My Blog is Giving Me the Finger

Laughing at myself:
Required medicine for
getting through each day.
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So I’m new at this blogging stuff.  I have wanted to write for a while, even started writing essays before I had a venue to publish. And so with some trepidation and a lot of excitement, I started this blog.  On December 19th at 10pm-ish, I announced to my friends and family that I had a blog, please visit, blah blah blah.

And then I became enamored with “site stats”. This is a fun aspect of Word Press where you can see the number of blog views, comments, external links and so forth. On that first evening, December 19, I watched as the number of views climbed 10, 15, 20, 30.  I went to bed having found the Android Word Press app and joyful in my 36 views that day.  The next morning, before I left the bed (yes, before I even pee’d) I pulled up the app to see my views. Already had 10 that morning, December 20th.  Wow! People were reading my stuff! How cool was that. 

It was on that seemingly quiet December 20 that my addiction to site stats came into full bloom. I watched all day. I would ask Frank “Guess what?” and he dutifully replied “What?” knowing exactly what I was about to say… still, he paused to hear me recite the latest number of views… 39 (“more than yesterday!), 48, 57, 65, 76!! I was ecstatic. I was hooked.

More than hooked, I became a junkie. And the hard part for a junkie? When the buzz wears off and there’s no more juice.  So December 20 ended with 102 views. And December 21 came in with its cooling breeze. 38 views. Worse yet, December 22: 11 views. After that, double digits weren’t frequent.  I was a failure. No one liked my stuff enough to return. How could I go on.

Now, just like “pretty is on the inside”, I know that writing a blog isn’t about the number of views you get, it is about writing for the fun of it, taking the chance, livin’ the dream. Yeah yeah yeah. These stats were cold hard facts that I couldn’t deny.  Worse yet, my ongoing failure kept showing itself to me in the “views timeline bar chart” Word Press provides – a visual of the number of views each day in your history.

And guess what the bar chart shows now? Well, it shows my blog giving me the finger.

Yes, every time I go to the stats page, until enough days have elapsed that this view of December 19/20/21 goes off the page, I have to see my blog flipping me off.  Well har-de-har-har.

So today, when talking with my friend Sandra (who gave me the title for this post) I decided to see the humor and humility in this circumstance (both words derived from the Latin “hum” meaning laugh at self and get over it).  Site stats be damned.  I welcome the Word Press finger. It will remind me of what is possible and compel me to post more often and perhaps get more friends who will read me more than once.

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  1. Leigh Juliano

     /  January 1, 2012

    Well, first, I have to admit than when I read the blog about the 45’s, I thought you were just sharing an interesting blog you had stumbled upon. I’m a little slow on the uptake– but still, loved the read. Now that I’ve figured out this is you, I plan to bookmark and return often. Love your “voice” – been a big fan since the “one-antlered moose” days! :). Way to go – keep up the great writing!

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  2. I know exactly how you feel! I even uploaded sitemeter so I can track what parts of the world my visitors are from. It is addicting!

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  3. I’m guessing now that you are freshly pressed you are going to see a very LONG finger now!

    Congratulations!

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    • I look at my blog stats all the time too, hav the app on my iphone.

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    • So true Rob! January 10th will vastly eclipse December 20th!

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    • LOL Rob I thought the same thing. Now he will have a small hand giving him the finger and a hand with a REALLY long finger! 🙂 What a fun post and so hits home for all of us who have been writing for so long hoping to get on the Freshly Pressed page or to see those site stats jump ONLY b/c people like to read what you are wirting AND not b/c of being on the WordPress slpash page (although I admit I am awaiting my turn with great anticipation, which in my world had not died yet!) Stats are addicting to watch and will bring out the Grief Reflex in us as we watch the rollercoaster. Writing is the reward and people reading it is the soft, fluffy coating that makes us think we are in heaven. Great post enjoy having two statistical hand to help you out with your future posts! Haha! AmberLena

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  4. Another one is coming your way after today! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

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  5. haha! after today, your stats will definitely be expressing themselves to you.

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  6. Cat

     /  January 9, 2012

    Time to watch those stats come pouring in! Congrats. 🙂

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  7. LOL! I’m laughing with tears in my eyes as I’m reading. I literally just started bloggin on Dec 24th – Christmas EVE myself! I know exactly how you feel! haha Isn’t the WordPress community fantastic! I also feel like I joined the most amazing “Positive feedback” club so far… haha you cracked me UP! Thanks for sharing… “my blog is giving me the finger”… hahaha classic!

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  8. Well your blog may have given you the finger, but the mysterious Freshly Pressed gods just invited you to the promised land of site stat viewing fun.

    Enjoy the ride. Something tells me that “finger” will soon be a mere speck on the site stat landscape…

    🙂

    (and BTW, we’re all crazy in our own little ways about site stats. I’m obsessed with tracking subscriptions, keeping a daily count on my calendar and trying to evince reasons for patterns. Someday I’ll be discovered rocking in the fetal position of my home office, babbling about page views…)

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  9. There were times when I lived and died by that little graph. I get four tons views and I’m on Cloud Nine! I get only casual glances and I have a dark cloud hanging over my head. It took a little while to realize that as long as even ONE person is looking….that’s all that matters. Like it? Love it? Hate it? Loathe it? Who cares? Just read!

    http://starwarsawakening.wordpress.com

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  10. I expect being Freshly Pressed will turn the tables on your low views 😛

    I’m the same – I obsessively check my stats, post links to entries on Facebook and Twitter, check my stats, again, work out where the views are coming from and then spam up all my other social media with links and more links.

    The situation is bad.

    In fact, guess what I was about to do when I came on to WordPress and ended up finding your post on Freshly Pressed? That’s right, I was about to check my stats.

    MLIA.

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  11. haha..that’s funny.

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  12. Timothy Brown

     /  January 9, 2012

    Love it. Nice work. My blog flips me off all the time.

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  13. mistybbarrere1015

     /  January 9, 2012

    That cracked me up. Site stats are completely addicting, especially when friends tell you they’ve posted your stuff to Twitter & Stumble Upon. And you’re like, really? What day was THAT?

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  14. You nailed this one… you got freshly pressed. Keep blogging 🙂 Nice work!

    dolly

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  15. I love the post! I am also a site stats junkie. I was tickled about my all time high of 17 views in one day but I would have been over the mooon with 38 views! Count your blessings!

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  16. Now that you’re on Freshly Pressed, it would be a very loong finger you’re getting. Hahaha. Congratulations! 🙂

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  17. LOL!! I too am a stats addict. After being Freshly Pressed, I’m sure you’ll have a ton of hits. 🙂

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  18. This is the first time I have ever plugged my own writing on someone else’s blog but I wrote this piece particularly for people dealing with WPSD (wordpress stat addiction) http://patricemj.wordpress.com/2011/12/17/raspberry-sculls-and-bloody-scones/

    If it makes you feel any better I had pretty much zero visits for my first 4 or 5 monthys.

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  19. Madammommy

     /  January 9, 2012

    This is exactly telling my story! So funny. I started writing blogs around the same time as you, mid december. More like an online journal, I thought to myself. Yeah, who was I kidding!!! Got hooked when the stats showed around 86 views, and the next day….maybe 10! Then I felt like I had to write another one so people would read and my stat ‘will give me the finger’ as you say! Now I am a prolific writer….of nothing of substance. Fluff! But still loving it! Awesome. Congrats on being freshly pressed.

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  20. Ha! I loved the post, and just wait until you see your site stats after enjoying a moment in the spotlight – congratulations my friend, you have been Freshly Pressed, and now your blog finger will haunt you for a long, long time after today’s traffic. Enjoy it, and thanks for a nice read that every blogger can relate to.

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  21. Loved the post!! I get the finger each day, but rather than give it back, I breath and just do the best I can with what I got…seems like you do the same!! Thanks for sharing.

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  22. I think your stats will have more to say to you after today! Loved the post – the stats giving you the finger is hilarious, and you’re not the only one who loves clicking on site stats… 😉

    Congrats on being freshly pressed!

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  23. Will

     /  January 9, 2012

    Hello “FamilyHaikus” (wish you had chosen a more ‘personal’ name):

    I have noticed – as you will see proven by the big stats you’ll get on this, your new post today – that “Freshly Pressed” attracts strictly blogs that, in my career in news journalism, we called “Lites & Brites.” Examples: cutesy puppies and kittens, pretty photography, humour, fluff, travel stories [happy travel only – ie. nothing about trouble spots like Egypt, Syria, Libya]; cooking & favorite recipes, “celebration” stories (birthdays, anniversaries, parties, etc.); Mom & Pop family stories; cute/smart/comical kids, etc. etc.

    This is my one and only complaint about WordPress as a blogging platform. I consider it a serious weakness. I for one “follow” serious, hard-hitting blogs, while “giving the finger” to all the Lites & Brites, which annoy me and waste my time. I can read the Sunday Funnies in the paper if I need to smile.

