Turning off my Blog Stats

Josh —  February 1, 2013 — 4 Comments

I’m done with it.

Tracking daily stats of this blog have long been a distraction, if not an obsession.

Refreshing the site stats page and being disappointed with a number I think should be higher. Trying to figure out what kind of posts are driving the most page views. Never being satisfied no matter what I see.

So I turned them off and I am ignoring the page views on Rookie Pastor.

It stresses me out and is taking up too much head space. And yes, I do realize that makes me shallow.

This isn’t a business. It is a ministry.

The bottom line matters (to justify time and expense), but engagement with others is what this is about.

I will still sell ads and look to promote this appropriately but I’m not going to play what was beginning to feel like an endless game I would never win.

So this is what I will do:
I will take notice when you comment.
When you share.
When you subscribe.
When you engage. 

Because I want accountability here. I’m asking you to call me out when I waste your time or insult your calling. I’m also asking for you to let me know when I make a dent.

Hopefully this means stronger content that is not driven by the masses but by those who choose to be known and heard here. But even if it doesn’t improve the content it will remove an area of mindless fluff from my life.

But passive page views, mean nothing without engagement.

Josh

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Josh is a Rookie Pastor who after nearly a decade in student ministry is planting a church in Northern Kentucky. Like everyone else he doesn't know what he's doing Rookie Pastor is just the venue to share the mistakes and what he is learning along the way.

4 responses to Turning off my Blog Stats

  1. Katherine Willis Pershey February 2, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I’ve been blogging for going on nine years. There were a few years before I even knew what stats were. Since then I’ve gone through phases of tracking stats, ignoring stats, occasionally attempting to build an audience, deleting my stat counter, adding it back in again… It all does feel like a big distraction. Good for you for stepping out of that game.

    • Thanks, yeah I will still track some things but want to skew more towards engagement and not noise.

      Appreciate the encouragement. It wasn’t a groundbreaking move but something I need to do in the time being.

  2. Good for you, Josh.

    I finally learned that when it comes to blogging, I’d rather have half a dozen engaged readers than an audience of a thousand who skim my posts and never say a word. You are absolutely right that “passive page views, mean nothing without engagement.” Honestly, when you let go of the need to monitor everything, you will find blogging to be more of a joy and less of a… well… stressor.

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