Some Interesting Stats

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!

53 comments

  1. Interesting. I’m amazed at the number of views you have had, particularly the views from predominantly Muslim and atheist countries.

    I have never checked my viewer stats in all my years of blogging. And no, I’m not going to check my stats now. Why? I dunno. Just weird, I guess. 😀

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    • Hi Linda, no problem at all. It’s not even important, I was just curious. I’ve learned over time that when a woman says no, it means we are not having a discussion. Cased closed. I have scars. 🙂 Blessings!

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      • Actually, now that I think about it, having scars isn’t funny. I assumed you were kidding. I hope you were!

        Thinking more about the stats thing: for me, I think it’s a matter of stage fright. Or afraid I will look at my stats and hear crickets.

        I haven’t been to bed yet and it’s 3:30 in the morning. So if I’m not making much sense, please excuse.

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      • Yes I was kidding although I have been known to use the tactic of being emotionally wounded by my wife but that doesn’t work either. 🙂 I understand, those crickets can be nasty! Go get your head down!

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      • I’m going to jump in for Linda, (she will correct me if I am wrong) primarily she prefers not to, which is obviously her call. In the big scheme of things, it probably lessens the impulse to modify or change what one posts, which I can also understand.

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      • Oh that, I get it. I had it at the beginning too. But once I began responding to the initial comments I received on my blog, my confidence grew along the way. And thanks to the moderation function on WordPress comment, it is up to you which comment to allow or not to allow.

        I know you didn’t ask for my advice, but I think it’s okay to allow comments on your blog. You will come to appreciate the engagement you will have with your readers.

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  2. I found your viewer stats intresting Bruce. I have only been blogging devotions since early 2020, I have seen a steady increase in numbers until a huge jump up in readers in October 2020 (500+). My numbers still increase at present which I praise God for, it is His work. An interesting stat I have noticed is how popular one post is in particular, “Prayer Warriors Still Required.” It’s 1st version was my most read post, and this 2nd version has bettered that. I find this encouraging, it shows there is a hunger for prayer and closeness to God in these hard times.

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    • Thanks Alan, the number of followers on my blog is also increasing but the actual number of views is declining which is kind of interesting, but like you said, there remains a hunger for God in these hard times. Thank you for checking, sincerely appreciated. Blessings!

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  3. What if it’s more than that? What if it isn’t the selection of the people, rather wordpress suppressing you?? Sorry I’m skeptical in this day and age.
    Wow you have some awesome numbers either way you look at it.

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  4. Bruce, not all readers read from WordPress. If they get the emails, they may just stay there and not go into WordPress. I’ve seen similar “streaks” of increased followers and decreased views but it seems many “new” followers do not post often, so if they are reading my posts, they are doing so through email. Peace to you.

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    • Hi Tim, yes I am aware of that but it still shows a general trend. I guess the key word there would be “general”. Thanks for taking the time to comment, sincerely appreciated! Blessings.

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  5. Bruce, I see that my average monthly views dipped from 5.9K from Jan to Nov 2020 to 4.9K the last four months. I may be totally off-base, but I’m guessing that at least some of that drop is related to my commentary critical of Christian nationalism and the misguided views of many evangelicals regarding the pandemic and vaccinations.

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    • Hard to say Tom, it also could be part of a “general” decline in people actually viewing the articles too. Most of my articles aren’t critical, key word there being “most”, and I am also seeing a general decline in views but followers are slowly increasing. On the other hand, it’s definitely possible that some don’t like the critical comments. Either way it’s not going to affect what I post and I would assume that goes with you also. Not to worry! Blessings Tom!

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      • RE: Either way it’s not going to affect what I post and I would assume that goes with you also.

        That’s right, Bruce. I won’t keep quiet about Christian nationalism idolatry or the conspiracy-fueled thinking regarding the pandemic and the vaccines. Blessings to you!

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      • I hear ya, my wife and I got our first vaccine shots yesterday, no side effects whatsoever. Well. my disposition didn’t improve but I don’t think that would count as a side effect. 🙂

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      • My wife already had her second shot (because she’s 65, I had to wait because I’m 64) but my second shot is coming up in two weeks. I’m actually thankful for the delay because the scheduling process improved dramatically. She had to get her shots 70 miles away while I booked mine at one of our local drug stores.

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  6. Going by what I saw from your stats, you are not doing bad at all. So don’t feel discouraged by the declining numbers. Only heaven will reveal the total impact of your posts.

    Generally speaking, one cause of declining monthly views is reduction in the number of posts per month. But I don’t know if that applies in your case…

    I have checked my stats as you requested. (Actually, I’m one of those bloggers who check their stats regularly). What I found is that my monthly views have been on the upward trend in the past 12 months. But I noticed a decline in the number of new followers per week/month.

