Is WordPress Dying?

Yes it is. FaCT!

In fact, WordPress.com (not org mind, but those guys have huge problems of their own) is probably going to shut down tomorrow and the internet as we know it is going to go kaput! I suggest a brisk regimen of running in circles, waving your arms wildly and screaming as loudly as you can. It won’t stop WordPress from going out of business but it will prepare you just in case any assassin dinosaurs jump out of black helicopters while attempting to kill you. Always be prepared is my motto.

In a less serious vein though, has anybody else noticed that their feed and general interaction have been down this summer? I thought it was just me and wasn’t sure that it was accurate, but both Jeroen and Wakizashi mentioned it earlier this week in my comment sections so at least I know I’m not alone in my paranoid delusions!

I’ve included a snapshot of my “Monthly” stats from the last 2.5 years. Why 2.5 years you ask? Because that’s what WordPress gives me and you. You can see a big drop off in May of this year. Right at the beginning of summer. Now while the stats show things improving in later months, that is only because I started posting 6-7 days a week in July in stead of the 4-5 like I had been previously. (thank goodness for google calendar. a nice visual reminder of what’s getting posted when). So what I think that means is that my core group of followers picked up the slack from all the casuals who seem to have disappeared.

Anecdotally, I’ve had more than a handful of people I follow announce they’re going on hiatus, whether for a week, a month or to be determined. I’ve also had more than a handful of people, who used to post 4-6 times a month cut back to 1 or 2 times a month. And I’ve stopped following almost 10 people over the summer who stopped posting even once a month (that’s my determining factor by the way. If someone stops blogging for a month without notice, I’ll stop following that person). So those data points, backed up by Jeroen and Wak’s observations, lead me to the conclusion that bloggers in general are either getting burned out or the casual blogger is just stopping. It makes me wonder how much the Block Editor has to do with this.

I’ve written several times (Peeved) (Beaten) (and Others) about the forsaken editor and have nothing good to say about it. While I am now completely used to it and use it without a second thought, it never fails me to remind me that it was not created to write casually, like you know, for a blogger. How many casual bloggers got sick of trying to use the block editor and have just given up? That would definitely feed into the downturn I, and others, are seeing.

At the same time, there seems to be more stress and pressure in the world (whether there actually is or not, it all depends on how much you believe the mainstream media) and when people are stressed, they burn out easier on hard hobbies. And blogging is a hard hobby. Covid, and peoples’ fear of covid, has changed things drastically and when you are on the edge, you retreat from anything that takes effort. And blogging takes effort. Sometimes just following people takes effort and you can forget about writing posts.

I’ve mentioned to others that I’m going to have to change my blogging habits in ’22. I don’t plan on taking a hiatus or quitting, but I’ve got to reformulate my schedule because writing 15-20 reviews a month is exhausting, even with my “reviews” usually being under 600 words ๐Ÿ˜‰ But part of that reformulation is figuring out what is going on with others and to see if it is going on with me. Once I know, I can deal with whatever it is much more effectively.

No Giving Up Allowed on this Blog! (even if the flipping block editor won’t allow me to center the caption like the old editor did)

I’m writing this in hopes of getting some more input from anyone who reads this. Has your blogging changed or have you seen a change in those who follow you? Hit me with all the gory details, because “I’m Listening”.

115 thoughts on “Is WordPress Dying?

  1. Blimey that means I’ll have to check my stats, which I never do but I’ll have a go. Il also ask one of my blogger pals who has a huge active following and see if his has dropped too. I’ll be back! ๐Ÿ•ต๏ธ

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  2. Haven’t noticed any big swings, though I don’t get much traffic anyway. Some ups and downs may just be seasonal. Plus some people dropping out are probably balanced by new people starting up that aren’t in your circle (yet). In general I think blogging (mainly identified with posts that involve some writing/reading) was replaced a while ago by Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube/Twitch channels. Those are the platforms that make you a star/influencer.

    I’m like Fraggle though in that I don’t pay much attention to stats. I realize I don’t get a lot of traffic and I’m fine with that. I still dread the changes to the editing interface though. That might finally push me to pull the plug.

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    1. Little swings (week by week) I try not to take into account. Which is why I look at the monthly stuff.

      You’re probably correct about youtube/twitter/twitch/whatever too. Another guy I follow (Jeroen) just put out a post this morning about Booktubers and I thought he captured the essence of that very well. It’s not a good essence either ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

      So you haven’t been pushed to the gutenberg editor then? Lucky you.

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        1. I have been reading Alexโ€™s blog for well over a year, and both his film and his other blogs are a consistently Good read. All joking aside, itโ€™s great content, thereโ€™s no paywall, and just because itโ€™s free doesnโ€™t mean we shouldnโ€™t value it. Alexโ€™s reviews are often better than mine, and yet he has less traffic. From this I conclude there is no firm link between traffic and quality. Would not stop me reading his blog, and recommending it to others. If I was seeking popularity, Iโ€™d be watching flossing videos on Tiktok.