    I do understand WordPress’ editorial policy of serving up only gloppy sweetness for “Freshly Pressed.” It’s the “safe” choice, but it’s lazy and condescending. I’d rather be unsafe and get some really meaty reading. These are troubled times we’re living in – we all need to do some serious thinking. (Are you listening, WordPress?)

    Anyway, you’ve hit the big time today, baby!

    “Keep it dumbed-down out there, people!”

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    • I can understand where you are coming from, I often like to see the nice juicy blogs that make me think and give me yet another way to waste my time.

      Matt

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    • Will, I actually wrote two posts on Egypt that were Freshly Pressed, one last January and the other just a couple of weeks ago during a recent trip on the amazing graffiti that is coming out of Tahrir Square. Also my friend Max wrote a great piece on Egypt that was freshly pressed and we both were highlighted for covering top stories. Disclaimer, my piece was not a journalistic piece but a personal account from my daughter so…. But to your point , quick and entertaining reads seem to get the most attention.
      To Family Haikus – congratulations – this was funny and I think most of us can relate with the stats obsession if we’re honest!

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  24. J Roycroft

     /  January 9, 2012

    You done real good! And you made FP without a single pic of Nutella. Congrats!

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  25. Loved the post! LOL… I’ve been writing for over two years now and have NEVER had enough views to ever get the finger. That’s okay by me, my subject matter probably doesn’t interest anyone else…

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  26. I too – like everyone else on wordpress have a slight obsession with checking my stats. When I have more then 10 I jump for joy! I always wondered how you can get Freshly pressed!!?? Any ideas??

    I loved this blog and will be following from now on! Have a great week!

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    • Will

       /  January 9, 2012

      nikilee30:

      see my post [above] “I have noticed…”

      Keep it Lite & Brite. WP goes for that.

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  27. What a great blog, and congratulatons on being Freshly Pressed! How exciting! I also started my blog back in October and have only recently been getting up the courage to share it with more and more people. Keep on having fun writing! I’ve enjoyed it so far!

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  28. Love your post! I bet the views will pour in, especially after being Freshly Pressed!
    I agree with the being hooked to stats part! The craziest thing is some of my posts which I wasn’t too happy about get more views than the ones I am proud of…
    My new year non-resolution is to make sure I dont get too obsessed with it!

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  29. Will

     /  January 9, 2012

    …and did I mention?…….

    How annoying “Congrats on being freshly pressed!” is?
    Reminds me of that required “Dr. Laura Schlesinger” greeting: “I am my kids’ mom.” Mindless group-speak.
    Or of 1939 German society, with that “required” ‘Heil H—-‘ thing!

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  30. After today, your stats will now be permanently screwed. :p 🙂

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  31. sarahpalma

     /  January 9, 2012

    Haha! So funny!

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  32. Funny ! Checking site stats becomes addictive sometimes .. I guess your site stats will be skyrocketing now 🙂 Seeing the site stats and the orange notifications button is my most favourite thing about wordpress ..

    Super post ! Congrats on freshly pressed !

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  33. Thank you for giving me the smile of the day and congratulations on making Freshly Pressed so quickly. It is quite an achievement. Long may it continue.

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  34. I feel ya on being obsessed about blog stats. That is the first thing I look at when I log onto my dashboard. I started my blog in November, and I did what you did–I told my friends and family that I started a blog, please read. I even posted a link on Facebook. I had 6 hits then it bounced to only 23 hits. I thought I would never find an audience LOL.

    Now, my hits are growing steadily. It’s still a learning process though. The posts I think will be very entertaining and will receive comments, gets nothing. And, the posts I think will be hardly viewed, are the ones who get the most comments and popular status on my dashboard.

    I found when I started looking at other people’s blogs and leaving comments, then my hits started growing more frequently. And, now I see a lot of hits from search engines WOO HOO!!!

    Good luck on finding readership so your chart doesn’t keep giving you the finger LOL.

    Keep smiling,
    Yawatta

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  35. Normally I am 99.9 percent positive on Freshly Pressed selections, I find this one without real merit, and quite frankly, offensive. Hopefully the comment selections of these Freshly Pressed selections will not become a sheep herders location….meaning everyone, always have something positive to say, in order to get a plug for their own WordPress sites. To assume whom ever is selected to make these selections is in tune with the majority, in terms of similar points of view, is an administrative misjudgement on the part of the WordPress administrators. It is my hope this blog will not represent a continuing trend with WordPress in the selection process.

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    • I appreciate the opinion. I’m as surprised as you are that I got picked. (Wait, I’m surprised, you’re disappointed, but close enough). Thanks for taking the time to post.

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    • gingerjudgesyou

       /  January 9, 2012

      Dude, didn’t your mother ever teach you if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all? Also, you might want to review your posts before sending them if you expect any of us to take you seriously.

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      • My mom would have called that being a “Weeie.” Guess that works better for the gals, than for the men. Haven’t you ever watch “Housewifes” or “Mafia gals? These gals tell it like it is! Is that being “nice thing,” part of the sheep mentality? Since I will be turning 70 next month, I think you will need to gain a few years on you, before you are qualified to judge me “Ms. Judges You.”

      • P.S. You might be right about being careful about what I post on my blog site as well. I generally did not pay much attention to the poems I write and post on my blog. Oh…by the way, my site just hit 20,003 hits! How is yours doing?

  36. gingerjudgesyou

     /  January 9, 2012

    Mine’s giving me a knuckle sandwich, if only it were giving me the finger!

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  37. fatima

     /  January 9, 2012

    hello

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  38. That finger we hate, makes us doubt our capability but it pushes more, doesn’t it?

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  39. I too have seen ‘the finger’ but didn’t really appreciate it for what is was like you have lol. Love it!

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  40. Ah, I was about 3 weeks into blogging when I was FPed. Now your stats are going to go through the roof–talk about the finger! Enjoy!
    Kathy

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  41. Let me know how many views you got after being on ‘Freshly Pressed’ 😉
    Hilarious post btw, loved it!

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  42. Thank you to everyone who has read, written and explored. This is very exciting… Was in a meeting at work when I noticed I had 30, then 40, unread personal emails, all from WordPress… Huh? Then I figured it out. That had to be the longest 2 hour meeting in history, waiting to get out of it and check on line (note to my manager, I’m on a break right now). I can’t stop smiling!

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  43. Great post! 🙂 Thank you for sharing! … following your blog.

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  44. Bloggertobe

     /  January 9, 2012

    I really liked this blog entry. Very, very creative and very well expressed!

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  45. This made me smile today! 🙂 Thank you!

    Getting Freshly Pressed definitely lets you see the possibilities . . . your stats will be giving you the finger much more often. 🙂 It happened to me back in August and it was such an exciting day! I had to teach a class before I got to check my e-mail. Time never moved so slowly!!

    Congrats on getting FP’d

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  46. You are a very clever and optimistic person to write such a clever post. We all have slow days. People have lives besides reading, but they will come back to read what they have missed. Congrats on being freshly pressed.

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  47. How did you get so many viewers after only putting up your blog in Dec? How did they all know? Help me, please? lol

    I think this is so funny. Your stats are giving you the finger. Damn him, that stat. love this.

    val
    http://valentinedefrancis.wordpress.com

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  48. I too, got sucked into the stats, each day and each night as I went from 12 to 34 to 98 on my highest day. Thanks for the post and chuckle.

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  49. I just started blogging too. Be thankful you have readers at all. You seem pretty popular. Thanks for the encouragement.

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  50. I feel your pain! I made the ‘mistake’ of using StubleUpon for a few days and now my stats are better but look like they are in the toilet compared to those few days of paid cheater stats. HA. I spent two days staring at my iPhone. Pitiful.

    Congrats on Freshly Pressed

    Barbara from TheBigRant

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  51. Get used to your blog mocking you, it never stops! Great post, by the way.

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  52. greenscorpio

     /  January 9, 2012

    Hahaha! I know who you feel!!! hahaha 😀 Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!! 😀 Enjoy. 😀 go back to your meeting. 😀

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  53. I’m glad I’m not the only one obsessively checking site stats! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

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  54. Wow, I thought I was the only one whose blog flipped them the bird. Thaks for sharing. I commend you for sticking in there and for being truthful. Keep up the great writing, it’s inspiring.

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  55. Your post just tickled me to death. I also started not one, but two blogs in December. First time ever. I think we need a 12-step program for stat junkies. I am also addicted. You were right about one thing. When we go back to writing for the pure joy of writing and expressing what’s in our hearts and minds, the rest comes on it own. I’ll be your stats are off the chart today!

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  56. Congratulations on being FP’d!!

    I thought your post was funny and eerily similar to how I view the stats. What a thrill for you! Here’s to many more!!!

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  57. So will this give you a double-finger or a hitchhiker’s thumb outta there?

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  58. Reblogged this on The Book of Ascension Blog and commented:
    A journey I have also grown to know too well -__- lol good post!

