Yesterday, this blog got 283 visitors and 1,086 page views. These are the most visitors and page views the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette has ever gotten in one day. Ever…
I sat at my work station this morning and thought about these statistics. Beyond the two windows, which point in different directions, of my living room/kitchenette where I have my workstation, a gray dawn began to spread over the City of Pittsburgh. I stared at the stats on my computer screen. The only light in my living room/kitchenette came from my computer screen and a 40 watt bulb over the stove against the wall behind me to my right.
How could I reach my short-term goal of 300 visitors and 1,000 page views every day? How can any blogger increase the number of visitors and page views his or her blog gets every day?
We all work within certain limitations of time, content and productivity. I consider these the internal dynamics of our trade. Then there are what I consider to be the external dynamics of our trade: how crowded is the field we blog in and how large is our target audience?
But what struck me about the number of visitors and the number of page views that I got yesterday was that my page views were probably more important than the number of visitors. Why do I feel this way?
Because I would rather have 200 readers who read 800 pages instead of 300 readers who read 1,000 pages. The 200 readers who read 800 pages would be more engaged with the content of this blog than 300 readers who read 1,000 pages.
This is Guy Hogan reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
Hail to Pitt!