I’ve noticed a trend in my stats for my blog on WordPress during the last six months. Followers are slowly still increasing but average daily views and monthly total views for the last six months are diminishing. You’ll notice a blip upward in December of 2019 when one of my posts really took off. That particular month is far from the norm so you can basically disregard it. This first screen capture is my average daily views. Note that from 2019 throughout most of 2020 they steadily increased but starting in October of 2020 they have started to decline and the pattern is holding.
This screen capture is for my monthly total averages for views. You’ll notice that from 2019 throughout most of 2020 they steadily increased but starting in October of 2020 they have started to diminish. Disregard the big blip in Dec of 2019, that was an oddity and no where near the norm.
The bottom line is that for the last six months, even though the number of followers have steadily increased, the actual number of views is decreasing. The average daily views and the monthly average views correlate correctly, which obviously makes sense.
Stats can be misleading if all factors are not identified but in this particular situation the observation that readers are viewing less than previously, starting from about six months ago, would appear to be a supported observation. I’m just curious if you are finding the same results in your WordPress stats. Please note that these screen captures where taken on the 5th of April so the stats for Apr are not complete for the month. It’s also interesting to note that the diminishment is gradual leading up to the actual diminishment.
The question that I put out is why? Now I am guessing what we are seeing is the residual effects of the Corona Virus on the general world populace plus quite possibly the continual negative effects of the numerous divisions of opinions on a wide range of topics that many hold. The year 2020 was not an easy ride for anyone and current tendencies for 2021 do not appear to be altering the continuing trend. If I was to make a guesstimate I would surmise that people in general are modifying their viewing habits and exposing themselves to fewer external sources of information. I know I have done this myself and many of you have already indicated the same.
I look on my Christian Apologetics blog as a form of discipline to help keep me on track. I view other Christian blogs for encouragement and fellowship and to continue learning, as I walk with Jesus. And in spite of the occasional speed bump that we may infrequently encounter, all things considered, I find the positives far outweigh the negatives and I am grateful for the friendships and fellowship that encourages me on most days.
I’ve also noticed that a good number of the countries that are predominantly Muslim or atheistic have people who view this blog. We’re talking about United Arab Emirates, Turkey, China, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan, Iraq, Kuwait and Oman, to name but a few. That’s really amazing when you stop to think about it. And those of us who are Christians, in one way or another, are preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And considering that I am just one small voice, who knows what the total effect of all of our combined witnesses is achieving to further the Great Commission that Jesus gave us.
So in spite of the downward trend, the need is still there and as long as we have the opportunity and means whereby, we can further the spreading of the Good News of Jesus Christ, we should continue to do so.
I’d appreciate those of you who are on WordPress to check your stats and let me know if my findings are similar to yours, if you get the chance. No rush, anytime within the next twenty four hours is fine! 😊 (Joking).
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!