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  59. Haha 😀 its like your blog is talking to you man 🙂 you all are bonding 🙂 serious epic stats 😀

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  60. Oh! This is an awesome blog! And Your Title is great! Caught my eye! -Thanks for Sharing.

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  61. Prepare yourself because you’ll only get more and more addicted to your stats. WordPress really needs to have a disclaimer for that before you join.

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  62. So funny, you made me laugh!!
    i am stat addict, too!!!!

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  63. i’m soooo with u on this – i’m not new to blogging but i’m new to SiteStats 😉 & having just switched to WordPress a couple of weeks ago – that’s my addiction currently… everyday i switch on the computer & click on the Stats page… i haven’t hit the triple numbers yet but am still hopeful – hahhahaa… i have tried to restrain myself in the last couple of days, checking the stats only after i have done my other emails… hehhee… here’s to the Stats graph ;p

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  64. Feit Can Write

     /  January 9, 2012

    Okay – the million dollar question for all of us Un-Pressed stat addicts:

    How many hits does FP status get you?

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  65. Becoming addicted to Site Stats was an aspect of blogging that came as a total surprise to me too! My blog’s been going for just over 4 years & I still check my stats several times a day!

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  66. I try not to look at my stats right now because i started my blog a few days ago (and it’s respective fb page) but it is so hard to resist I love that stuff. Funny post made me laugh thanks!

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  67. You must be so excited that you were featured in the Freshly-Pressed page!!!!

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  68. I love the idea of one’s blog giving one the finger – just the thing to keep stats-obsession (yes, I had that too, at first…) at bay!!

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  69. A great read. I felt the exact same initially. It is really addictive.Glad it’s not just me that does that

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  70. I for one find this situation very funny and ironic because now your site stats are probably blowing up… congratulations! I know at first how addicting they are, and for some, they stay addicting – but for me, I really care more about how many comments or followers I get because that shows people care about what I’m writing as opposed to just looking at it and moving on.

    Good luck with your blog, it’s great! (:

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  71. belovedmusephotography

     /  January 9, 2012

    How did you become a mind reader? I was just chastising myself for not being realistic about the success of my blog after such a short period of time. And then you had to go prove my expectations completely wrong by getting freshly pressed and getting immediate positive feedback! Congrats and best of luck!

    Hope I’m not helping to give you the finger.

    But if you’re going to leave negative feedback criticizing this blog, or any other blog for that matter, for being Freshly Pressed I WILL be giving you the finger. Jealousy is ugly.

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  72. Congrats on getting freshly pressed! I’m imagining you’re going to have a whole new diagram to write about on your site stats after today!!! xoxox

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  73. Beautiful haiku
    From your family headline
    With winter image!

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  74. This post made me roll with laughter!! If you asked my husband, he would tell you that I too am insanely obsessed with my ‘site stats’ It’s blog crack! I had a day of 691 views (which made me nearly fall out of my chair) and I have finally realized that I must just breath, let go and keep blogging on because I don’t know that I could ever repeat that.

    Of course one obsession must be replaced by another, and every day I hope beyond all hopes I too made it to the Freshly Pressed spotlight as you have. Congrats! And I will try not to be too green with envy. Now how many views have I had now….

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  75. Huzzah for you! Keep writing! And now you’re Freshly Pressed, so I can only imagine how big your finger is going to be after today! You may crash and burn after this. Thanks for a humorous and realistic post. I truly enjoyed it.

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  76. LOL I remember when I first started blogging I used to be super obsessed with site stats. It was magical!!! Like, omg the numbers, it just somehow gets bigger and bigger…which was very exciting to watch lol 😀

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  77. Just look at your stats now!! 😀 Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.

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  78. count yourself lucky…most views I’ve ever gotten in a day:17. but it’s okay. Oh and I’ll never be freshly pressed…all my pictures are illegal 🙂 Oh well. nice job, though. You deserve the publicity.

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  79. Katie

     /  January 9, 2012

    That’s a great post. I have had the exact same experience. I get such a thrill on a good day and such a sense of disappointment the next day when it’s the regular 30 hits! Today is a good day so I’m going to have a big finger sticking up at me for a while!

    And today you are too 🙂

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  80. ldmccormck

     /  January 9, 2012

    So happy for you Maureen! And for all your new potential readers. They are in for a treat! “Dude, give the woman a break!” and so the universe did. Indeed!

    Hugs, Lynette

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  81. Congratulations on being ‘Freshly Pressed’ – I can really relate to your stats obsession (I studied Maths, work in data, and play cricket – a hugely stat orientated sport!). I hope your stats don’t ‘give you the finger again’, and you end up with a skyscrapers on your stats page in future 🙂

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  82. I know the feeling too well. I posted a pic of my blog flipping me off back in October.

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  83. This post was so hilarious because I’m the same way! I got 89 views and almost blew my wad! The next day less, and after that less and less. I do love writing though. I just love that it looks like your blog is giving you the finger, so funny!
    Writing is the fun part, but checking the site stats is the icing on the cake.

    Congratulations on making freshly pressed! You’ll have way more views now!

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  84. Abigail

     /  January 9, 2012

    So…. you become a junkie tot stats, and then start to wean off of them, only to have WordPress become an enabler and give you some of the drug back. Now your blog is going to be really flipping you off. Really good WordPress. Maybe I should become a junkie too. (Oh, wait, already am and mostly recovered. Nevermind. 🙂 )

    What’s really depressing is that my one blog (One Day in Words) has the highest day rated at 30–something, but the best i can figure, it’s all spam views.

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  85. I recently spent a whole day (seriously, 10 straight hours) at my desk side by side with good friend annascafe, both switching from our wordpress blogs, to twitter, to facebook and back again, barely speaking to each other except to cry out delightedly when there was new wordpress activity. It was completely unhealthy, but way too fun! And we both pretended that we’d had such a productive day (it was work right?!) and felt so proud of ourselves for being so motivated. As if it had been remotely within our control.

    Rehab calls. Till then, thank you for obsessively checking your stats. It makes the rest of us feel less crazy.

    Sarah

    And oh did you know that 4 people found us via google today?! With such strange searches. If you give me a minute, I’ll read them out to you and we can try and decipher what they were really searching for to see if we can replicate similar trends with our tags in the future…?

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  86. Lacey

     /  January 9, 2012

    I understand completely. I, too, obsessively check my stats; it has become quite a problem. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed… I’m sure it will help with your situation. 🙂
    I’m so glad I found you- your blog is very entertaining. Exactly the kind of writing I love. I will definitely be following you.

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  87. annsangels

     /  January 9, 2012

    LOVE your post, as a new ‘blogger’ (if that’s the correct term) it makes me feel better about my addiction to checking the stats 🙂 Thanks for letting me know it’s more normal than OCD x

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  88. I just joined WordPress less than a week ago to chart my progress in writing a crime novel. Anyway, I also am completely addicted to the Site Stats portion of the WordPress app. I check it every few hours after a new post is written. Haha! Nice to know I’m not the only one obsessing. Happy blogging!

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  89. I am exactly the same – a sit stats junkie! Great you got on Freshly Pressed and a fantastic post!

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  90. First of all, welcome to the world of blogging, and second of all- huge congrats to being on FP!! You are onto a good thing here…. :o)

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  91. Nicole

     /  January 9, 2012

    I feel you there! My first few days of having a blog are still the ones with the most views! I’ve found that the only way to get my readership to improve really is to write about food. Unfortunately (as my food blogs suggest) I am not much of a cook… Here’s to single-digit blog views!

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  92. The humor is in the simplicity. You had a good start, and (as others have said) I’m sure the publicity will help. Of course, having a sense of humore does too. Very funny!

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  93. Guess your stats are goong crazy now! I’m pretty obsessed with mine too!

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  94. Hahaha I lol’d! congrats on being freshly pressed!

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  95. Jess

     /  January 9, 2012

    How funny! I’m so glad I’m not the only one with an awkward Stats obsession! Thank you for helping me feel alittle more normal! 🙂
    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

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  96. sassymommy14

     /  January 9, 2012

    I find myself stalking my stats sometimes too. But I just have to remember to just have fun writing, no matter who reads!

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  97. HIlarious… we’ve all been there but I promise the addiction wears off !

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  98. foderak

     /  January 9, 2012

    Oh goodness, been there/done that!
    Confession: I’m a WordPress Stats junkie myself… I’ll sit here with my coffee and just hit refresh. Yikes!
    But you nailed it, it’s not about the numbers, it’s about having a creative outlet to express yourself.

    Excellent post and *cough cough relate able cough cough*

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  99. well done, so now receiving a finger isnt that bad after all =)

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  100. I’m new to this blogging stuff too, thought I’d try it out, see if I liked it etc, you hit it right on the head here, I went through the same thought process!! Haha, good luck to you with your blog though 🙂

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  101. I have the same problem on mine. I wish I was freshly pressed to solve my dilemma

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  102. The finger has now turned into an erection…

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  103. See how frigid the next cooling breeze feels after being freshly pressed! 🙂
    Oh, what a let-down. (Been there, done that) But keep blogging, my friend. You have the way with the words.