    I have also had some unsubscriptions from a few people. But it’s okay. I’m not discouraged. I will continue to write as long as the Lord gives me grace.

    Remain blessed.

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  7. I rarely look at my stats. I get less than half of the views that you get. They increased up to October. They also dropped from October to February, like yours, but they picked up in March. I attribute some of that to the Presidential election in the US, but who knows?

    Most of my followers began following over a year ago. Some of them are no longer active, but they still count as followers. It looks like I get under 100 views a day. The number of views is more telling of readership than the number of followers. Even those who view do not necessarily read much of the post.

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    • Hi Frank, I agree, there are a lot of variables in there and at best, it “might” be indicative of a general trend. Key word being “might”. Nothing to get tied in a knot over for sure. Thank you for taking the time to comment, sincerely appreciated. Blessings!

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  8. My site is not on par with yours. It is not as much my intent to create content as to provide links to content. Bible Study and the need for access to tools is in demand. The thing I find interesting is repeat visitors from places where Christianity is not the norm, Bible Study is frowned upon and persecution is the reality. I get the most hits from China, Russia, India, The Middle East and Africa. A few interesting hits: France, Italy, Germany and Israel.

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    • Hi Dave, I agree, the focus of your blog can definitely affect the following. I get a lot of views on my “Christian Resources” page also. What is encouraging is the views from countries where Christianity is frowned upon etc. China really surprises me because they control what their populace can view, but as in everything, there are always ways to get around that if one is tech savy. Thanks for commenting, sincerely appreciated. Blessings!

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    • It has been my experience that few people are interested in reading internet communications unless there is a huge amount of neon to their name. I have been struggling with my blog to get followers. And because of that, I slacked off the last few months. Only a few friends cared to comment and/or clicked a “like” on my posts. Tweeter is useless to the Christian world. I got off in 2020. I’m not on Facebook, but will be so when my publisher launches my new book in July. I do experience Christian love and caring with those I follow. I believe we are a small army of warriors fighting the evil that has become ramped in our world this past year or so. One of my biggest concerns is the CHURCH. I see in my own church a lack of dignity and reverence, like the mainstream culture has invaded it. Although Christ is being preached from the pulpit, there is an underlying element of lack in both organization, reverence, and responsibility. Maybe I’m sour for no reason, but I am honest when I look at the CHURCH and see how it has become over-all so much like Laodicea…”because you are neither cold or hot, but lukewarm I will spew you out of My mouth”. There is definitely a marked change in response from people, both in the CHURCH and in Christian blogging and writing.

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      • Hi Mary, I’d have a tendency to agree with you from a general perspective. But like you have indicated, there is a smaller core who do strive to emulate Jesus when interacting with others and they do have a tendency to not get drawn into the personal attacks. Sometimes it’s not only what you say but also how you say it that can be important. Mutual respect is or should be the common denominator but it can be challenging. Thank you for taking the time to comment, sincerely appreciated. Blessings!

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  9. Hi Bruce. I always wonder about these things, but I’m afraid I can’t offer much. I attribute much to people being extremely fickle. I have had readers who looked at everything I wrote, then they simply disappeared. Must have been something I wrote that disagreed with them.

    I, too, however, read far less than I used to. Just busier overall and don’t have as much time to read blogs. I think some of your proposed scenarios makes sense.

    How’s that for much said with little content??

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    • I think you’re pretty bang on David, was just looking to see if others were getting the same trend that I did and not everyone does, so …. so much for that theory! Thanks for commenting David, sincerely appreciated. Blessings!

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  10. Hi, Bruce. I’ve noticed a larger spike in views from people in the Middle East over the past year, on my site.

    I wrote a post, entitled “Seven Ways To Please God,” in March 2016, which initially got very few views. All of the sudden this one post has been averaging 40 views a day since July 2020.

    As another commenter said earlier in this thread, we truly will not know the full impact of our Blogs until we reach Heaven.

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  11. I’m also one of those that don’t check my stats much. I do look once in a while but usually it’s because I have a notification that leads me there. Going to have to do some research on this. I have noticed that my followers have dissipated quite a bit but I kind of feel like this is my fault because I have not been posting as much. And I know my views are down but again I feel like this might be my fault. I’m going to look into this again get back to you! Either way I appreciate you bringing this to my attention!

