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Trolls and Statistics!

This week has been a real eye opener for me in terms of the blogosphere. I have had a really busy week so have not been part of the twitter discussions as much as I would have liked but I have been taking a peek here and there and witnessing what has been going on.
The first revelation has been that of so called trolls. I think I may have been a little naïve in that I have believed almost everything written that I have read because why would anyone want to lie? It has made me ponder over the persona that I put across. On critical self analysis I feel that is it a genuine reflection of me. When I meet some of you at #cybermummy 11 I hope I am not a let down in anyway.
The idea of fake persona has forced my hand in writing this post. I have been referring to many of the people on twitter and that I blog with on a regular basis as ‘friends’ to my husband. Well there is not really another term for you lovely people is there? I also hope in most cases that this will develop to be true and #cybermummy will be the first officials meet up.  As ‘friends’ I feel I need to be honest with how I feel, otherwise I am not being true to myself and this is on the topic of statistics!
Let me make it clear that I don’t get them! I have no real idea how they work or what each of them mean. I had set up wikio score and don’t even know if it works because it asked me to put in my RSS feed ULR and I think I might have made it up, as I did not really know what it was. (If anyone can help with this I would be grateful!)
Anyhow, what I do get about stats and scores is that some are top and some that are lower down the scale. It has been really interesting this week. I say this because there have been number of posts about starting up a blog or blogging for beginners. As a newbie myself I have been reading up on these. All of them state more of less that you should blog for you and not get caught up in the stats wars! Seem simple enough, except this week when the Tots 100 list came out I have never seen so much commotion.
I am not asking you to apologise for this. Personally I think it is human nature to want to succeed and do well. So I feel that there are conflicting messages because clearly stats and scorings actually do seem to count and matter.
I totally agree that when you write it should be for enjoyment, it should not become a chore and it should not interfere in your life in a way that is detrimental to your family, and I can also see how easy this could happen. What I don’t get is someone not wanting to do well? If this is the case they why put yourself on the scoring lists? If stats don’t matter, why does it matter what place you are?
Personally for me, it is a sense of achievement if things move up. It does add to my sense of satisfaction, and I would lying to say that it didn’t. I don’t check stats everyday, I don’t really know what I am looking for, but I love it when I get a comment, it makes me feel that people not only have read my post but hopefully liked it enough to say something. I don’t understand why this is wrong?
I was also upset this week because I noticed another fairly new blogger had done exceptionally well this month and I wanted to shout congratulations from the roofs tops, and yet felt it was awkward to. I found that from the comments I was reading this blogger almost had to apologise for how the system worked. Why should she not be allowed to receive credit where credit is due?
In conclusion I believe that it is human nature to want to be good at something. I kind of feel that if you wanted a space to just write for your self, you could do it on word or in a diary, put it in the drawer, therapy done. The fact that we want others to read it is why we put it in a blog and personally I find this even more cathartic, because I enjoy the feedback.
I am not going to go into a depression if my stats are crap, there are far more reasons why I do write, and there are too many external influences that can affect your stats, like going on holiday for one thing! I also feel that if I was not that impressed with my score I just would not show it, and that it the thing, if you are not in the 100 list they don’t show where you are, it is personal, so you don’t have to reveal it. However I also don’t feel you should have to justify feeling happy if you do well or let down if you have a bad month. I think these feelings are natural. I do think we support those that we are enjoying and reading and who are doing well and they should not be made to feel as if it is not a justified reward. Otherwise what is the point of the score lists?
Please let me know what you think, should stats matter? Should we have score lists if they don’t? Whatever you think, you have to agree that there are mixed messages!
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15 comments to Trolls and Statistics!

  • Inside the Wendy House

    Great post and something I can totally relate to…I felt guilty this month because my blog jumped to #52 on my 3rd month in the rankings. I so really proud because it was a validation that my blog is being well received. I was very happy, but kept a bit of a lid on my celebrations because there was such an outcry on Twitter!!! I don't really get stats…can't get wikio to find me although I'm sure I put in my details!! Everything does end up boiling down to a popularity contest…but that is the world we live in. I'll enjoy my moment of glory (albeit quietly!) and fully expect to nose dive next month and promise not to complain on Twitter which will make other people who have done well feel bad! Look forward to meeting you at Cybermummy! xxx

  • Mummy's Little Monkey

    That is exceptionally good advice! I think people get a bit caught up in stats when they first start out, but the longer you blog the more you realise that all that really matters is that YOU feel you're putting out an honest, interesting and fulfilling blog for yourself and your readers. x

  • multiplemummy

    Mummy's little monkey,

    Thank you, was nervous putting this post out but it is how I feel. x

    Inside the Wendy House,

    You should feel really proud! Well done you and well deserved! It should not have to go unnoticed! x

  • The Domestic Anarchist

    This is a great post and very well put. I don't get the stats things and sometimes get a bit overwhelmed if not a bit scared by how serious and competitive people get about blogging.

    I added my details to the tots100 and got my first ranking of #562 I was rather chuffed considering I've only be at it 7-8 weeks and still very much on the peripheries. Like yourself I blog because I have things to say, like to share and engage in dialogue. It's also nice to know that others read what you have to say and like what they see, for me this very much about people commenting on your posts, it makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

    Another thing I find about social media is that in real life I'm not shy adult, although, I was a painfully shy child but I do find it difficult to get involved in the whole twitter thing. I've always not liked to impose myself on other people and so I do find it hard to get involved.