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            1. But traffic doesnโ€™t really matter, that stuff is easily manipulated, like YouTubeโ€™s auto play generator creating billions of fake hits every night. I didnโ€™t get much response writing for 3 million people, even interviewing pop stars, film stars and authors. I see more genuine interaction on your blog, Alex or Fraggles than I do on most comment boards. We are the real stars, itโ€™s the fake news world that is jealous of us. fACt!

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  3. Didn’t the pandemic bump everyone’s numbers up in the first place, with so many people stuck at home? I’m pretty sure everything took a leap forward in terms of numbers last year. Which is great for numbers, but not for people generally…

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    1. It did bump things up. If you look at March of 2020, when lockdowns started here in the US and other places, you’ll see that the numbers started climbing. So my numbers are greater than last year in terms of month by month comparison. But in terms of which direction they’re going, right now it’s in a negative direction.
      Honestly, when I first started noticing it I figured I’d written something that had annoyed a bunch of the casuals who then just avoided me ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. Send me a list of the names of these casuals and I’ll pay them a visit. Nobody puts my Booky in a corner!

        I think quite a few people noted last spring that they were happy to see the numbers grow, but not at the cost of, checks notes, 5 million dead across the globe. Now that the hype is largely about getting back to work, it’s inevitable that the captive audience look elsewhere. But it’s not about the quantity of readers, it’s the quality of debate, right?

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        1. Hold on, it’ll take a minute to copy all 300 of them :-/

          The thing is, the interaction is down too. I’m getting less likes and comments per person than I was 2 years ago. The views, as indicated by the chart, are just indicative of the downward trend.

          You’d think I’d want quality of debate right? And comments are definitely a big part of blogging for me. But I’m concerned that the downward trend is indicative of more than just people going back to work. I was joking about WP dying, but I do suspect that blogging is a dying art already, sigh.

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          1. I got a big boost from the stay-at-home order, and from the P2 scandal. But neither of these things were deliberate on my part, so I haven’t put much stock in these numbers as a yardstick of any kind of success on my part. People spend less time outdoors in winter,and they’ll be more inclined to bash away at keyboards to cut down risk, so I’m sure that your audience is still there. But keeping your core is more important that getting freak results; it’s still a great way to publish and share thoughts with other people IMHO.

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            1. I just want to know the “Why” of it all. I’ve dealt with this issue for years (even back in my booklikes days) and have never come to a good solution of what drives people to be invisible followers.
              It’s a mystery. That I keep trying to solve. And write posts about! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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              1. I think what drives people to follow is partly to do with their desire to be followed. But once you have hundreds or thousands of followers, that sense of connection gets weakened. I rely on and enjoy the WP community, but accept that the majority of my readers come from elsewhere. But as long as that core are there, the rest is just gravy…

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                1. Mmhhhmmm, gravy. Sausage gravy with biscuits sounds fantastic right now.

                  I’m about at the limit of people I can intelligently interact with on my blog. I wouldn’t mind a handful more who comment regularly, but not more than that. Because then like you mention, I’d lose track of who they are and they would stop being people but only be numbers.

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                    1. I thunk I’ve seen popular bloggers like BeelyPete comment that you can divide your number of followers by ten to get the actual number of people reading. Who knows? But I’ll say again; I used to write for a daily newspaper with an estimated catchment of 3 million in the physical world. I get more actual response here. Getting any response is a bonus…WP could wreck the format tomorrow, and we’d look back on this as the golden age, so enjoy it while you can…

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                    2. Yep, I use the 10/2 rule myself too. 10% of your followers for Likes and 2% for Comments.

                      One of the reasons I write posts like this IS to help remind myself that any response is a bonus. Keeps my head from exploding with pride and keeps my ego in check with being reminded that I’m not Entitled to anything.

                      And I usually get some really interesting discussions going, which is just fun.

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                    3. Just reading the other posts. I engage with WP community members, and it’s an important part of my blog, but the numbers/traffic come from imdb, RT, Twitter and elsewhere, as well as publicity campaigns which share links via insta or whatever. So my numbers are wildly up, my summer 2021 is up over 300 percent on last year, but it’s because my traffic isn’t derived from WP, WP is the software which enables me to blog on my website. People are still reading, more than ever, but how they find material has changed. I think it’s not enough to drive up numbers if you just have a stall in the marketplace anymore, based on what you and others are saying. You have to have a wider strategy about how people find you.

