This time last year I got my first ever annual blog report from WordPress. I didn’t ask for it but they sent it anyway. And actually it was pretty cool. It didn’t tell me anything earth shattering that I didn’t already know. I was eight months into my blogging journey at that point and I was pretty obsessed with my blog’s stats. Nonetheless it was nice having it all on one report – and because other bloggers were posting links to their blog reports I could compare my blog stats with others and laugh sneeringly or bow my head in shame depending on how they matched up to mine.
It was like being back in school.
Except not at all like that really.
What I took from my 2015 report was that, for a relative newbie, I was doing ok at this blogging business. Perhaps not the brightest and best of all the bloggers but a solid performer nonetheless.
A blogger with potential perhaps.
And I remember boasting that, given that my 2015 report was based on only eight months of blogging (as I only began blogging in May), my 2016 report would be truly something to behold.
But it isn’t.
For a number of reasons.
Not least of which is the fact that WordPress seems to have dispensed with the annual report thing.
Because I only started in 2015 I don’t know if WordPress have got rid of a much cherished and longstanding feature or if they just came up with it last year and then decided that it wasn’t as good as they thought it would be and just binned the idea.
I have mixed feelings about this decision.
On the one hand I quite liked getting the report last year.
On the other hand my report this year would have been bad.
Because, despite the four extra months I’ve had in 2016, I seem to have performed significantly worse this year in almost every respect.
The stats don’t lie – I’m actively getting worse at blogging.
I’ve had fewer visitors, fewer ‘likes’, fewer people commenting on the blog and ultimately all of that is because I’ve been significantly less good at blogging than I was when I first started.
I’ve written fewer posts and I’ve posted inconsistently. Weeks like this where I’ve posted everyday have been juxtaposed with whole months where I’ve written nothing at all. I haven’t been pulling my weight in the blogging community either. I haven’t commented on or ‘liked’ the posts of my fellow bloggers anywhere near as much as I managed in 2015.
But this isn’t how it’s supposed to go is it?
Aren’t you supposed to get better at stuff the more you do it?
Maybe, given my decline, I should just give up completely…
But I’m not going to do that.
I’m just going to revise my goals.
I started in 2015 with the naïve dream that I could become the best blogger the world has ever seen.
Clearly I’ve failed at that spectacularly.
But I haven’t hit rock bottom.
I’m sure if I put my mind to it I can become even worse at this in 2017.
Let’s see how low I can set the bar for 2018.