Just wanted to record for myself a milestone the blog has reached – a million page views. Somehow this arbitrary number makes me happy. I know it’s just numbers but I tend to get obsessed with stats. Started in mid February 2011 and wanted to remember 29.12.2012. It was kind of a resolution for 2012 so I’m really pleased about it.
Amidst all the other huge failures in my life this is a small success. Never imagined that I would be able to reach it before the year ended, but I was hoping terribly that I would.
Don’t exactly feel as joyous as I thought I would as I know informative posts can gather a lot of hits so it felt like I was kinda cheating. Also it’s page views and not visitors. For unique visitors I have about half the number.
Perhaps it’s not a secret at all, but posting frequently and regularly will keep your traffic up. Of course the content can’t be rubbish (sometimes mine is more boring than usual when I force the writing – sorry), but people tend to feel disappointed when they visit a blog that hasn’t been updated for weeks. I try not to let a whole week go by without posting but make an exception when on holiday.
I am prouder of the more personal posts as opposed to the mostly informative touristy ones. Posts written at moments of despair or moments of utter joy. This space was intended to be a diary after all and for a kind of artistic expression. I feel more grateful for posts like the one about my panic attacks where others who suffer from the same know they are not alone. By telling me about their struggle they help me too. And I just hope that I dispelled a bit of the stigma with my small confession. I hope I can write more meaningful personal posts as well as the more superficial helpful ones about Singapore’s fun aspects. But by using the word superficial I already reveal what kind of writing I value more.