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  104. I feel your pain in regard to being a view stats junkie.

    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed; you can turn around and give your stats board a big finger right back now.

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  105. too funny! now what is going to happen.

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  106. yay!!! glad to note I am not the only stats obssessive in town!! 🙂 but you captured it beautifully and I delight in your observation….my stats give me the finger too! 🙂 Welcome to the world of blogging, long may it last. I am going to subscribe so I can keep up with your observations, I love humour. thanks for a chuckle. have a great day
    regards
    Cindy
    @notjustagranny

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  107. My blog gave me the finger yesterday 🙂 I write a blog for my church and it usually gives me the finger on Sunday.. Of all days 🙂 Congratulation on being freshly pressed!

    Evelyn
    cofchristelcajon.wordpress.com

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  108. Awe you gave me a laugh, and laughter is the best medicine! Personally I love the light and bright! Focusing on the positive will get you much farther in life than putting down others, or focusing on life’s troubles! Focusing on life’s troubles will only get you more of life’s troubles! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

    Awe, as an artist you are trained to take the critique, but you also have to learn when the Critique is a real critique or just jealousy or plain old meanness! I celebrate with you, and am sad for those who under the guise of critique are rude and mean.

    I tip my hat to you my friend, and may your blogs fingers get taller and taller everyday!
    Peace be with you, keep up the writing!
    Sallyjane
    http://www.the777man.com Do you love to write? We are having a Murder Mystery contest on our blog, and the books proceeds will be given to charity. Contestants write the chapters, and readers vote. Come join in the fun!

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  109. Is there a support group for this site-stat stuff? I can’t seem to shake the demon, either!

    Congrats on your fresh presh status – I’m sure that got you a solid fix. 😉

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  110. This is funny! We’re all a little obsessed about site stats, why would we write otherwise? Yes, the fun of it, blah, blah, blah, we write to be read. 🙂

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  111. Wait until you see what happens to your stats now that you’ve been Freshly Pressed! Congratulations.

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  112. joahnadiyosa

     /  January 9, 2012

    hahaha! Same sentiment here. I have grown too wary about my site stats every now and then. Everyday, every single day, the first thing I check with this WP account is how many stats I have gained the day before and worst, every single hour that passes, I would check if somebody actually cares to browse through my blog. But then i say: “What the hell?!” While I would really love to to have many, many traffic views, I try to tell myself that this blog is about me, about expressing my views and giving my thoughts a life on my page. Anyways, congrats on being FP’d. Totally hilarious! 🙂

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  113. This is a very common thing on YouTube too, where I came from before this. Some people are obsessed with view numbers and try every trick in the book to get more views on their videos including but not limited to paying people to view their videos. They actually have companies that you can hire to get people to view your videos. There are also a lot of fake subscribers that go trolling around subscribing to everyone’s YouTube channel just so that person might subscribe back. I think it is kind of silly because what I want is real followers who actually like my stuff and vice versa. There’s also the SPAM subscribers who basically just set up an account to SPAM their products by following people.

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  114. I enjoyed the post and the fact that you are now FP, well, I’m enjoying your ride, vicariously. I’ve had to remind myself on occasion that checking stats does not help to gain readers. But sometimes, it’s just plain fun. I guess it’s my “Angry Birds.” Anyway, good luck. By the way, I think it’s wonderful that your stats were so high in your first few days. That’s a great start. Enjoy!!!

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  115. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed! Well deserved! I am new myself and going throgh it too. I think for the most part, we all get the finger. What’s important is that there is a finger and if you’re lucky it will be a really long finger! Keep it coming!

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  116. Congrats for bring freshly pressed … 😉
    Hope my blog gives me a finger too.. nyahaha
    my stats.. is very moody .. Yayks ..

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  117. Hahaha… Mine shows “L” for loser 😛 😛 …. Same case… I see, wow, some big bars.. then I see the number on the scale… 5 is the maximum… 😀

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  118. i had another wordpress blog that i permanently deleted about two years ago. this blog is new, but the fact that it doesn’t get as many views as my old one drives me nuts! whatever you do, don’t delete your blog. you will regret it forever. and then your hard drive will crash and you will lose whatever saved writing samples you had.

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  119. Oh, the evil delights our stats pages plague us with!
    I hit 50 today, and promptly ran around the house dancing and screaming and hi-fiving anyone within my immediate personal space bubble!
    Love the blog!

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  120. angelaschaffer

     /  January 9, 2012

    Ah, I remember being obsessed with site stats on my old personal blog. The first thing I did when I logged on to WP in the morning was to look at my stats to see how much people loved (or hated) me. And then I became involved in the Post A Day project last year and went nuts trying to think of new content to post every. single. day. I burned out within weeks lol.

    I’d run into the front room and say “OMG, 100 people looked at my blog today!” And then I’d get depressed the next day when I the bounce rate was about 5x higher than views on the “awesome” post I had just published.

    That’s another thing, thinking “oh boy, someone’s reading my blog….” only to find out that they took a quick glance at the home page and left rather than clicking on any of the posts.

    I’m trying very hard to get off the stats crack with the new blog I launched yesterday, but rehab is tough.

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  121. My blog does that to me all the time. But I felt the same way with the Site Stats. It was crazy fun, but then I got a bit frustrated.

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  122. I feel left out. I want the finger!

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  123. Dinny Rex

     /  January 9, 2012

    I completely understand your addiction. But you’re lucky. I’m that person who goes to my brother and gets in his face and says, “Guess what? Guess what? I got 6 views today!”
    Because of this lack of views, double digits make me so happy it fuels me for the rest of the week.

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  124. Nice! I’m so too trying not to get stuck in stats! Looks like you put it out there, you said be damned with the stats and now look! Good for you! Happy family and blogging adventures!

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  125. Oh my gosh I love this. I see this same digit every week it starts with Sunday then moves into Monday then back down again on Tuesdays. Can you guess I post on Mondays?? Now that you have been Pressed I doubt your numbers will be going down soon. 🙂 Enjoy

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  126. you captured well the dangers of blogging–site stat addiction! Hilarious post. I can promise you I’ll be back at least once more to read a future post:P

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  127. Thank you, thank you! I needed your story to get me through my depression of not getting enough “fingers” on my site. And yet, I keep writing and writing and…
    You made me smile and realize that the numbers really don’t matter (or does it?) but knowing that you are publishing the best work that is in you.

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  128. The things that catch your eye!

    I caught “My blog is Giving Me The Finger” out of the corner of my eye.

    It was hilarious, and oh-so-true. Thanks for the humor.

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  129. OMG, so i’m not the only who’s frantic about the site stats. ahahaha! anyway…congrats for the Freshly Pressed! it surely gives gives you tons of viewers 🙂

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  130. Haha! I enjoyed reading this post. I’m very new to this blogging site (this is my 4th day since I’ve joined up) so thanks to you I am now aware of the gradual addiction that will eventuate with the site stats lol!

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  131. Maureen, looks like your blog will be giving you the finger again now that you’re FP’d. Quite impressive I must say, after only 2 months of blogging- good for you.

    and a little secret – we’re all obsessed with our stats, It’s the blogging equivalent of “You like me, you really like me.”

    Congrats from Huffygirl.

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  132. My blog gives me the finger constantly. After tracking my stats for a long time, I can almost guess with my eyes closed how many views I will get on any given day. It’s not as much as I would like, but its fairly consistent. I just don’t like it when there are zero views, it makes me a sad wolf.

    Anyways, thanks for the post, quite entertaining!

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  133. La Oreja D VanGogh

     /  January 9, 2012

    Funny, i also love checking m stats and seeing if anyone has read my post. It is quite addicting am my sitestat has giving me the finger a couple of times in the year I have it. Sometime I wonder how can I in one month have 300 + views and then every other month averaging 20-30 thats counting the familia that I make go on my site.

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  134. I feel the same way. I’ve had a high in the 500s. And a low in the teens. But you have to go back to why do we write? We write for ourselves. Because we must. If the writing is more addicting than the stats, then you’re a writer:)

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  135. It’s nice to know I’m not the only one obsessed. Though my buddy, an actual online editor, pointed out to me that he doesn’t ever look at the stats, ‘cuz he’s “too busy creating new content.”

    Which is what I remind myself whenever I catch myself clicking the bars a little too often…

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  136. Now you have me noticing that my blog flips me off on occasion, too. (But with probably less views than you have.)

    You opened my eyes
    to see that my blog is not
    as nice as I thought.

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  137. It’s always good to know you’re “not the only one” who does anything. My name is Armelis, and I am a sitestat addict. haha!

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  138. When life gives me the finger, I make fingeraid. It doesn’t taste very good, and it requires quite a bit of sugar to make it palatable, but once you taste it you’ll be glad I made you confused to finish the rest of this sentence. Brussel Sprouts.

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  139. congrats…. when is my day going to come..

