Last week I came up with the great idea of preparing my blog posts for the AtoZChallenge. I could write one each way on my commute to work. Not only did it mean I was being productive, and organized for once, but it also meant I could put off writing fiction for a little bit longer.
So I did, and I got two weeks’ worth of posts written up and saved as drafts on my blog.
But then, I noticed something strange. I am not saying that this was a direct result, but it certainly raised some questions in my mind.
My stars for the posts on the challenge dropped. By that, I mean they as good as halved.
Now, this could easily be because the posts just were not very good, and that nobody felt inclined to click the links. However, the naming convention I used for these posts is the same as I have used for all of the other posts.
I shared them all in exactly the same way and through the same channels as always, yet still, the viewing figures dropped. One day I barely got 20 hits.
I am not bothered by this, I gave up obsessing about stats a while ago. It just struck me as strange. The drop was so sudden and in time with my adjusted posting technique.
I cannot think of anything that would cause it, but who knows how the gods of the machine work.
My scheduled posts are even going live at the same time as my manual posts do. It is interesting and gives me something to play around with. I am interested in seeing how today’s post does and my scheduled posts for next week. Monday and Tuesday are already drafted, while Wednesday and Thursday have been written, but are still just word documents ready to be pasted into the blog.
I wonder what will happen.
I have had other issues with the WordPress stat counter in recent weeks. One post had five lives, but zero views according to the site. Which seems very odd to me, but then again, maybe I am just crazy.
Have you had any strange things like this with your blog? I would be interested to know.