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                    4. That sounds about right. And it’s what I’m afraid of too. I’m not willing to go to all those other places, even just to put up a link. I tried that back in the day and quickly ran out of steam. I’m a One Place kind of guy I guess and I’ll just have to accept the limitations that go with it.
                      But that won’t stop me from complaining about it! hahahahaa.

                      A 300% increase? That’s heady stuff….

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                    5. It take me roughly 90 seconds a day to mechanically link each review to RT, IMDb and Twitter. Maybe I should do insta too. Itโ€™s not onerous.

                      But youโ€™ll remember that at the start of last year, Iโ€™d write about audience numbers increasing. That increase was due to circumstances beyond my control, so all I can do is surf the wave. Blogging is fun, so letโ€™s just enjoy it and not worry about numbers.

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                    6. Remember that conversation on your blog about me feeling like a “tool”? That’s how linking makes me feel. So while I cast no aspersions on those who can do it, it is simply something I’m not going to do.

                      Very nice sentiment and one I try to tell others too. Putting it into practice is a titchy bit harder though ๐Ÿ™‚

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                    7. It might be hard, but you do a good job at it. I donโ€™t even look at social media responses, itโ€™s a tier I donโ€™t engage with, only exist on. But if you want to play a numbers game, it helps. But that numbers game only offers an illusion of happiness. The real joy is communication.

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  4. I got a boost in views on my blog from April 2020, probably due to the Coof19 TM that kept people indoors more than before. Since June 2021 this year, I’ve noticed a gradual drop month by month. Things usually quieten down over the summer, but this year there has been no uptake in views in Autumn as what usually happens. Weird.

    This had no bearing on my decision to reduce my posting of reviews, btw. I’m working on getting my YouTube channel up and running, and that takes a lot of time. I’d also found myself reading fewer books. But it was very interesting to read your thoughts. Thanks Bookstooge. ๐Ÿ˜€

    One more thing. I’ve had an upturn in random followers who don’t go on to interact with my blog. Like only a couple each week, but is that a normal thing for you and other bloggers? Also random “likes” that don’t count as a “view”?

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    1. My own views started up ticking in April of last year too and I figured it was solely due to covid and lockdowns.

      This type of thing always interests me because it deals with people and how they think and act and trying to figure out the reasons behind it all is fun, to me ๐Ÿ˜€ It can also be incredibly annoying though, as people in general are dumbasses and act so :-/

      I’ve found that the random “followers” who never interact just go with the territory. I figure 75% of them are hoping you’ll follow them in return but they have zero intention of actually interacting with you. As for the likes and views. If someone likes your post in the reader, it doesn’t get counted as a view because they didn’t actually visit your site. So if they are searching for Term X in the reader and they see your post, they can like it, move on to the next entry and never be seen or heard of again.

      Thanks for giving me the impetus to get this post written. It was fun to write something spur of the moment.

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      1. I wonder if there is a general malaise to reading book reviews or similar blogs? As Jeroen mentioned in his post, a lot of people are moving to YouTube, Fbook, Twitch, Odysee and other similar social media sites. Or are people reading less, due to the same reasons? I always go through a reading slump over the summer, but thankfully I’ve got back into over the last few weeks.

        It’s great to have these virtual discussions on here. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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        1. It would not surprise me if the video’ization of blogging is catching up to us. And with the absolute wealth of platforms to choose from, there is no community because it’s splintered across the internet.
          I also think that people are reading less. Reading less books AND less people reading.

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  5. I do see a downswing in the interaction and views. My greatest fear here is that blogging is simply dying. Like Alex Good says above, people moved on to other platforms. Booktube is huge. Booktubers get thousands of views and create communities on Discord where people hang out and chat about books. Younger generations even talk about book on TikTok. BookTok. Whatever that is. I fear that blogging is going down the way of the Internet forum.

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    1. I just mentioned blogging as a dying art to Dix (above/below/wherever it was here). Crap. Now I feel like some Old Guard at the back of the army ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Video definitely seems to be overtaking the written/typed word as the way to communicate. I do not approve ๐Ÿ˜€

      And I really liked Forums back in the day….

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        1. Which is why I keep trying to find new bloggers to follow. It is really hard! When I search in the wp reader for books or authors that I really like, 4 times out of 5, I’m the top result. Not what I’m looking for!

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  6. I have to admit I don’t look at stats, so I have no idea of viewing trends for my blog. I guess that it depends on the way I look at blogging, i.e. simply a way to share my “reading adventures” with like-minded people, and learning about new books and authors. The people I follow regularly seem to be posting more or less constantly so I have not felt the… doomsday alerts ๐Ÿ˜€ you mentioned, but now you’ve piqued my curiosity…

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    1. Oh, if you don’t already look at your stats, it’s not something I’d recommend. it can suck the joy out of blogging. I’ve experienced that enough times, which is why I only look at daily stats (to see if I have spam comments to deal with) and monthly stats.

