got the hang of, apparently; I have about twenty followers.
More recently, WordPress has added a feature that tells you when your most successful posting time is. It turns out for me I get the majority of my reads on Wednesday evening—hence the time of this post! I’ll be curious to see if the response to today’s post is significantly greater than usual (I used to post on a Monday evening).
Stats for my book sales are important to me, too—even though I’m doing absolutely terribly at it so far. It’s funny to think that a single sale on Amazon can boost my ranking by over 1.4 million points—from 1.6 millionth best-selling book to the heights of 200 thousandth best-selling book. Whew! I wonder where two sales would get me?
Anyway … I don’t think I have much of a point to this post today, other than to say: buy The Redemption of Erâth: Consolation, and give an author a reason to look at his stats!
5 thoughts on “Thought of the Week: WordPress, Stats and Readers”
Hang in there. You have finished and published. I am still fighting my way thru the first draft. Keep the faith, your readers will rally to your words. Cheers
Thanks for the support! It’s a struggle throughout, I suppose—from writing to publishing to marketing. All you can do is keep going.
Amen! Sides if it was easy everybody would do it. Then there wouldnt be any writerly anquish. Lol 🙂
I love the Amazon ranking effect. 🙂 Great that you have such a social media following.
I don’t always have a lot of people reading my posts—I’m lucky to get a half dozen on each. But still, it’s nice to think that so many people could be ‘potentially’ reading my words!