One of the reasons I decided to participate in NaBloPoMo is to motivate myself to start working with analytics. Since I’m still figuring out what exactly this blog is about, I thought that a month of experimenting and keeping an eye on the results would be helpful. I haven’t set up Google Analytics yet (#recruiterlife), but the WordPress Stats have revealed some interesting insights.
By far my best night for Views AND for Likes is Wednesday. This came as a bit of a surprise; I had assumed people would be more likely to be idly perusing blogs on Fridays right before 5, or on Sunday nights while nursing the last of a hangover. But nope – Wednesday!
My post from that busiest night of Views was about an online encounter with an old colleague who’s apparently a misogynist now. Not exactly a surprise that this one did well — I travel in pretty feminist circles and, well, feminism is SO hot right now. What DID come as a surprise, though, was that the Post on which I received the most Likes was a little quickie I wrote about a picture of a donut ice cream sandwich I ate in New York City.
Was it the food porn? Did I use the right tags at the right time? Are people just in a Liking sort of mood on Wednesday nights?
Until I’ve got a few more months of steady posting under my belt I won’t know for sure if it’s a pattern or simply coincidence, but it’s given me some things to think about as I plan my content.
How about you? Have you found that people are liking things that surprise you? How has that affected what you post?