      I only follow about 45 people so I tend to notice when people slowdown or stop. While I’d like to follow more, I’ve found that 50 is really my upper limit. After that, I regularly mix people up and I REALLY don’t like doing that.
      How many people do you follow, if you don’t mind me asking.

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      1. The blogs I follow – and actively interact with, either on a daily basis or more sporadically – are around 30. There is a handful of other blogs I do follow but whose posts have become quite rare, if not nonexistent, so I guess I come almost close to your self-imposed limit ๐Ÿ™‚
        (which is very wise, by the way…)

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  7. As I’ve said on my own blog, my retreat from posting several times a week is mostly due to what is going on in my own life. Mostly just lack of time, although after years of blogging it is a little harder to pound out the words. But I do hate the Block Editor, and that probably has some subconscious effect.

    I don’t pay much attention to my stats anymore. I did notice when I started posting less and de facto quit Twitter and just reduced my online presence that my stats started to fall off.

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    1. As life changes, I expect blogging to change for individuals. But not everyone is going through your circumstances. But maybe there’s a superset of change going on that is affecting people, which in turn would affect their blogging.

      I’ve always tried to stay away from other social sites because I want data JUST from WP. Figuring out patterns is hard enough with just one platform, never mind more ๐Ÿ˜€

      I do dread the day you retire. I’ve seen PDC (planetary defense commander) just stop and you and he seemed to start following me about the same time. And you both had similar outlooks, which I really liked.

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      1. I keep hoping that PDC will show back up. It is a little sad to see some of the very first bloggers I interacted with disappear.

        I can’t imagine stopping without some sort of heads up. I can’t have y’all staying up nights worrying about me.

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        1. I check back into his site every couple of months hoping to see some life. No luck so far.

          It just seems like good manners to give a “goodbye”, unless something disastrous happens.

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  8. Well I’ve had a look a the monthly stats, I don’t get a lot as I only post once a week anyway and like you only use WP, don’t like the other social media platforms at all so I don’t go there. Monthly seems up and down but my yearly stats look pretty stable, with this year already surpassing the previous year. On the whole though I don’t give a monkey’s, I just like the comments and having a banter or conversation.

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    1. Sometimes I think that “stats” are a trap I fall into. Then I have to dust myself off, climb out and carry on for another couple of years until I fall into them again, hahhaa.

      Good to know you are staying stable on a yearly basis. that’s the real test to see which direction things are going.

      And I like conversing with you. And reading your comments to others as well ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. I’ve been blogging since 2008, I think. There was a heyday between 2009-13 when blogging hit a peak. I guess I followed that peak because I’ve been a non dedicated yo-yo blogger for some time now, which does nothing helpful for my stats. Because of that, I won’t see much drop off. Just some observations: I use my phone app now, where I can’t click on commenter profiles. The app won’t let me, so if I’m interested in finding more blogs to read, I can’t do it that way. This is really frustrating to me. Also, I hate the block editor. It’s not user friendly. Both these issues make WordPress not that much fun any longer, but I’m also simply not willing to go sit at my computer like I used to. Computer is for work only.

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    1. Thanks Jill. I’ve got a post coming up later this where I chronicle my own journey of book blogging ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s always interesting to hear others’ stories.

      On your phone, how do you manage to write comments then? I can’t imagine pecking away with the amount I comment. I use my phone for texting and calls and as a time piece ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thankfully, I don’t use a computer for work so I can actually enjoy using one when I get home at the end of the day.

      Are you using the WP app or a dedicated browser?

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      1. It’s the WP app for Android. I doubt I would be active on WP at all without it because I read/comment/write posts while waiting for my son or in the weird 15 minute or so intervals I have between gigs.

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        1. Now that is interesting. I’ve always assumed people sat down and read through their feeds. But I guess a mobile oriented group would do things differently.

          And I do know I’ve not heard a lot of good things about the wp app…..

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  10. Sorry, I meant to add that the exodus from Twitter and Facebook hasn’t helped. I’m no longer on either. Where do I get people interested in my blogs and books? Nowhere…I’m in no-man’s land until I figure things out. I was going to write a post about this, but I should probably make a YouTube video instead. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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    1. make a youtube video, indeed. I bet you think you’re so funny! ๐Ÿ˜€

      I never used FB or Twitter for book related stuff, so that keeps my data much more wordpress oriented. I’ve often wondered if people actually gets clicks from their twitter feeds if all they do is put up links. I know I wouldn’t follow someone like that.

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      1. Well…I sold the most books while on Facebook and Twitter both. Much fewer when I was just on Twitter. Almost none now that I’m not on either. Re blogs, though, I usually only got decent hits when others shared my links on social media. But I know what you mean. Social media platforms are boring if they’re just a string of links. There has to be more personality happening.

