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I am not maths oriented, I feel mystified, confused and frustrated by numbers and I can neither see the patterns they present nor bend them to my will. It has taken me many years to learn to use Excel with any basic understanding and yet I know people who find joy from creating spreadsheets. When my OH shows me how he puts numbers in and an ‘answer’ comes out – providing a prediction of how much we should budget for a month or the trajectory of savings plus interest into our golden years, I start glazing over and feeling itchy with irritation because I don’t understand.
I know statistics have a value. Where I see and understand them best is reading the analytics of my site. Which stories of mine, aside from whatever is the latest post, are getting most hits? I want to know what draws people to my site, or what topics or tags they frequently use to filter my content.
As a writer, most of my posts have words. Even when I am responding to a prompt which only requires a picture, I accompany the image with words.
Statistics show that the average time visitors spend on my site is 2.14 minutes, fine for admiring a picture, but not quite long enough to read a post / story. From this information I consider should I make my pieces shorter? Would serialising more of my fiction help? I can make shorter episodes, but will readers engage enough to follow the series to its conclusion? Consider my author’s ego! I want my work to be read to its conclusion.
I get notification when a new person subscribes to my blog, I can see on Twitter when someone follows me, I wish I could get the information on what attracted them so I could ensure I delivered more of ‘that’. Yet, the creative muse is a whimsical thing, I cannot always write to prompt or keep within the confines of specified wordcount.
Flash fiction which allows 500 words I can manage, keeping it under 100, while creating a whole story is tough! If you follow the Smut Marathon you’ll see how being unable to fit a story within such confines weeds people out. Contributors to ‘Story in 12’ (a hashtag on Twitter) I salute these guys.
Here are [Statistically] the Top Posts on my blog this week:
Recently Posted /Linked to memes:
The Breadcrumb Tale (Part 1 of 3)
Second Place (for Friday Flash)
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