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  140. It must be very exciting getting all these comments! Congratulations! I, too, check those stats every day and I’ve been blogging for 2 1/2 years. Yep, I’m a blogging junkie, too. Like you, I tell myself I shouldn’t be obsessed with the number of hits I get, but with the quality of my blog. This translates to nobody’s reading my blog. Actually quite a few people are. Over this whole time, I’m almost up to 38,000 hits. I don’t even know if this is impressive or not. But I love my blog and keep hoping that more people will discover it. Best of luck to you!

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  141. Hahah! Your phone is probably exploding now ;D Hope you enjoy being Freshly Pressed! I loved this entry.

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  142. Just a heads-up: My blog was on Freshly Pressed back in July (This is the post that was featured: http://wp.me/pFs3T-19p), and the spike in views was amazingly cool — but then the crash afterward was quite sobering. Ouch! I got a lot of extra looks for a few days following, but then viewing figures returned to more… uh, normal levels. I watched the stats day after day, but they never approached those epic levels again. It’s something of a tease, but hey, it’s also really fun. Enjoy it!

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  143. andydbrown

     /  January 9, 2012

    Congrats! Way to turn around a funny situation to write about it brilliantly and BAM – to be freshly pressed as a result! I didn’t get freshly pressed till 3 years after starting my blog but ever since I was, the stats have been 1000 hits and over each day. Once your blog gets picked up in the search engines (which takes time!), you’ll see the numbers skyrocket. I’m surprised by some of the negative comments that you were gracious enough to post. You total deserve being freshly pressed. Thanks for making me laugh first thing in the morning at my office desk! 🙂

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  144. I know how you feel. As a first time blogger, I check my stats probably a little too much. My material is important to me and I guess I just like to be reassured that it is important to other people too. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

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  145. DONT WORRY. this freshly pressed one will make up for it. pulling your avg way high! congrats 🙂

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  146. I love this image…My blog seems to give me the finger daily…I am addicted to stats…My friends say I have sold out, that it is all I seem to care about…But honestly, I blog becuase I love to write….You image you posted today is fantastic…Good luck on your blog journey!!

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  147. servicelearning7

     /  January 10, 2012

    I totally know how you feel! This made me laugh right out loud. Good luck with your blog, and happy freshly pressed!

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  148. Ha! You’re not alone. My blog’s flipping me the bird, too. Just keep writing, and enjoy your stats for the next few days. Congrats on being freshly pressed – it’s a HUGE finger!

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  149. Hahahaha…I related to this really well!!!!

    Tamar

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  150. Kelli Ameling

     /  January 10, 2012

    Love this post! This is exactly how I felt when I started blogging, and still feel sometimes now. I do not get to blog as much as I use to because I do not have a lot of time to put into what I want to. So, recently I have just been doing updates, which helps my stats give me “the middle finger” :c) Keep blogging I can’t wait to keep reading!

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  151. same, same,,, i check my sitestats first before anything else,, if i get nothing,,c’est la vie,, if i get 1 or 2, that’s fine,, if it’s more than that, i am happy, if it gives me the finger,, wellll,,, that would be fantastic,,,haha.. have fun!!

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  152. thank you for this funny post. I started my day with a smile on my face due to this post of yours. I am also new to blogging, just like you; so i can really get connected with this post. Best wishes for your blog, now you have lots more readers. So enjoy the moment. 🙂

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  153. It will remind me of what is possible and compel me to post more often and perhaps get more friends who will read me more than once.

    And look where it got you … Freshly Pressed! 🙂

    I’m a stats junkie, too. When it got so bad at one point, I didn’t log in for a while (which was a mere eight hours hahaha).

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  154. bladenomics

     /  January 10, 2012

    Yes the site stats do hook us up..I look it regularly like as if I m watching the stock market. 😛 But now you’re stats would have skyrocketed ! Kudos on being FP!!

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  155. I know the feeling : I am sickeningly not interesting!

    I’m always in awe of those blog sites that have fantastic viewing numbers and have the bragging right to put up the counter on their page for everybody to see.

    Ahhh…I wish I have that consistently!

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  156. Joe Labriola

     /  January 10, 2012

    I think you’re about to get another finger…haha, the more the better i guess, right??

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  157. Got to admit the title catch phrase got my attention and good to see more than one person has this problem. Congrats for getting Freshly Pressed, hope to be seeing more of you in that page. Just added you on my links page on my blog https://inkgypsys.wordpress.com. Keep up good work, I’ll be staying in tuned! 🙂

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  158. I’ve bookmarked you. I’ve got a different whip pushing my need for hits – as a new author I’m required to blog one post a day for the week’s run up to publication, ‘internet presence’ and all.
    Glad to see your light take on it all. I think I’ve found a new hero!

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  159. It use to trouble me to see a lack of activity on my WordPress blog site. I then had the thought, “Suppose my poetry work somehow saves but one life from deep depression, truly then, it was worth all the effort.”

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  160. ha ha so relate to over-checking the stats!

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  161. theophilusbob

     /  January 10, 2012

    that’s unique!

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  162. Yay! Well done you! Your stat anxiety is cured forever with the freshly pressed stamp. Pity the rest of us! Well done again. 🙂

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  163. newbingositesuk

     /  January 10, 2012

    haha my blog did this to me the other week too! Congrats on getting freshly pressed…watch your stats go crazy now!!

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  164. Just saw you on FP and love this. Will be following on to see what else is happening 🙂

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  165. booksfan13

     /  January 10, 2012

    when i first started my blog i was hoked on my site stats. i would check them 5 times a day ( i did have a life :P) and my high point was 33 views . from them i have been lucky to get 2 views a day . so best to ignore 😛

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  166. Love it! Now you can see how many stat obsessed bloggers there are in the Universe. I even delete my History as it is too embarrassing to see how many times I peek during a day!

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  167. and yet another visitor today! Hello from Bamberg, Germany!

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  168. Hilarity. This is awesome, better for the fact that you’re now freshly pressed! Congrats!

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  169. I’ve never been Freshly Pressed, but I have my own similar story. The finger is there now, taunting me, because a few weeks ago I wrote a post praising the BBC’s children’s channel, CBeebies. Somewhere along the line, the link to this post got Tweeted by a couple of the channel’s presenters, and bang, my stats go through the roof. They’re back to normal now, but wait – the scale has changed and so it looks like my blog is flatlining. It’s not, but that’s the curse of the stats page…

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  170. I can definitely relate to this post, especially in my earlier blog writing days. You’re right: the purpose for writing needs to be the writing itself. At the same time, however, it’s nice to feel that the words you’ve so carefully selected aren’t echoing out into an abyss. Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

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  171. Hahaha that was a really great read.
    I totally understand what you mean, site stats can be compared to crack, seriously. HAHAHA
    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed, your stats are on steroids atm 😉

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  172. Well, looks like you’re back in the site stat saddle again! I loved this post because it reminds me of my own trials and tribulations of querying for my novel. You’ll get a lot of interest to start, then in one fell swoop, everyone has disappeared.

    Thanks for making me chuckle today.

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  173. Hey FamilyHaikus – great blog.

    How about an update on your hits to date since being Freshly Pressed?

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  174. I got freshly pressed myself last year and like you was ticking along with a handful of visits per day when suddenly BANG!

    I think I hit 1900 visits on the first day and my inbox was overflowing with comments.

    I think that affect lasted for 3 days and then I dropped off the front screen and the hits dropped again.

    It did however mean that the graph for the month just looked crazy with 3 days of big numbers and the rest of the month with hardly enough visits to register at all.

    Well done.

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  175. Sheesh–and you got freshly pressed, too! I’ve been on WordPress for a year and haven’t had that good fortune. But congratulations–sincerely–because this is a well-written post and I COMPLETELY resonate.

    I got engaged in December and broke my record of 105 views in one day with 226 or something that day. Today I’ve had 3. I’m not even sure that counts as a finger . . . but as you say, eventually that crazy-stat day will disappear from my page . . .

    Funny! 🙂

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  176. Congratulations on getting freshly pressed!! I just started my blog a couple of days ago, and wow! are those stats addicting! I check it twice before I go to bed, once when I wake up and twice at lunch time. Talk about addicting. I’m a long away from having freshly pressed success, though, haha. But CONGRATULATIONS again!:)

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  177. manpos

     /  January 10, 2012

    I feel your pain. I think wordpress should disable the stats until you get to a certain daily average, as looking at that pathetic bar chart is killing me! Well done on getting pressed though, that should certainly help!

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  178. Well, now that you’re on Freshly Pressed you can enjoy happier blog stats…and your blog must be giving you an exceptionally long finger for today! 😛 Congratz!

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  179. I watch my stats and see zero views. I started my blog as an experiment in whether by telling noone that you exist will you be discovered. So yeah if a tree falls in the woods, what sound does it make? How’d you manage a freshly pressed?

