Once a while, I would check my blog for site stats and any comments.
when I did the same today, I was shocked, pleasantly though, when I saw 143 views because in days when I don’t post, the number of views would be between 20 and 40.
And when i looked at the posts that got the maximum views it was a post that I wrote in May 2012 titled “All Words, No Action” and it had 128 views. It just didn’t make any sense until I saw the source of the traffic.
There were 138 views referred by Search engines of which 128 was for a search phrase “New Year’s Resolutions”. That particular post was about our unwillingness to stick to the new year resolutions and so there was some connect.
So, what I am taking on from this experience?
a. We can only do our bit in terms of writing and at best letting the world know about it via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google + etc. What happens thereafter is totally beyond our control.
b. The life of a post is as long as it is indexed and shows up. Just because I wrote a post last year does not mean that it will not have any readership. In fact, my posts on Sandhyavandanam or Booking Tatkal tickets have regularly and repeatedly got views (including today) even though they are not recent. In fact, the Sandyavandanam post was written in September 2010!!
c. Our own views about our posts may have no correlation with the reception they receive. For example, I wrote a post on Kannadasan’s immortal lines “Ninaipadhellam Nadandhu Vittal” and I thought it was a fab post that will have a viral effect. To my dismay, there weren’t many views for that. Likewise, I thought I will ride on the Kolaveri Di bandwagon with my satirical post “Thalaivari da” and again I was disappointed. This can also be taken as a corollary a as above.
d. Be prepared for the unexpected, either compliments or brickbats.