In January ’17 I wrote an article about my 2016 Stats and I thought I should do a 2.0 edition, with my statistics overlay of 2017.
2017 has been a year with a lot of ups and downs personally but also blog-wise. The blog changed a lot in 2017, content-wise and layout-wise. I switched from blogging in Dutch to English – although I still have a lot of Dutch articles I need to translate haha -, changed my article headers, added new items to the blog and much more. There were a lot of times I felt really down, wanted to quit with all of it. Just take the blog offline and step away from everything book-related online and that ended up with me not posting anything for a while. Until I found my love for blogging back and switched to English blogging. But my mood swings went on and of throughout the year with periods of time where I didn’t post much. So whereas I was thinking in 2016 about how curious I was for the possible growth in 2017, in the end, I held myself back a lot because I didn’t do all of the things I’d wanted to do with the blog in 2017. But that’s okay. I don’t want to ‘push’ myself anymore and I just want to do what I Can WHEN I can and feel like it, and nothing more. It is what it is, right?
Despite the fact that I didn’t publish consistently and a lot of the items I’d wanted to post stayed in draft-modus, I can’t say I’m not happy with my statistics of 2017. I found out that a lot of readers from before my Dutch-to-English-switch stayed around, some readers were lost but I also gained new foreign readers, for which I’m very thankful. I can’t wait to see what 2018 has in store for me, blog-wise. Ever since switching to English blogging, I’ve met so many new and awesome people, found a couple of new favorite blogs to read and follow as well and came in contact with a lot of awesome authors, even more so than before. I can only hope to continue like this in 2018 and if I manage to grow it’s just a nice addition to my already loveable blog-status.
In comparison to 2016 my viewer stats have slowed down a bit at times – which is understandable, given my periods of time of not posting haha – but they are picking up lately and I’m almost back to what I used to be; posting on a daily base and continue to work out my drafts and new ideas for the blog. I feel better with the new layouts; I’ve switched between Themes a lot ever since I started blogging, but I finally found a theme that was to my liking on almost every front. I bought PREMIUM for my current theme after a while so I could adjust things like Typography and such, which I was missing in the free version and really wanted to add to the blog. English blogging is something I REALLY LOVE doing, so that’s definitely something I’ll remain doing in the future as well – I do hope you forgive me my grammar faults every now and then though haha. English isn’t my native language but I love the language so much, so I really want to continue writing in English and learn more about using the language and correct my faults in the future.
Back on track… Statistics!
It’s not like I live for my statistics you know? but I have Google Analytics and my WordPress statistics, so I just like to look them up from time to time. I don’t look at them as much as I did before, especially because I haven’t been publishing consistently for most of the year, but it’s just a lot of fun to see which articles are being read the most and such. It’s nice to see a growth in follower numbers, things like that. But.. I first and foremost blog for myself; So I can share my love for books and put it out in ‘the open’ and connect with others, and absolutely not to get nice statistics – that’s just a bonus! I mean, I’m nowhere near the stats of a lot of fellow bloggers and that’s okay. I just blog for fun and for the love of books and I just like looking at my stats. I know a lot of people don’t look at their stats at all, which is okay. But the fact that I’m looking at them, doesn’t mean I’m just all about stats as well. It is nice though to see if there’s growth, what people like reading most on the blog and just see my hard work in numbers and there’s nothing wrong with looking into that I think. It sometimes helps to motivate me to try new stuff and such. Do you often look into your statistics? Love to hear!
– Facebook volgers: 311
– twitter volgers:365
– Bookstagram volgers: 1181
– bloglovin volgers: 86
– Facebook volgers: 486
– twitter volgers: 529
– Bookstagram volgers: 1986
– bloglovin volgers: 155
I think my increase in followers went really well, especially seeing that I’ve had my share fare of periods when I was inactive.
Facebook has always had a steady increase in getting new likes. I try to use my Facebook account as much as I do Instagram aside from posting my blog articles on it. I love interacting with other people and Facebook is a really great way to do this! I did notice though that the increase in likes often goes at a slower pace when I’m not doing giveaways – haven’t done one in a while – but I want my Facebook to be active because of people liking me and the blog for who I am, not for what I do; a lot of giveaways. So I’m quite proud of the number of likes now and to also see there are even several well-known authors who like my page as well, just freaking awesome – definitely, a fangirl dream coming true! I can’t wait to use Facebook more actively this year and increase my interaction with you guys there.
I have to be honest, I’m still not very active on Twitter. I’ve had periods in which I was more active, but at the moment it’s only active when new blog articles are being published – which automatically is posted on Twitter as well. With all those awesome platforms out there, like Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and so on it’s just impossible to give every platform the same amount of attention. Twitter has always been a platform in which I was the least active I think. I’m hoping to be a bit more active on it this year though because Twitter is such a busy platform, especially book-wise.
I’m currently trying to be somewhat more active on Instagram again. Even before I started my blog, I was already quite active on Instagram, so that’s definitely something I want to continue doing, hopefully increasing my photo quality in the future. I still haven’t found ‘my thing’ yet but I’m sure it’ll happen someday, lol. I love being active in the Bookstagram world and have found many beautiful and awesome bookstagrammers through it. Can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring me to this platform!
And I’m really happy about the follower increase on Bloglovin because getting bloglovin followers has been really hard for me, although I don’t know why haha. But seeing the increase of 2017 I’ve actually got nothing to complain about I guess haha. It is only my second year now since I started blogging so I’m just already really happy with the followers I now got. But if you know any way of how to increase BL followers? to promote your bloglovin? I’d love to hear! I have a feeling I’m missing out on something, lol.
Blog Statistics from
January 1st, 2017 – January 1st, 2018
Unique Visitor Count: 14.859
So yeah, I definitely can’t complain about my stats, right? On March 2nd, 2018 I’ll celebrate my 2nd blogaversiry, so seeing this is only my second year of blogging, I REALLY can’t complain 🙂 And I know blogging isn’t about the statistics, at least not when you’re doing it for fun like I do. But I just love seeing increases in my follower stats, meeting new people because of this, new people to share my love for books with. I love seeing which articles are best visited on the blog, which often gives me inspiration and motivation to continue doing a particular article, etc. And I know not everyone keeps track of their statistics and it’s something I haven’t been doing in quite a while now myself as well, but I was quite curious to see how the blog did statistically in 2017. I know, from all the awesome reply’s I received on articles and likes and love and such, that I’m a very happy blogger and I feel blessed with you guys! Seeing the stats is just a bonus ♥
I can’t believe all those readers find my blog on the world wide web among so many other bloggers but somehow they do and they often even return, so thank you for that. I just love to connect with all of you, share my love for books and ‘meet’ fellow bookworms.