I took a look at my yearly statistics this morning and realized that I was probably going to have fewer views this year than last. Every year up until this one, I have managed to grow my readership in all areas. This year, I might have more followers, but I have fewer posts viewed.
So, I decided to see if I could increase that number. I shared my post on Facebook and told my friends there that I needed more views to hopefully surpass last year’s totals. I did the same thing with my Instagram account. I even tried to think of clever hashtags which would bring thousands of people screaming to my blog. Basically, I did a lot of self promoting this morning.
It worked and I got about 160 views, which is at least a hundred more than I normally get, and a couple of new followers joined on. I still have a long way to go before I can beat last year’s numbers. I might have to do a lot more self promoting.
As the day wound on and I got to see the climbing stats, I started to wonder why this was important. Does it really matter how many views I have had this year. I wrote less and just by that number, I should expect fewer readers. The readers who have been here have commented more and given me more to think about. Should I really be worried that this year is better than last? Obviously not.
I guess in this era, we measure success differently. If I were writing a book, sales would be the biggest yardstick. On the other hand, I might consider how many fan letters I received. I might measure success by how much they would be willing to pay for the next book. I might consider myself successful if people tune in to see me interviewed on some TV show.
Is Today’s Perfect Moment being a successful self marketer or is it the realization that success can be measured in another way? I am too tired to decided, so I will answer that it is probably both.