Every blogger I know is aware of how well our posts are doing. How many people visit? What are people reading? Do people comment? Is anyone out there? After all, most of us spend a lot of time and effort writing something that we think others will find interesting enough to read and hopefully share with others. If we have commercial aspirations, numbers translate to income. If we are writing just to share ideas with others, we still want to know if people find our writing helpful. Programs exist that show us how many clicks an article receives, whether the entire article is read—or just the opening paragraph. Some programs are able to clock the amount of time on each page. Even when a blogger attempts to stay true to her mission and intentions, the numbers are difficult to ignore.
Okay, so I’ll admit that I’m not immune to gauging what I think people seem to read the most here on SMART Living 365. When a post does well it tells me that I’ve achieved some of my intentions. What are they? To share ideas that will help inspire us to live a more happy, healthy and meaningful life. I’m also deeply committed to challenging us all to think and be as conscious as possible about the things we say and do. Positive Aging certainly fits within all those topics. And as I’ve said before, I hope to continually “comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable!” So rather than deny I care about who is reading my blog, here are some of the stats from the last five and a half years to show you what I’ve discovered.
Most Read SMART Posts During The Las Five Years
Clearly what all of you enjoy reading is as eclectic as what I enjoy writing about. I was asked recently how I decide what to write about on any given week. That’s easy—it’s whatever I found most interesting, inspiring or compelling during the last seven days. Of course, it’s easier when I’ve read a good book, learned something new or allowed my curiosity to explore different ideas. One thing is certain, I never write about anything that I don’t believe is interesting and useful for myself or others.
With that in mind, I went through all of my stats looking at articles that didn’t get much attention in the last five years. Here are ten of those posts that I believe deserve a second look. Most of these were written in the first couple of years I began writing here on SMART Living 365, so they are likely new to many of you. Take a look and if inspired, let me know if you agree that sometimes numbers mislead. In other words, timing, title, and a person’s current situation often decide whether a post gets read.
Least Read SMART Posts That Are Worthy Of A Second Look
Another way of gauging whether people are responding to what I write is by the comments I receive. Here is a list of some of the posts that have received the greatest number of comments during the last five years. Again, the variety of what appeals to readers is interesting to observe.
Posts With The Most Comments
Even though statistics are a sometimes interesting look at what is going on for any particular blog, like the numbers that make up our lives, they usually only mean what we think they mean. In other words, they are never the whole picture of what is going on in any situation. On reflection, I think that is a good way to close out 2016. Some people are convinced that the last year is best forgotten as quickly as possible. On the flip side, there are probably just as many who think the opposite. As always, it’s SMART to keep in mind that our perception is the largest determining factor over our individual happiness and peace of mind. Don’t like what you are seeing? Accept it, work to change it, or let it go. Just remember the choice really is up to us.
Okay, your turn. While I always love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below, here is a short poll that lets me know a bit about your reading habits in a very easy way. And as always, thank you for following and reading my blog. I do my best to keep you all in mind while writing and fulfill my intentions as shared above. May 2017 be a SMART year for us all, filled with greater sustainability (S), Meaning (M), Awareness (A), Responsibility (R) and Thankfulness (T.)