    I also noticed some talk of trolls and must say it sounds all very weird to me and a bit futile. I think you've raised some important points here and I think this is going to become more relevant as the lead up to mads is upon us.

    Personally, I'm just grateful that anyone takes the time to visit and comment on my blog, anything else is just a bonus xxx

  • Mummy and the Beastie

    What a great post after the Tots100 malarky. I looked at my new rank and thought oh rubbish, but then I looked at my score which had gone up quite a bit and felt better (not really sure about the scoring!). Now I see everyone gets a bit uptight about it I realised that it really shouldn't be taken that seriously. I would much rather that I know I have a dedicated group of readers, giving feedback and vice versa. Let's keep it about the nice things in life and not about competition xx

    Ps. Now come on where is your list? am intrigued…

  • Justine

    God I have'nt got a clue? I don't really blog alot, and it is part of my web site for little Bugs Boutique so I don't know if I even get picked up by anything.
    If I did I think I would be happy, comments are great I dont get many, but ones that are'nt trying to sell me vigria are great.
    In would love to go to Cyber Mummy next year and learn more but sadly no funds.
    If you get any tips, or words of wisdom please share.
    P.S I can be nothing but my self, spelling and grammar mistakes as well, thats just me xxx

  • MuMuGB

    As a newbie and for what it's worth, I think that you are doing really well! And if blogging makes us happy, it can't be that bad…for the records, I am ranked 908th on tot100 this month!

  • Anna

    This is a great post and reflects a lot of what I feel too as a fellow newbie, except that my total lack of knowledge of anything technical and not finding much time for networking means that my Tots score was horrendous and I constantly find myself feeling envious of how pretty and up-to-date other newbie blogs are. So I've been feeling pretty mixed up about it all and wondering whether to even carry on blogging! But then I had 2 comments (not written on my blog but via text) from friends of a friend, saying how much they enjoy it and how it's helped them, and that made me realise that as long as someone other than myself (or my mum) is reading and enjoying my blog then it's worth it despite the terrible score and lack of any PR interest! Anyway, well done you on your score and on your blog in general it's always an enyoable read x

  • Michelle Twin Mum

    Hello lovely,

    I think your feed would be http://www.multiplemummy.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default

    Irank pretty well but then I have been blogging for a while now. MLM is so right when she says that those who have been blogging longer generally do not get so het up. You can jump up and down so quickly, that it all needs to be taken with a pinch of salt.

    I did not network for about the first 2 years of my blog. Only started to have some PR interest last Sept time. It seems to me that some newbies expect to do well really quickly and get shirty when they do not. It is not about how you compare to others but about how you feel about your own blog and how your blog is doing month on month (that is if your aim is growth).

    You are doing a great job Kerry and you will nto be letting anyone down at CM – see you there. Mich x

  • multiplemummy

    Michelle,

    I think you are absolutely right, it is about personal progression and not comparrison with others! I can however understand why there were feelings of disappointment, as people like psitive feedback and praise. It is reasurring to know yknow that your blog is a success from a few years of fun hard work. x

    Domestic Anarchist, Mummy and the Beastie, MuMuGB and Justine,

    I totally understand I how you feel! I think as newbies we all have to support one another by reading and commenting. x

  • helloitsgemma

    Kerry, if you want to congratulate someone for doing well in the tots then do so. No one should have to apologise.
    Tots is about lots of things, not just stats, every month there seems to be more and more of a commotion.
    I feel very bad for the people who combine the list, a lot of work and of course you can't keep everyone happy all of the time, but some responses are quite shocking.
    Blogging should be about a space for the person, not about keeping PR's happy. good for you for raising this subject

  • The Real Supermum

    Well I for one love your blog and to be honest read it every other day x Just keep doing what your doing x I stopped trying to make everyone happy & like me & now feel so much better for dropping the I must fit in and follow certain rules malarky x I blog because I enjoy it x

  • SAHMlovingit

    Right, now I've read it and I understand your tweet. What a great post. I don't want to drag it all up again but Gemma is right, I felt sorry for Sally at Tots as she took a lot of abuse the day the rankings were published. I sat in shock at some of the comments xx

  • Mummy and the Beastie

    What a great post after the Tots100 malarky. I looked at my new rank and thought oh rubbish, but then I looked at my score which had gone up quite a bit and felt better (not really sure about the scoring!). Now I see everyone gets a bit uptight about it I realised that it really shouldn't be taken that seriously. I would much rather that I know I have a dedicated group of readers, giving feedback and vice versa. Let's keep it about the nice things in life and not about competition xx

    Ps. Now come on where is your list? am intrigued…

  • The Domestic Anarchist

    This is a great post and very well put. I don't get the stats things and sometimes get a bit overwhelmed if not a bit scared by how serious and competitive people get about blogging.

    I added my details to the tots100 and got my first ranking of #562 I was rather chuffed considering I've only be at it 7-8 weeks and still very much on the peripheries. Like yourself I blog because I have things to say, like to share and engage in dialogue. It's also nice to know that others read what you have to say and like what they see, for me this very much about people commenting on your posts, it makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

    Another thing I find about social media is that in real life I'm not shy adult, although, I was a painfully shy child but I do find it difficult to get involved in the whole twitter thing. I've always not liked to impose myself on other people and so I do find it hard to get involved.

    I also noticed some talk of trolls and must say it sounds all very weird to me and a bit futile. I think you've raised some important points here and I think this is going to become more relevant as the lead up to mads is upon us.

    Personally, I'm just grateful that anyone takes the time to visit and comment on my blog, anything else is just a bonus xxx

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