A while back I wrote a blog called “Duh.” https://onetahayes.com/2015/05/18/well-duh/ As I fulfilled the Blogging 201 Fourth Assignment, I see that is still quite appropriate. No one reads me, if I don’t write. My daily visits bounce up and down in direct correlation to whether or not I write. Overall, I have to sort of ignore my stats, or I get depressed. But on the other hand. They are pretty steadily going up. February I wrote 9 posts and had 109 visitors; April I wrote 16 posts and had 180 visitors; June I wrote 12 and had 163 visitors. Just proves the point that I must write to be read! I couldn’t learn much about the time of day that was of any help to me. I was surprised at the number of countries I had reached. Most of my visitors were from Face book, but I have a group of Followers who receive via e-mail. Are these counted in Visitors? Followers are the butter on my bread! Encouragers, all! I really enjoy being a Follower also. It is such a good way to bond friendships! Blogging? I love it. Of course, I would like a lot more visitors and a lot more likes and a lot more comments. But I don’t think I really have a goal of hundreds of visitors. I like to go walk along with them too much. I think I want to dwell on quality relationships that I don’t believe are possible with hundreds of visitors. BUT having said all that, “Come on along, let’s tag along together a bit.”

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. It’s good to see I’m not the only one struggling while viewing the stats page. Your progress is encouraging though. I plan to write lots more as the school year goes on so I am very excited for the prospect of reaching a wider audience.

  2. Faye says:

    Hi you are being followed by me. I rejoice that I have a connection. Personally I do not worry about the stats. I write simply to express the creativitiy which God inspires with the prayer that someone ‘out-there’ will receive encouragement/blessing. Are you doing the No2 Blogging course? I finished No1 but have not heard anything re No.2. Have a Great day! Today is my Prayer Calling Day so no blog. God Bless!

  3. shoreacres says:

    First, an answer to your question: yes, people who receive posts by email are counted in your visitors. Anyone who clicks a link to get to your blog gets counted.

    One thing you should do is provide only a summary of your post in your emails, rather than the whole post. As it is, I can read your post in the email, and you’d never know it.

    To set the summary, put your cursor over the button that says “My Site” at the far left of your black admin bar. Click on the button that says “WP Admin” — the second one down. Then, near the bottom of the menu that opens up, click on “Settings,” which is the next-to-last button. When it opens, click on “Reading.” Just a little way down on that page, it says, “For each article in a feed, show…” and you can chose either full text or summary. Be sure that you’ve chosen summary.

    Phew! If that doesn’t make sense, let me know. It’s hard to explain some of these things, but they do make a difference.

    As for the big picture — it does take time for readership to develop. Gimmicks and tricks and awards and such won’t do it. Content will, along with exchanging comments and consistency in posting. And note: consistency doesn’t have to mean every day, or even twice a week. My general schedule is once every week, and it’s worked out just fine, despite all the people who told me I’d never get readers that way. 🙂

  4. oneta hayes says:

    Shoreacres, I have followed your advice in changing my settings. Your instructions were very clear and concise. You have been such an encouragement to me. Today’s blogging201 assignment suggests having a buddy. While I read it, I thought of you. You have really been a help to me. Worthwhile content delivered with passion and humor is my purpose. But there is no reason for my purpose unless I can get my message to people. So…I’ve got to do the blogging chores also! You are such a fluent writer! I loved your “Stems…” and “Camping by the River…” You must be an eloquent speaker.

  5. lillian says:

    Thanks for stopping by and reading my poetry — and for deciding to follow. Poetry is an interesting genre of writing — so many people are “put of” by the word and think it is “fancy” and unreadable. I chose the title of my blog lillianthehomepoet precisely to overcome that stigma. So I do understand the quandry about getting followers and visitors. I just “came” to writing poetry in February when I took an online class. In the “rejuvenatement” (do not like the word retirement) period of my life, I was interested to do something that would engage my mind and stimulate a sense of creativity. Communication has always been important to me — and words, ah words. They affect who we are, how we feel about ourselves, actions, perceptions — they can be so powerful. So, I “tried on” poetry and voila! Who knew? I love writing poetry! So, the next thing was to increase my techie skills by completing many tutorials on WordPress, and creating my blog. Imagine that! A grandma doing a blog! And then I found out there are many others “out there” doing the same thing — creating friendships and sharing connections and words in cyberspace — this is the good kind of cyberspace! So when I put up my blog, I decided the day it went live, it was for me. For me to actually see and visualize the words I was writing….and if I got followers, or folks who would Like something I wrote…well, that would be fine. But I vowed I wasn’t in it to amass numbers. That said, I still look at the “stats”. But for me….it’s the few friendships that make it fun…the ones who comment regularly or even just every once in a while … and again, it’s the “putting up” that is fun. It also motivates me to write each morning, and have these morning chats over my coffee.
    So, Good Morning! So NICE to have you drop by! I am lillian, and not a stat. Enjoyed meandering your blog and so happy you found me via the Corn blog!
    All these words later, just keep writing! For you! It’s the act — the commitment of words to paper/screen/blog that counts. 🙂
    Love your title by the way! Sweet aroma….how did you come by it?
    Happy Tuesday to you! And now, for another sip of my coffee 🙂

    • oneta hayes says:

      Lillian, how nice of you to put all these words on paper for my benefit! I also just needed a place to put my words – and I’ve found the blogosphere is perfect. Infringes on no one and gives opportunity for others to read if they want to. As I said in Eval… I tell myself I want personal relationships not numbers – but I still look for the numbers! Really I do value knowing you more than I value raising my stats by one figure. I am enjoying your poetry. I’m more on the limerick end of poetry than the free verse kind, but liking one does not prohibit liking the other. That’s good. Thanks for encouragement to this grandmother, I guess a generation beyond you. Life is and has been wonderful.

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