Basically nobody reads my blog.
And literally no one has ever left a comment on any of my posts (not even a spam bot 😀🙌/😕❔).
I started my blog 17 months ago, and I've made at least one post every single month ever since. And still: I have had less than 400 views total. In 17 months.
Long story short:
My website: 🦗
Do you know how much that bothers me?!??
Not one bit.
Actually, I haven't promoted my website like... at all. And I haven't put any particular effort into optimizing it for viewership, either... so it really comes at no surprise.
Here's a screenshot of my Google Analytics:
If you don't understand the screenshot above, it basically says that since my first post (17 months ago):
- my website has gotten 375 views and
- 81% of the time... people who came to my website only looked at 1 page.
To be fair, these views don't count my own (except for a few times when I was testing to make sure Google Analytics was working (it was)) and they don't count a (probably) small number of people that block tracking software explicitly.
The most action jacobmarciniec.com has ever seen in a single day is a whopping 22 views.
I Still Consider My Blog A Wild Success.
17 months is not a long time... but based on purely anecdotal evidence, I have a strong feeling that a lot of people have put a lot less time, effort, and commitment into something, and have given up or been disappointed because they expected a lot more than... 375 views after 17 months.
But I didn't expect bigger results. I knew this blog wasn't going to be popular.
I didn't build this blog to be popular.
I didn't expect any views.
I literally expected 0 views.
... And that's why I'm not at all disappointed that my blog is "not performing well" by most peoples' standards — if anything, I'm thrilled that anybody other than myself has read a single word of it (even if they did so on accident)!
My "0 expectations" approach is also why I'm still pumped to continue making posts. I'm not doing it for views. I'm doing it for me.
Even the smallest hope that someone, somewhere, someday might read this and possibly find even one thing on my website helpful or useful to them in even some tiny tiny way... gives me a mad rush that I love perpetuating.
Just the fact that you are reading this text right now makes me super happy (thanks, you 😉).
I Don't Care If I Never Get Famous.
I've talked about this before (that I don't care about the views, I just want to be historically accurate in case I end up being rich and famous one day), now I'm just trying to drive the idea home.
This blog is where I share my recent thoughts. I know that for as long as I'm not famous/popular, it won't be either... and I'm prepared for that to take 5, 10 or even many more years.
I'm even prepared for it never to get popular.
The point of this blog and what I'm trying to do in just about every aspect of my life is not to be popular... it's to make me feel good.
This blog is a place where I, my future kids, my great great grand kids, and anyone in the world that gives even the smallest damn about me can pop in to see where my mind was at any given time.
So thank you. Thank you for being here. Thank you for reading this post. Thank you for giving the smallest damn about me. It means a lot to me!
Cheers to you! 🍻
P.S. Seriously? Not even a spam bot?