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        1. See, we’re talking about 2 different things here. You’re talking about selling books, I’m talking about just blogging. That’s a whole can of worms that I don’t have to worry about, thankfully.

          If there’s no person behind the links, yeah, I might as well go read a book ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. As you know, I tend to have a semi-regular posting schedule, and I do usually take a break for a holiday in the summer. So yes, there’s always a lull around that time of year I find anyway. Don’t think its something to worry about really. As a writer I’m always working on other projects as well. But I still like to make time to read other blogs and comment, even if I’m not posting much. I think a an interactive community on the whole WordPress is a very positive and interactive platform. They heyday of blogging may be behind us now, but I don’t think it’ll ever go away.

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    1. Thanks for chiming in Paul.

      If the highpoint of blogging is behind us (and if the absolute plethora of video platforms current and arising is any indication, it is), then I would hope wordpress would do something to help facilitate bloggers finding each other. I’m finding it hard anyway.

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      1. Yeah, media platforms are in a state of flux atm I think. Don’t worry too much. I always experience a drop in views ect during the summer, and then usually right after Christmas as well. Also, there are times when social media platforms are down, which we’ve experience recently worldwide, and those can really take time to build back up to capacity again – hence a drop in traffic. Also, don’t get too bogged down worrying about stats or playing to Algorithms, that can really drive you up the wall. I mean, I didn’t post much at all in Aug or Sep, but when I posted a No Time to Die review my blog lit up like a Christmas tree. People are there, sometimes you just have to bide your time, and pitch it at the right moment.

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        1. So what you’re saying is that i need to believe in my followers and not worry about the numbers?
          Great advice. Because I’ve given that same advice to a lot of others over the years, hahahahaa. Thanks. I needed to hear that.

          I’ve been blogging long enough that I feel like I should already know all of this. But then a circumstance like this happens and voila, I’m acting like Newbie McNewber. maybe Chicken Little somehow got into my breakfast cereal ๐Ÿ˜‰

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          1. You’ve been blogging for as long, and perhaps longer than I have. We’ve all been there and had doubts, is anyone there, dose anyone care ect? Its an easy trap to fall into. Just take a step back and keep calm and carry on. Do you remember when I suddenly fell ill in 2018 and got rushed into hospital with a bad chest infection? That forced me to take a break and I realised quickly that the internet / blogging didn’t implode without me or because of a dip in views or activity. It was good in a way. I love blogging and writing, and being on social media, but sometimes it can begin to take over. Happy to help. That’s one thing about WordPress, its a great community, and no matter how much the media landscape may change we will always be here for each other.

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  12. I’m kinda hoping it does, I’ve been wanting to get away from that shitty editor for awhile now but didn’t want the hassle of forwarding to the new site. So if and when WordPress goes *poof* I’ve already got a backup ready to go elsewhere

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    1. From what I understand though, other places like Wix and Squarespace, etc, are all using some form of a block editor too. and their social system of notifications isn’t up to WP’s.
      What system are you using?

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  13. For me, my erratic posting schedule was/is due to several factors:

    1. Depression – I can’t really call it anything else – over the issues @ BookLikes. To me, that’s home and it feels like it’s been invaded by white trash and there’s a wheel on blocks in the front yars.

    2. My hatred of WordPress. It’s probably faded to intense ire at this point, but it’s still not an interface that makes you want to post, or makes it easy to keep up with others.

    3. No perception issues here. Living in the city that’s officially been locked down the longest in the world, Covid has left a very immediate and real effect on our lives here at the house where crazy cats reign. My husband’s business is in the city, which currently only has 8% office occupancy (as in, people coming into the city to work rather than work from home), and his business is down the less than 10% of his average turnover. I’ve been on enforced working from home since July, but at least I’m still working. This has probably had the least affect on me of the 3 reasons though, as I’m a fatalist and a pragmatist at heart. But I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t added to the waxing and waning effect of my participation on the internet.

    and now, 4. I’m currently working with Themis-Athena and Moonlight Reader, trying to develop a new, private site where we can run our Halloween Bingo and 24 Tasks games from and it’s been sucking up both my time and all the air in the house.

    As a .org user, I’ve got my sites configured to default to the classic editor, so the block has yet to touch my life. I’d never survive in a .com environment between the block and the ads and I’m fortunate that the hosting service I’ve been using for over a decade includes self-hosted .org WP for free. Otherwise, I don’t know what I’d do. Retreat from the internet entirely, I guess, since other than BookLikes there is no social book site I like enough.

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    1. Thanks for all that MDB.

      1) I still fondly recall booklikes and just wish it could have survived. It had everything that I like about a booksite and a blogging site and its notification system was just as good as WP’s. I have to be honest, I didn’t even realize it was still running, no matter how badly.

