The number of views on my blog is down from last month and way down from the month before.  Last month it really bothered me, but this month I am completely ambivalent.  So what has made the difference in my views and my attitude?

Well the decrease in views has a lot to do with my approach to my blog.  I have stopped trying to bring in viewers.  Don’t get me wrong…I still want views and I love when I get a big spike in views, but I am not actively courting them any more.  No contests, no attempts to sound like I know what I’m doing when it comes to writing, and no filler just for the sake of drawing attention.

Why the attitude change?  Well last month I saw my productivity drop significantly.  I had received views but at the cost of making progress on my writing.  I went from an average of 660 words per day in March to less than 350 in April.  I had been sacrificing progress on my WIP in favor of views.

So what did I do?  I stopped trying to get people to come to my blog and refocused myself on the writing.  As a result I have gotten my word count back above my goal of 500 words per day and that is all on my WIP not on blobs or anything else.  I am pleased with the work and it is coming easily which is a refreshing change.

I am happy with where I am right now and if my views stay around 20 per day I can live with that…at least until I’m ready for publishing.

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  1. Aj b33m3R

    Yup, that’s the problem with this whole blogging thing. Anything that keeps you from writing, keeps you from writing. That’s why I refuse to Twitter, it would be just another way to procrastinate and waste time, that and the fact that on one really wants to hear what I have to think during the day. Hell, I don’t even want to hear what I have to think during the day.

    The blog does keep me warmed up though. And after a month of doing it I find myself spending less time on creating a blog post. The writing flow a bit easier now, so when I sit down to write my fiction I find that it flows a bit easier now too. But I do need to spend more time writing my fiction than blogging, and gaming, and sleeping, and eating… OH bugger, I have to go exercise today to…

    1. Eric Swett

      I still us twitter, but not as much as I used to. It is a distraction and quite frankly my “free” time is so limited that it often falls to the wayside. That being said, I have made some good friends while trying to promote my work via twitter so it has not been a complete waste. I’m just in a place right now where any promotion of my work will have to be completely organic since I can’t write and put in the time and effort to self promote. So, like I said, self promotion is on hold until the novel gets ready to drop.

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