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  180. A Frog at Large

     /  January 10, 2012

    Congratulations! You’ve been blogging for two weeks and you get Freshly Pressed? I suspect it’s not just the blog that’s giving you the finger right now 😀

    I got excited because I just posted something and had two comments straight away – well, two pingbacks to other posts of mine anyway, it’s not quite the same…

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  181. luokeshan

     /  January 10, 2012

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!
    I had fun reading your post. 😀

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  182. Now that this becomes Freshly Pressed, stats will surely be giving you a thumb up. 🙂

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  183. Congratulations on getting freshly pressed 🙂

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  184. Great haiku, and funny post! With you being Freshly Pressed, your stats may just give you a huge middle finger. Congrats!

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  185. I LOVE this! I am you…just two weeks behind you! Started at the New Year. Not a resolution…”No Resolutions!”…merely just a project. Now I feel like I’m on crack with these stats. Keep up the good work!!!!

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  186. Your blog likes you

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  187. msdee115

     /  January 10, 2012

    I love it! I feel your pain and your pride!!!! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed my writing friend.

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  188. hulahopki

     /  January 10, 2012

    Nice way to attract visitors, you actually succeeded it seems. Congrats. BTW your writing is very easy to swallow, I mean… it’s great 🙂

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  189. I love this post! It helped me laugh at myself too. I just started my blog on New Year’s Eve and found myself sucked into the Site Stats page as well… checking it on my iPhone every 15 minutes at times! It is nice to be reminded of why we are really doing this. Of course it is still exciting to be on Freshly Pressed and see those stats rise! Congratulations!

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  191. Ooooooo don’t I know the feeling!! Humor and humility is key to blog survival. Those stats can be your ruin and damnation. STATS BE GONE!!!!

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  192. Don’t fret, you’re on Freshly Pressed. So you are about to get a really big finger. 🙂

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  193. Lol that was funny story. Even i am kinda worried some times that the stats would not increase. Perhaps i am not doing enough advertising? No idea!

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  194. syla

     /  January 10, 2012

    Nice post. Greetings from Poland 🙂 Can you imagine, now people all over the world are reading your blog. So now you can give the finger ;D

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  195. Puts all the feelings of a fresh blogger on the page. Wait till you sniff the stuff of comments. Oh man, That’s addictive. Especially when you don’t get any. 😉

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  196. Keep it up! mate! I just started my blog just for the sake of writing. I alswo like the statics, but my objective is to write one story a day for the 366 days this year will bring. It is something like a new year resolution. I know that not many readers will have the push to reaqd me everyday, but I do not really care…
    I´ll see you arond and just keep having fun writing, you make me happy reading this blog! Thank you…

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  197. I use to feel the exact same way and became overly obsessed about my blog. I had to remove myself from the stats b/c my focus became just those stats and not the content…I am glad you made it on Freshly Pressed…get it girl!

    Mannie

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  198. Lol. I thought I had a problem when I keep on coming back only to realize my stat is not going higher.. But after reading this post and everyone’s respond, I feel so much better.. Site stat go to hell. Write with a smile, and visit heaven with me, lol.
    btw, congrats on being Freshly Pressed! 🙂 I hope my time will come.. someday. ^^

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  199. Site Stats are number crack. Remember your steps!

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  200. You are so in trouble now! Getting on Freshly Pressed is the biggest buzz EVER! You will be so pumped by your incredible “finger” that you will want this for the rest of your blogging life. (But you write in such a funny wonderful way, that I’m sure you’ll get a wonderful following who will stay with you through the tides of blogging, up and down, up and down.)

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  201. Thank you so much for posting this! I too was thinking I was a failure because I was addicted to my site stats. I began my blog on Dec 14 and had a “high” day about a week and a half later with 69 views (I thought that was low). A friend encouraged me to share it with all of my friends, so finally I did (little nervous sharing with people close). 140 views! 11 followers and all kinds of encouragement. Then the dropoff back to 30-40 a day, then the drop off… failure I thought. I stopped posting. Now I see mine are actually ABOVE average, thanks for letting me know! I think I’ll write today!

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  202. I love this. I get the finger in stats all the time. You did get freshly pressed. That will be a boost. I do the weekly photo challenge on WordPress. I visit everyone on the whole list who joins it. I leave a comment on every one. Sometimes 100 or 200 blogs. I am lucky to get 20 comments back. People love comments, but they don’t like to give them out. I have found some good blogs though.

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  203. I had (and still have, I think) the exact same blog stats addiction. The Internet is amazing in that it can show you the true reach you have as a writer, in a way that print publications simply can’t match. I wish you the best of luck as a blogger, although by the looks of the reader response to this post, you will have no trouble succeeding!

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  204. You got a high spike in views? Lucky dude…

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  205. This is too funny! Thanks for the laugh, and yes, now I will always think of you when looking at my stats!

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  206. I loved your post!! Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!! Your post has just echoed the thoughts of all bloggers. I just started blogging (again, because I’m still adjusting to the move from pen and paper), and every time I see my stats go up even by 1, I really want to break out into song and dance 😉 Do continue writing. I’m sure your stats will change from giving you the finger, to giving you a high five 🙂 Can’t wait to read more from you!

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  207. Well you hit it big on this one! Wondering like others what happens to numbers after this? I had a high of 94 though now WP says 83 wonder what happened there, hanging chads? I hit the doldrums and don’t post as much as I used too. When I do I get a spike. I guess that’s me fingering myself for not posting often enough. ENJOY!

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  208. Thank you for a funny post.
    As noted above you will get a rather nasty and long finger for today as being freshly pressed.

    I hope I will get a finger one day on my own blog. I guess though that would require something on the order of 50K views for a day.

    Also, it gave me a rather humbling moment about how many fine bloggers struggle. I started my own blog with a rather large following to beginn with, and had a 4K first day. In an odd sense of it wish I had gotten the experience of seeing it grow from just a few instead.

    Good luck and hope you get few fingers, and a steady and high level instead.

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  210. This one, is an absolute thumbs up !!!!

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  211. That is great, and I am the same way about the site stats. Definitely hooked, and wish I had more time to spend on the blog, but I also realize that it’s about quality and not quantity and I’m okay with that too. Great post 🙂

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  212. My thoughts exactly! WordPress must be giving you the high five now instead of the finger, which it’s still giving me from time to time. =P

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  213. I Love this post!! You have a great voice, I will definitely be back to read more. And I wonder what number you’re at now that you’ve been “freshly pressed”? Congrats!

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  214. Kaiwin

     /  January 10, 2012

    Can’t complain about not enough views now!
    Judging by this post though, you were always going to get lots of readers, you’re sooo good at writing! Love ya work mate.

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  215. This can’t be helping your addiction. Great post, made me laugh. 🙂

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  216. hahahahah. That’s funny.

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  217. lol I love the ‘finger’ graph!

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  218. I think all new bloggers get stats obsessed at one point. It’s part of the right of passage of blogging. Let us know how your stats go with this post.

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  219. Wow! You have only had this blog for 23 days and you are already Freshly Pressed? Amazing! I’m totally jealous. I’m giving you the finger now. Can you see it?????
    Congratulations. Really.

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  220. I enjoyed every bit of it. A real masterpiece of simplicity, the same thing that makes it super humorous 🙂 keep it up! Looking forward to the next entry.

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  221. Congrats! My type of blog. Easy reading and fun! Spot on about the stat checking also. I had to let my wife read it as she was getting on my case for a bit because of my constant checking. I said ‘See, I’m not the only one who is obsessed. Now comes the hard part, duplicating and maintaining this standard. You can do it! I’ll be watching you…(I meant as in following you) 🙂

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  222. Har-de-har-har! Too funny! . . . I can so relate!! I’m a site stat junkie, too!

    http://arabianmusings.wordpress.com/

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  223. Well congrats on being Freshly Pressed! What a great reminder! I only started out my blog in June of last year and I’m started at 3 posts a week, going down to 1 per week (if I’m lucky). I’m not much of a writer, so I need to think of the FUN aspect of it. I wonder how many views you will have today!!

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  224. Ha! No beginner blogger can say he is innocent! We are all guilty of this.

    But i guess your traffic stats has shot up now your post got featured on wordpress.com homepage.

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  225. 1. congrats on being FP… and yeah, what katemai said about only having the blog for 23 days!
    2. I bet it will suck going from a gajillion views because of FP back to whatever low number you think is too low because you have now been FP, =)

    I subscribed to you anyway. I like the idea of haikus leading into a blog post… I was always a big haiku writer as a kid. Filled one of those composition books with them when I was like… I dunno, 8?

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  226. Seems by the sight of this comment roll, that your fears are unsubstantiated. Write on!

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  227. Freshly pressed quite quickly, congrats. Took me all year!

    http://midnightwatcher.wordpress.com/

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  228. guess you are on cloud nine now. it must be awfully good to be freshly pressed 🙂
    congrats on that.
    and yes, we all get hooked on to the stats. i’m not any different. i wake up to check the stats. the last thing i do before sleeping is check the stats 😀

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  229. Whoaaa!! Ha ha ha!!