      2) If it wasn’t for the block editor being shoved down our throats, I would have been extremely happy about WP.com and been singing their praises. Their old wysiwyg editor was so intuitive that grandma’s could easily pick it up. Now, that’s not the case ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
      and going on my own isn’t an option. I’ll go back to blogger before that happens.

      3) I can’t even imagine how that situation is completely messing with your whole experience.

      4) Yeah, projects, and that sounds like a doozy sized one, are real time sucks, even if the end goal is a good one. Best of luck on that ๐Ÿ˜€

      I’ve given up on trying to find a social booksite. I figure blogging is the best option I have and trying to survive here is all I’ve got the oomph for. I suspect if things got tough for me, as tough as they seem to be for you, I’d retreat to writing little 100 word reviews like I used to do in the early days of my recording. and try to find another “hobby”.

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      1. I did just that – well I stopped writing completely, but I became engrossed in our weekly hikes and trying to photograph and see as many birds as I could (I still do this, but less as it’s the end of winter/start of spring here); my husband and I also got a wee bit obsessed with a board game called Wingspan, playing it a couple times a night every night for several months. Diversions and distractions – things that took us out of our ordinary habits and allowed us to concentrate on something else.

        There’s light at the end of the tunnel here, as lockdown is scheduled to end in a few weeks. Things are by no means better, but they aren’t worse and I have to say that I’m amazed and impressed (and so, so thankful) with how resilient our situation has turned out to be. We’ve made it on much less this year, far better than I’d feared. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  14. I’ve had a 25% drop in views over the past few months but I had put that down to a post-lockdown re-adjustment along with the result of me posting fewer articles for people to like and comment on. Although now you mention it, my number of weekly likes is down by more like 40%, which I think indicates I’m getting fewer visitors who are actually connected via the WordPress platform.

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    1. Other commentors have talked about a “summer” slump, but I haven’t noticed it before this year. I actually took a look at the chart I included and nope, I never experienced one, so this is all new to me.

      I get nothing BUT wp people, so my views/likes are following almost the exact same trajectory.

      Thanks for giving those hard numbers.

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      1. You will have to have a Pony Express rider bring me your backlog of survival meals in exchange for a hard copy of my book.

        No, seriously, if they were to shut down the Internet, supply chain, and travel, sadly most of us would never see each other again. Until Glory.

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        1. Oh, those premade meals were horrible! While 1 or 2 were palatable, the rest were literally starvation worthy and that was it. They were the first thing we downsized recently.

          Yeah, supply chains would crumble into nothing. We’re too interconnected….

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  15. Yep I noticed a summer dip but I always see one every year so I didn’t think much of it – though now you have me curious to compare stats to previous summers. I wouldn’t be surprised if this year was a bit lower though, but I think that could also be an effect of me not being as responsive or involved in networking due to just being busier this year. :\

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    1. Yeah, there are so many variables that trying to figure it all out is wicked complicated. But that’s why I am asking you all. Getting some anecdotal evidence and some hard numbers is much better than just “Oh, my numbers are down, THE WORLD IS ENDING! PANIC!!!!!!”
      ๐Ÿ˜€

      ps,
      how’d you get your little emoji to be centered at the end of your comment?

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  16. I don’t think there’s rhyme or reason to views increasing or decreasing. Once when I wasn’t posting, my views went way up and then when I started posting again, the views completely decreased. Bizarre!

    I generally don’t stop following people and keep an eye on their blogs. I’ve known a couple of bloggers who’ve been diagnosed with cancer, one who is in renal failure, one whose marriage was failing and another with cancer who I believe has since died. And absolutely with the COVID narrative colouring every facet of our lives, I know there are those who have felt defeated or depressed. So I try to understand if I don’t see a post for awhile and hope they’re doing well. Many return and some don’t. But I kind of feel the connection we’ve made is more important than the frequency of their posts. However, to each their own.

    I do agree that less people are blogging and definitely less who are blogging creatively. It’s a little sad but perhaps a product of our times. I do hope your views increase and that instead of feeling overwhelmed you settle into a schedule that works well for you. God bless!!

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    1. Thanks Cleo.
      Yeah, people getting into serious real life issues and leaving is one I struggle with. Because you don’t know if the person left blogging because they died or they burnt out. What do you say? “Are you still alive?” That’s too blunt for even me.

      Thanks. I just needed to get this out of my system and I’ll be good for a couple of years again ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. Lol! I know what you mean. I’m good with a “are you still alive” but I see your point that many wouldn’t be. I’m relatively private and I don’t like using social media to announce things but I know I’m in the minority. And because I can track who views my blog, I have a couple of “blog stalkers” so that really makes me not want to share too much (one is in India and one in the U.S., thank goodness) but there’s one near to where I live so it has made me uncomfortable ….. thank goodness for Wordfence’s traffic logging capabilities).

