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Monday, September 24, 2012

Oh, Blogger!

Why do you insist on changing your format yet again? Have I not been nice to you, stood up for you, and never coveted another blog platform? Well, there was that one time, but I was only experimenting. I always came back to you.

What was wrong with the old format? Do you want to drive me insane? 

Okay, so I'll get used to this one too, but really, it's okay if you leave things alone for a while. And for God's sake, don't mention this to Facebook or Gmail. There's only so much change I can take.

Blogger users: Has your posting format changed on you yet? I don't think it happened to everyone all at once.

There is one good thing about the new format. They made it easy to see which posts got the most views and I learned something from that.

I got thousands of hits for the flying saucer house. It's one of my top views. The homesteading posts got several hundred views regularly (sometimes into the 1000s) and edged out the dog posts by barely a hundred. Writing posts tended to hang around two and three hundred with higher views for the Killer Campaign posts, while posts on new releases got the fewest views. 

What really surprised me was the Back to Basics blog. Even though it's very new and has far fewer followers, it consistently got hundreds of views for each post. With a little time and exposure, it may prove to be more popular than this blog. We'll see.

I already knew I got a lot of visitors from Google searches and it seems to corroborate with the number of views. People find me specifically for the topics I choose, which is great. It makes me feel I made the right choice for this blog by keeping the range of topics open and variable.

Are you happy with your blog's agenda of topics or would you like to mix it up more?


Ellie Garratt said...

Mine has also changed, Maria. I must say I like the changes - it's good to see which posts/topics are bringing in the viewers. Some I expected to be high, such as blogfests. But my highest viewed post was Dead Tired Writer - I guess it struck a chord with people and/or showed up well in search engines.

Maria Zannini said...

Ellie: Ref: struck a chord

Exactly! I think that's the secret to good blog traffic.

Stacy McKitrick said...

I remember Blogger changing awhile back, but I changed it back to classic, knowing eventually that would expire and I'd be stuck with the new. I just assumed that's what happened.

I can adapt to change, I just hate DOING it. Especially when I didn't think it was broke to begin with. Now I have to learn where everything is all over again. Frustrating!

Angelina Rain said...

Blogger changed things up on me too, and it's going to take some getting used to. I should look it up and see which posts brought out the most readers and which the fewest.

I'm surprised your dog posts don't bring in that many readers. Those are like some of my favorite posts, especially when you share pictures of your fur babies.

As for my blog topics: I've run out of things to talk about a long time ago so now I fly by the seat of my pants. I really should do some research, find out what blog posts work most, and try to write more of those.

L.G.Smith said...

I think they started the changes back in March. Mine's been changed for awhile now. I do like being able to see how many views each post has received. I also didn't realize people were sharing posts on the G+ thing. I agree, it always takes awhile to get used to the change.

Mike Keyton said...

I can't see any great difference in mine, but then I'm not very observant. One thing you said puzzled me:

There is one good thing about the new format. They made it easy to see which posts got the most views and I learned something from that.

I definitely can't see that anywhere. Mind you in stats there's a facility that pie charts your most popular hits.

I suppose the longer your blog's been around the more random hits you get via google. It remains a puzzle

R. Mac Wheeler said...

I don't know what they were thinking...removing tabs that stood out on the dashboard, and replacing them with a single drop-down.

But I do like the larger footprint on the composition template. They hit a home run with that.

Change. What a pain.

LD Masterson said...

My Blogger changed a while back but I don't know if I was early in the wave that just caught up with you or if I've yet to be hit by the latest.

I'm glad to hear the hits on Back to Basics are going strong.

Maria Zannini said...

Stacy: I could see if the format needed improvement, but it really didn't. Sometimes I think those programmers get bored.

Angelina: The dog posts are very popular, but not quite as popular as the homesteading posts.

Maria Zannini said...

LG: I didn't know they were shared on Google+ either. Sometimes I think there's a whole underground that's left me out of the loop.


Mike: You might not be on the latest format yet. The visits are very obvious. on the right side where all your posts are listed.

Maria Zannini said...

Mac: I really liked the tabs and I liked that they were darker than they are now. The lighter shades are hard for me to discern.


Linda: The popularity of Back to Basics really surprised me. It doesn't get the comments it gets here, but it definitely gets the traffic. I suspect it comes from mostly Google searches. The toilet cleaner is one of my most popular posts.

E.J. Wesley said...

I do like being able to see the popular posts as well, Maria. But it is a pain trying to adjust to the differences.

Julie said...

Mine hasn't changed yet and now I'm nervous. I'm finally getting used to the previous changes! :(

Angela Brown said...

I think I've been just rolling with the punches so I'm not sure of the changes that you're referencing. They may have been in place and I probably just sighed and did whatever was needed to make the post happen.

I kinda like my blog as it is. I could probably do with a little numbers checking but I haven't checked them much.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Mine changed a while ago. I hate change but I'm adjusting. I try not to spend too much time reading stats but it's a good idea to use it to guage where reader interest is.

Maria Zannini said...

EJ: If I could tell Blogger anything, I would say: Just because you can change something, it doesn't mean you should.


Julie: It's not terrible. Just different. I just don't like them messing with something that was fine the way it was.

Maria Zannini said...

Angela: When you get to be my age, changing the color of a font becomes a big deal. LOL!


Susan: I don't normally pay much attention to stats. I'm just surprised the numbers were so high. I didn't realize I had that much traffic.

Darke Conteur said...

Blogger changed a while back for me. Caught me completely by surprise. I like working with the new format. I find uploading pictures is easier. I find if I know something first, and then they change it, I can adapt easier than learning something from scratch.

Sarah Ahiers said...

I haven't seen any blogger changes, but i'm kind of confused because didn't blogger just change? So now i wonder if maybe i just changed my blogger early and some people are catching up? But i don't know that i can see the views on my posts. Bahdunno. I guess i'll wait and see what happens

Barbara Ann Wright said...

I'm so scatterbrained when it comes to topics that I usually just pick whatever pops up at the time. ^_^

Maria Zannini said...

Darke: If I know something going to change, it just gives me a longer period to whine. LOL. I didn't notice a difference in the picture upload. I'll pay more attention next time.


Sara: Yes. Blogger changed not all that long ago. It wasn't too big a deal back then. This latest version does look different. Icons are in different places and it also added the "close" option. It's not bad. Just different.


Barbara: Because I only blog a couple of times a week, I'm rather methodical about topics. I like topics that give people a chance to share opinions.

Jennifer Shirk said...

Blogger has changed again?

Good grief. I'm afraid to look now. LOL

Suzanne Brandyn said...

Blogger has hickupped once again. It happen a few weeks back, and I'm only adjusting. Yes, the views to posts is helpful, but does it make sales. :)

It's like as soon as I learn something someone has got to toss in something else to keep me on my toes. lol.. :)

Maria Zannini said...

Jennifer: My thinking is, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.


Suzanne: Ref: Yes, the views to posts is helpful, but does it make sales.

I've tried to write my blog more as an extension of myself rather than a sales tool. Word of mouth might sell me, but nothing I say will.