    That’s some screen shot!! 🙂

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  230. victorytragedy

     /  January 10, 2012

    I can sympathize on the site stats. I would, however, prefer WordPress to give me the finger rather than a blank stare on any day of the week. (As in no bars even surfacing above the zero mark.) Congrats on your post becoming Freshly Pressed, it looks like you’ll be getting high-fives from stats for quite some time.

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  231. Don’t take it personally.

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  232. Hello! I really enjoy your blog and your posts! I am nominating you for Versatile Blogger. Heres a link for more details. http://knockaroundmeg.wordpress.com/2012/01/10/nomination-whaaa/

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  233. First day and I have no idea how anyone is even going to find me. Intimidating. Pretty cool reference with the finger though.

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  234. Oh my gosh how I can relate to this. I am not a writer, but I love to write so I started my blog(s) back in November. I do this for the sheer fun and love of it. Stats mean nothing to me – RIGHT!!! I started checking stats several times a day. I never reached more than about 11 views, but hey, that was an awesome day. I was on top of the world. The next day, and the next ,and the next – 1-4 views. I suck, no one cares, what made me think this was even a fun, good idea.
    I post on one blog EVERYDAY. I write about the different songs I wake up with in my head everyday. I don’t write much, but still, it is time consuming. So to pour my heart into something that no one appreciates in the slightest is becoming a bit depressing. Yesterday I climbed to 7 views. Oh I was soooo happy, ready to start writing again.
    It is a pretty pathetic thing when my happiness is completely dependent upon finding a bar that day. ( unless of course it is an actual brick and mortar type bar, then I guess that might bring me some happiness and something to post about too)

    Any way – congratulations to you.

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  235. jezerae

     /  January 10, 2012

    I haven’t reached 100 views in a day yet, but I have definitively gotten the “finger” myself especially over the holidays.

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  236. Share the Love

     /  January 10, 2012

    This just encouraged me to blog more often 🙂 Congratulation on getting freshly pressed!

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  237. Many Congrats! Freshly pressed so soon? Just shows what an excellent blog (and talent) you have! Very much looking forward to reading more……

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  238. So… I guess now your blog is getting a hardon

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  239. This blog had over 500 likes. You are doing fine. If you want more readers, read others’ blogs and sign up for the ones you like. They will probably reciprocate. You gradually get more readers.

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  240. All good things come in time, I wonder what shape your stats show now?

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  241. hahahha nice catch amazing 🙂

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  242. Well it happens to all of us… sometimes happy stats days, sometimes eheh sad down stats days, it’s addicting but a good one…enjoy it

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  243. Well, you’ve certainly got me hooked with this post. 😀 love it!

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  244. So funny! I too began my blog in December and am obsessing over stats.

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  245. Hilarious! I’m glad I’m not the only one who checks the WordPress app with a religious fervor.

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  246. Agree with your post. This is my second blog and I began getting views upwards of 200 then sank back down to 50-60 and it made me less motivated. But you are dead on that its about writing and not the numbers. http://anabolicinstinct.wordpress.com/

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  247. I’ll never look at my site stats the same way again – thanks for the laugh!

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  248. I hope it makes you feel better to know that this particular blog post inspired me to leave my very first comment on wordpress. I, too, am new to the blogging world. And for the past 2 days, I keep checking my stats…darn numbers.

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  249. I love everyone who blogs at Word Press! I wish I had the capacity to say thank you to each and every post, but my kids and husband are all a little tired of the excitement and I have to get back to working while at work. Me? I’m still on cloud nine…

    The finger is now gone — all is a bumpy flatline (to borrow from one of you) save these two days of many views. I’ll call that a peace sign, signally I’m making peace with the stats and just enjoying my luck.

    Thanks for making this fun!

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  250. Sayig, “I can relate!” is a severe understatement. I am ever alert and constantly checking for more views. An addiction to knowing your wrting is worthy of someones time seems slightly outlandish, but it’s very real. I’ve yet to hit 100 hits on any single blog, but I’ve watched steadily increasing numbers and I grow an exuberant manner. Numbers started with a measely 7 hits for myself on my first day, but since then I’ve blossomed and now I watch as numbers climb to 25, 30, 35 and further. It is a great feeling to see you have a knack for something you’re so passionate of. Great post!

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  251. The Rusty Fork

     /  January 10, 2012

    As a fellow new-blogger, I too have been watching the stats with longing. And mine too have been giving me the finger. Then I learned that we “contribute” to our own stats when we visit our own blogs.

    So, it turns out: I am giving myself the finger.

    Committing to blogging for a year could very well turn into a lonely adventure!

    I do like your blog though..the design, the concept, the good writing.

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  252. So true. Been through the same thing. While I still check on the stats, I don’t let the numbers bother me – I get the finger all the time especially since I post about once a week. Like you, I write because I love to and that’s kept me going for 4 months now.

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  253. I thought my stats (quite similar to those you pictured) were just telling me I was Number One! 😉

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  254. So simple yet so true. I am an obsessive stat watcher too, and also grumpy about not being Freshly Pressed after 80 posts since September. But you know, you are right, it is so silly. Before I blogged a whopping nobody read my writing, because I wasn’t writing. Now I am writer no matter how many people see it…I know it. Kudos to you and your sharp wit. One day you will look back on that finger and thank it.

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  255. I too was addicted to my stats but now I’ve given them a rest. It was funny to read!

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  256. Dan

     /  January 10, 2012

    Totally worth the downswing just for that graphic!

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  257. Howdy–just wanted to tell you that I enjoyed your blog, and wish you continued success.

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  258. Whoa. What a popular post for a new blogger! Congrats to you. Not gonna lie, it pretty much makes me jealous, but your blog is so relate-able to all of us, so naturally it’s a winner. (I am finding that Jesus (who I blog about) isn’t really that popular after all- at least not like giving people fingers! I guess I gotta remember that they killed Jesus.) … It’s so easy to get addicted to the stats and then we feel like it’s a drug that we can’t find a dealer for… God have mercy on us bloggers. Amen!

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  259. Great post and congrats of being Freshly Pressed! It’s easy to get sucked into the stats, isn’t it? I love that you’ve found humor in your stats. 🙂

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  260. Teen Curiosity

     /  January 10, 2012

    hey i really enjoyed your blog. i just started blogging and you might find it interesting. If you have sometime give it a look thanks. 🙂

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  261. LOVE this post…my stats flip my off constantly. I guess it is part of the game. Welcome to the world of blogging…and to many more finger flips on your stats page.

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  262. Haha this gave me a great chuckle. I literally just created my blog minutes ago, I clicked on humor and this is the first thing I read. So if its of any help, your my first read blog and it made me laugh.

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  263. Yeah, not really sure what you’re complaining about here (I mean this light heartedly). I’m starting to think I’ve brought a plate of ham sandwiches to a Jewish wedding – my blog that is. Congrats, and what an irony.

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  264. jeb1111

     /  January 11, 2012

    Considering I just gave you “Like” number 598, I don’t think you have to worry any more about an insufficient people viewing your blog! Ahaha!
    But I think I suffer from the same addition to blog stats! I am checking my stats daily in order to see who and how many people have checked out my posts and page. It is really fascinating to see who views and likes your posts, and what you might have in common with that person when you get to visit their page.
    Best of luck on boosting your stats! I hope your blog is no longer giving you “the finger…” And congrats on getting a “Freshly Pressed!”

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  265. How refreshing your post is. And you know what’s interesting, I bet you know exactly what I mean! Best of luck!

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  266. Congrats on being on ‘Freshly Pressed’ just two months into blogging!

    My blog is giving me the finger too. 75 views on January 2, 2012. On an average I never get more than 10-15 views per day.

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  267. pursuingthemuse

     /  January 11, 2012

    I laughed myself silly reading this post (and got a little scared that perhaps you had crawled inside my head!) I also love haiku and look forward to reading more of yours. I’ve only posted one on my site but you are inspiring me to write more.

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  268. Hilarious (spoken by a former WP finger checker). You’d better believe I still check but not before I pee or before I go to bed. It’s random checks and more to get rid of the spam in my ham folder. Good luck! Write for yourself and enough people will enjoy your humor! Of course, they’ll want to subscribe 🙂

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  269. If you were a figure skater and I were a judge on the panel, I would be holding up a “10” right about now. Welcome to the Olympics, my friend. That post was grrreat! 🙂

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  270. “my blog is giving me the finger” sounds like something a person with my twisted sense of reality would write/say, so i stopped by…lol. as i can see by reading some of the other comments, i am far from being the only one who lingers in the “who visited me, where are they from, what did they read” universe, which is why i believe WP is so successful, it offers us little toys that open up into the little online universes we have created for ourselves, where, regardless of personalities, beliefs, etc, we are all in the same cosmos, innocently just wanting to know who else is out there, in our own little ways. its as if the world around us stops, the insanity and craziness slows, and we step inside, without being lost in some ‘alice and wonderland’ world, being sucked in to a vortex of babble, aka the TV.