        Reading through some of the comments, I believe you may never know WHY. I think it’s just technology (ie. bots, ie. Google search) playing with your mind through senseless manipulation. Probably not the answer you were looking for though ……. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        1. Eh, just letting readers know that one is having “personal, family, work or health” issues is enough.

          yeah, there’s just too many variables to really figure out the “why”. As for bots, wp.com has a way of weeding out their hits so I don’t have to worry about it.

          I think this post was more just me needing to vent ๐Ÿ˜€

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  17. I’ve noticed a slight dip in visitors in the summer too, almost every year. Sometimes it is June, sometimes in July. I think it might depend on the weather, people spend less time in front of screens, but also on my own number of posts – I’ve often had a bit of a reading slump in summer – which is strange, as I have more time then. It’s hard to parse exactly.

    But overall my stats are up, I’ve surpassed my totals of last year already a month ago – 15,000 visitors, and 27,500 views already this year (vs 13,000 and 23,000 last year). I’ve had a few well performing posts (the Book of the New Son, the Dune movie review), but that’s not the main reason, it just is the accumulated posts over time accumulated more visitors, and the fact that I slowly gain more readers that find worth in what I write. I’ve noticed that if I do 1, 2 or 3 posts a month doesn’t really have that much an impact on my overall stats that month – unless it is a hit post like the ones I’ve mentioned.

    What is down from a few years ago is likes. While I used to have about 20-25 likes on a post in the first week, that has fallen to about 16. Some posts might accumulate more likes over time, but not all. What I conclude from that is that active WordPress bloggers, or lurkers with a WP account, are indeed down a bit. (Or at the very least, some of these stopped paying attention to my blog.)

    On the other hand, comments are up, and I chalk that up to more overall (quality) readers, some of which comment without a WP-account.

    I do actively crossposts links to my posts on Facebook, Twitter, and links with a fragment of the review on Goodreads, Worlds Without End and Library Thing. I’ve done that since the beginning of my blog. It gets me a bit more traffic, most importantly from Goodreads – the rest is negligible for direct referrals, but I do think the links help with my visibility for search engines like Google. My Goodreads interactions are also very steadily rising (very slowly), and I’ve come to the point that a few of the friends there are actually more important for me deciding what to read next, as there is some quality critical reviewing happening there as well, and the format is handy in that if I want to check out a book I instantly see what a few friends already wrote about it. It’s all about following/friending the right people obviously, finding those that write the kind of critical review I need, and whose tastes more or less align with mine. If I see a good recommendation on a blog I trust, I instantly head over to read some more about in on Goodreads.

    Interesting topic, thanks for providing the opportunity to reflect a bit on it.

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    1. Thanks for giving me those numbers Bart. One more bit of data to add to the tossed salad I seem to be collecting here.

      So devilreads hasn’t silenced your review links by making them only visible to your friends? That happened to me last time I tried the site back in ’16 or so.

      I get some views from search engines, but not much. and since I’m not a group person, most other sites don’t work out very well for me. So here I am ๐Ÿ˜€

      Glad you found it interesting. Sometimes things whirl around in my head and need an outlet.

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      1. As far as I know, everybody can click the link. Amazon doesn’t allow links in the reviews, another reason why I don’t crosspost them there, which is a shame, as that would be another fairly huge audience.

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  18. Hi, from the other side of no blogging for over a month! ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚ It really wasnโ€™t planned but, honestly a needed disconnect. Real life is stressful and full of stats and charts, I donโ€™t engage in that sort of stuff with my blogging. I write, put it in the atmosphere and what happens, happens. If people are disconnecting for a bit, thats good! More content for great blogging! ๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜˜

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    1. Thanks for chiming in Shawnerly.

      It’s amazing how much we all need breaks from our hobbies throughout the years. What do you do that requires you to deal with stats and charts in real life? I can see why you’d ignore them in your hobby ๐Ÿ˜€

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  19. I backed off on blogging for school. I’m trying to maintain a once per week stride and I’m kind of managing that. It’s also my favorite time of the year, so I have lots I need to update on but I need the time to do it. The past 3 weeks since Ozzy’s surgery has had me struggling with my time management skills. School has really been tough to get through on top of everything else.
    I don’t really track my stats. Perhaps, I should start?
    I have noticed that a lot of blog to blog interaction has died down. I know I’m guilty of it too. I try to run through and at minimum like my favorite people’s stuff but I need to get back to leaving more comments. D:

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  20. I did notice a downturn in the rate of new followers added when I cancelled some social media accounts like Twitter, where I used to advertise my blog. I cancelled my Facebook account where I also used to advertise but I ended up starting a new account there, only as a means of joining a few groups, not making “friends” or posting. The only place I now advertise new blog posts is LinkedIn and that only occasionally.