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  12. My curiosity led me to look up some of my statistics. Being I post about 40 times a year between two blogs the dynamics of blog stats are way different then those who post daily and have a lot of followers I have very few followers but get some good and fun comments. I appreciate yours Bruce.
    Both blogs have steady growth since I retired last June. I have not written any more but maybe my attention to some of the details in learning the craft of writing has helped as well as my own personal growth.

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    • I can definitely testify to your ability to wordsmith (that’s what I call it), there have been three or four of your posts that were just beautiful as I recall and that is a gift. And there is a peacefulness in your writing, its non-threatening yet powerful, which is a rare combination. Sure wish I could spend some fellowship time with you, I know I would enjoy and learn from you. I find it amazing how God’s Holy Spirit maintains our unique individuality and yet I can recognize His work in you. Those times are special. Just wanted you to know that Gary. You are a blessing and I sincerely appreciate you.

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      • That is high praise Bruce and thank you from the depths of my being for that. I recognize by reading some of my earlier posts how serious my disconnections were at that stage deserving few reads. I also suspect how far I still have to go in communicating with people on various levels is quite a ways.. I someday hope to write a book, but rattling in my head is how great it would be to spend some time face to face. From a pure business / money / passion standpoint people would have to see that just attending and connecting it would be worth the cost as well as personally meeting writers they deeply connect with.
        My 2nd thought is to build a writers cabin in the woods on our 80. Rustic. people could come and visit, hop in my boat, have a fish fry as the lake is 400 yards down the road, have some fireside chats and great fellowship times, walk some trails and so on. some worthy ambitions to pray on. Meanwhile let’s keep trucking down the word press road

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      • That writers cabin sounds really intriguing, if you can swing it, I’d follow up on that puppy. In the interim, I’m trucking down the word press road and grateful you are on it. Blessings Gary.

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  13. I find the analysis of your stats intriguing, Bruce. Reading the comments on this post was also educational. I look at my numbers and trends, but don’t pick them apart. I suppose I’m naive enough to believe that if I write good content, network with other bloggers and remain consistent my followers will continue to slowly grow.

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    • Hi David, I don’t think that writing good content, networking with fellow believers and being consistent and thusly expecting your numbers to grow is necessarily naive David, because that appears to be logical but I am of the opinion that numbers is not the real objective because I believe God can and may use this online endeavour of ours, if it is according to His will, for us and others. Jesus told us that without Him we can do nothing. I mentioned that one of the reasons why I spend time and effort on my blog is as a form of self discipline to help keep me on track. And I also believe it can be a form of ministry where I am a partner with Jesus and my fellow brothers and sisters. My main connection is with Him and I am open to be used by His Holy Spirt to minister to others with encouragement and sometimes, even a word of advice, if requested. Lifting up my brothers and sisters in prayer is another aspect that has become very meaningful. And then of course, comes the learning aspect that involves a wide scope of interaction skills and awarenesses, for those who are friendly and also some who are not so friendly. My main concern as expressed in this post was to see if others had experienced a reduction in the number of views. You may note that the number of people who follow me is actually increasing but as most of us know, those numbers can in fact be very deceiving. So I don’t put much weight in the numbers, if they increase, so be it, if they decrease, it isn’t really of any great concern. I am basically small fry anyway. But it can be a vehicle that God uses to lift others at times, I have seen that on many occasions, even including myself. I basically see it as one means of being active in the body of Christ and I really seek quality interactions, not quantity, and most importantly, never independent of Jesus. I am just an ordinary layman, learning and sharing and walking with Jesus and this media format, along with studying God’s Word, praying for others and myself, helps me do that a little better. I hope this helps. Blessings!

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      • It does, Bruce. When I use the term “followers “ I mean quality, rather than quantity, as well. I started my blog as an outlet for helping and encouraging others. That’s what matters most to me.

        Thank you for your response. Blessings.

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      • Sounds like we are of like mind! Jump in any time, always appreciated. Looking forward to getting to know you better. God’s blessing to you and yours.

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  14. Decreasing views could have something to do with the fact that a lot of your views come from Muslim or atheistic countries. I wonder if you are being blocked in some of these countries. I can’t think of any other reason since you write one of the best Christian blogs on WordPress. I mean that sincerely. However, not everyone is looking for Truth. But those of us who value Truth consider your blog a great source that we can rely on. I suspect your numbers will go back up again. Stats always fluctuate.

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    • Hi Cindy, kind undeserved words, but I sincerely thank you for them. I’m thinking that there is possibly an information saturation point in combination with other factors that may be part of it. Some saw what I saw and others didn’t, so nothing conclusive. I think I was just curious if others saw what I was seeing, more than anything. Hopefully we’re all planting seeds that will help all of us grow, just like you do. God’s blessings as always to you and yours Cindy!

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