    I do notice an uptick in views when I write my very brief fiction and nonfiction 50-word pieces. Because I am doing prompt writing, I wonder if this happens because I have to reach for new words and concepts. I don’t know. Or does the quantity of posts help? Furthermore, it seems social media-friendly to have 50-word posts as advertisements, so for a copy and paste to LinkedIn. (I used to post the 50 words to Twitter.) I don’t know, but that’s how I’m proceeding for the time being.

    Your response to my post about my question regarding WordPress settings and the quality of this post is what has inspired me to follow your blog. And I don’t typically drop those I follow. The only time I might do this is if a blogger’s content doesn’t quite mesh with what I want to read. I follow according to quality and uniqueness.

    Many blessings and much love from the muses—Margaret

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    1. Thanks for your comment Margaret.

      Thanks for the follow. I’ll have a couple of About Me style posts coming up this month that might help you decide if you want to keep on. Just do be aware that I’m not “author” friendly, as I’ve had some very bad experiences in that way. I try to be people friendly though.
      Ok, well, that’s stretching it, but I try not to bite peoples’ heads off right away ๐Ÿ˜€

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  21. I do know that it’s quite hard to find bloggers who not only 1) blog regularly 2) are interested in the same kind of content as those shared by us, and 3) want to interact and communicate nowadays. And with 2021 being a year of “recuperation” for many, I can only imagine that there isn’t a lot of people who turn to blogging as a way to spice things up for their lives. On my end, I’d probably always write up posts for the rest of my life and just be happy with the interaction I get from my blogger buddies or be happily surprised if I meet new people.

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    1. Man, tell me about number 2. I’ll search wordpress blogs using series or authors names that I really like. And most of the time I only get hits on my own blog, sigh. I’ve stopped doing that because it’s too depressing.

      I’ve been actively searching out new blogs and have realized I’m going to to accept some chaff along with the wheat. Oh well, whatcha going to do?

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  22. Hmmm, I try not to look at view and follower figures because I can easily become obsessive about such things and it will only make me miserable. That said, I gained a handful of followers this summer (possibly not all real people, of course!).
    Then again, I’ve been going through The Slump, as you know, so even if I could tell you my viewing figures, it still souldn’t mean much, I don’t think.

    I’m interested in the suggestion that blogging might be having a bit of a slump itself. (The obsession with Youtube – with talking out loud in general – frustrates the heck out of me. Everyone and their auntie seems to be doing podcasts now … zzzzZZZZ).

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    1. That’s a good way to go if you get even a little bit obsessive. Or you’ll end up like me ๐Ÿ˜€

      I hadn’t thought about blogging in general going through a slump, but after everyone’s comments and my own anecdotal evidence, it makes sense.

      And I’m with you. Give me the written word any time….

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  23. I don’t see any significant changes between 2020 and 2021… overall, we are actually doing a bit better, although in Summer we had slightly less views on Re-E (but more visitors).
    I definitely still hate the block editor ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Glad things are going hunky dory for you guys ๐Ÿ™‚

      I’m at the stage where I’m inured to the block editor. But it’s just disheartening to see how backwards it is and how difficult it makes everything….

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  24. Our stats are similar to last year’s, and we keep the 1-post-per-week schedule, but I did open a GR account and I see this drives a bit of traffic our way. In general, though, I agree with your remarks: I’ve seen many bloggers stop blogging, going on hiatus or outright closing down their blogs. I feel like blogging is a hard hobby indeed because it’s 1) time and effort consuming, 2) requires consistency and determination, and 3) needs human interaction to really work. I feel like we’ve been through an eruption of blogging last year or so, and now we’ve been whittled down to the hard core as the weekend enthusiasts have fallen away ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    1. Flipping weekend warrior bloggers! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      This is one of the issues with me being me. I get heavily invested in something, go all gung-ho, expect everybody else to have the same level of commitment and then get disappointed when people are people.

      Everyone keeps talking about the “new normal”. I guess that means going back to a much smaller group with blogging :-/

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      1. I no longer know what “normal” is, tbh. I think it will change and fluctuate a lot in the coming months, but the whole blogging thing always had its ups and downs. For us, it’s been generally stable with some upward trend, but we started very small and stayed small for a long time ๐Ÿ˜‰ So I guess we’re used to this ๐Ÿ˜
        For me, it’s mostly about the relationships with other bloggers, and about solid recommendations that I get from like-minded people. This hasn’t changed and as long as it stays the same, I’ll keep blogging ๐Ÿ™‚

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  25. Not too bothered about my stats anymore. While im close to reaching 500 followers. My posts will average around 10 likes and 1 comment. Im oke with that. Used to bother me that people only like and dont comment. But im over that caring stage. Ive got a tonne of posts i need to get up soon as this exam is over. November might be real crazy

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