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  271. Simply mind refreshing thought…:) amazing observation..

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  272. Flippin stats!! LOL

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  273. That is funny…I wonder how many times my Stats gave me a finger too. time to investigate. Thanks for a great “ha,ha,ha” morning! Best wishes for 2012…

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  274. Your stats should look like a butt now. Nice and curvy between the two peaks… Let us know, we’re all dying to see what you’re going to write about that!

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  275. Pissant Partisan

     /  January 11, 2012

    Mine peaked on day one then fell into the sea like Atlantis, just making a few ripples here and there from then on ;), too many Chiefs and not enough Indians I guess!

    So long as you aren’t one of those people who like every blog they come across to get more views you’re doing just fine as far as I’m concerned.

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    • My blog is kind of a niche blog so I have grown comfortable not seeing much traffic but I had to laugh because my discovery of the site stats feature has also been my undoing no matter how shallow the valleys are. I also get a chuckle reading the key words that were put into the search engines that directed someone to my site as well..

      And your last statement Pissant Partisan is exactly how I feel. I love to read the “Freshly Pressed” blogs because you get such a wide array of topics and observations. Sometimes I feel like I should comment but sometimes I just read them and move on. Should I add something witty to a blog about collecting gum wrappers when I have no interest? Sometimes I also read something that sounds great and it leads me to further explore their blog only to discover they are the blogging equivalent to Kajagoogoo – a one hit wonder! No comment for you! I would rather let someone find my blog in a more natural manner.

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  276. I bet your site stats are looking more like a staircase now! Congrats on being freshly pressed. Awesome and hilarious post!

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  277. astonishingash

     /  January 11, 2012

    You gave words to my feelings… That’s exactly what happened with me!
    But now even i’m determined to welcome WordPress’ finger and replace it with mine.. _¦_

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  278. Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again very soon!

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  279. lol please update us on how many views you have now 🙂 i’m sure freshly pressed has made this sky-rocket! well done 🙂

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  280. This post made my day in so many ways! I’m an avid haiku-er myself, and thoroughly enjoyed your humorous take on the site stats dilemma. Keep up the lighthearted and amazing writing 🙂

    Cheers!

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  281. it is very nice post, simply amazing

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  282. coribaum

     /  January 11, 2012

    Will being on Freshly Pressed help your count, or just make a new finger? 😉

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  283. Too funny. Watching site stats = narcissist? I so empathize and mine hardly ever gets enough to make an entire finger- much less a hand w/ knuckles! 🙂 Congrats on FP- that says alot!

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  284. I didn’t think of it that way until now… but I get the finger on my stats too sometimes. Very nice post! 🙂

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  285. Haha love the bit about “pretty is on the inside” – so true!

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  286. misfit120

     /  January 11, 2012

    Well…..getting one finger is better than getting the entire hand…..: )

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  287. Such a cute post! You have a very genuine and humorous voice. I look forward to reading more. Congratulations on becoming Freshly Pressed!

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  288. I totally get you! LOL!

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  289. just realised that i have couple of them in my blog!! Its like with both the hands LOL…..

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  290. I had to laugh at this one. I’m the same way! Good reminder about the humility bit. And then yeah…keep working. Keep up the good blogging.

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  291. I can soooo relate! I’m new to blogging, too and have to resist the urge to define myself and my blog by my stats! I just keep telling myself that I just need to keep writing the messages on my heart and don’t pay much attention to the numbers. I just need to keep going forward and whatever happens happens.

    Thanks for your encouragement!

    Have a lovely day,
    Darling

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  292. Well, after this day, you’d be getting a very LOOOOOOOOOOOONG finger! 🙂

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  293. How brilliant is that? There is nothing worse then your own blog telling you where to go. Thanks for the giggle.

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  294. Okay…so I’ve had this initial goal since I started this blog thing on December 31st to get 100 views in one day (Why? I don’t know). I got up this morning to IMMEDIATELY check my stats for yesterday…99. I think I want to shoot myself!!!! :0/

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  295. Hey, I’ve just started a blog too. I liked reading yours so I’m telling you. I guess that’s the kind of thing bloggers do huh? And I’m going to have a go at your daily haiku thing; nice touch. And I’ll link to your blog from mine (if I can work out how to do that), and then maybe you’ll link to mine. I think that’s also how it works. Like I said, I’m kinda new to this.

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  296. hahahaha… I could related it with. Earlier, I had a similar experience. Even now sometimes, the readership dwindles and then… you know what happens…

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  297. I’ve had my blog for some time now and can relate with you…congrats on being “freshly pressed”….watch those site stat numbers RISE to this occasion!

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  298. I am as equally addicted to site stats and my blog has also given me a big ‘ole finger as well. 🙂 But look at you now! Go ahead and give the finger right back. 😉

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  299. Your title is what grabbed me first LOL Yep, I’ve gotten the finger from my stats and it used to be painful. Love your blog!!

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  300. Hahaha… the finger… LOVE it!
    Yep, somedays I wonder why I bother if no one is going to read it.
    Then I realize,

    I’m doing this for ME… not for anyone else. 🙂

    Keep going – you’re awesome!

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  301. This post is funny.. Congratulations for being freshly pressed.. 🙂

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  302. Well, looking at all these comments, you’ve cracked a market with a post about failing a blog. Irony can be beautiful sometimes.

    It did make me feel a bit better about getting 76 views on my first day though so thank you.

    All in all, just keep putting posts out there, remain frequent and you’ll eventually get popular. It’s a waiting game and I, personally, love it.

    Liked and Followed. The post tells me you’re an interesting, intelligent person.

    TheAmazingJoLuCo
    http://inexplicablyinsane.com/insanity/

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  303. Too funny!
    I’ve had the same experience – albeit a shorter finger! Which means that my readership is less than enthusiastic even on my so-called good days! smh ….
    Oh well, still pressing on and praying that I’m creating content that more folks will want to read one day. Until then, I’ll work on keeping and being thankful for my precious few! 🙂

    Congrats on being freshly pressed! (Another concept I’m not sure I understand but apparently everyone else does so I’m going with it!) 🙂

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  304. Nooooo! Now all I can see on my stats page is a big old finger. 🙂

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  305. Yes, it is addicting. Yes I watch my stats obsessively too. Is there a 12 step program for this?

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  306. Lol, too funny! Great writing, can definitely sympathize!

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  307. I think when you enter the blogging world your insecurities are magnified. We are all on here because we believe we are good writers, well, what if most of the world thinks you are a terrible writer? what then, how do you come to terms with your talentlessness? I started blogging January 3rd… I have two site views and one follower (myself). So, I think it is safe to say that my blog must be giving me TWO GIANT MIDDLE FINGERS. Congratulations and hopefully you can give me a little advice on how to garner viewership.

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    • Hi. Luck has been huge for me… Before that i shared blight links for each posting on Facebook and twitter. That got me started with a few reads each post… Then we are back at lack, i’m afraid…

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  308. There’s no need to worry about your current lull in action. Not everything you write is gonna be a smashing success. Keep doing what you love! You’ll get where you need to be!

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  309. Pissant Partisan

     /  January 14, 2012

    theevelynroseeffect,

    I checked out your blog and I think your problem may be because you haven’t tagged any of your posts, so they wont be on the global tag listings so no-one (by no-one I mean casual browsers) will be able to find them. Unless of course I’m just being a total wordpress n00b and I’ve missed something big.

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    • Pissant Partisan, I think you are absolutely right. I am a novice. Actually, if there is anything lower than a novice I would fall under that category. Family haiku’s post gave the inspiration to take a closer look at my page design as well as how efficiently I utilize the tools wordpress provides. Hopefully, by the end of 2012 I’ll have at least mastered the tag option… we’ll see

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  310. Sympathy from a stat whore:)

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  311. Robert Gregory

     /  January 15, 2012

    Hahaha…Since I started mine on December 21st, my blog has given me a few middle fingers! Some days I get 10 views, some days I get 90. It is just hit and miss, really. But, I try not to worry too much about my following, since I am so new… The friend that prompted me to do this blog was correct. It takes a long while to develop a real following. But, just be persistent. It will happen (I have this faith about my blog – yours will follow suit as well. 🙂 ). Anyway, good luck with yours, and I intend to read more when I have more time.

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  312. Wow, I just started a new blog. I can’t imagine getting the kind of response you have had. I am really impressed. I hope that you enjoy the writing aspect as much as the “applause”. I really enjoyed this article. Nice blog. Keep writing and enjoy the process along the way.

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  313. Too funny! I think my blog is giving me a fist. Like it’s going to punch me in the face if I don’t get it noticed soon. Oh well, it’s a fight and I’m in it to win it.

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  314. Lol! It seems as if there are a number of new bloggers out there this year. I am a “new” return blogger. I used to blog on myspace back in 2003, but now that the myspace hype is over, and I am just starting my author career, it is timee to settle down & blog seriously.

    Those pesky site stats are quite addicting 🙂 but it can be an emotional boost. Consider me a new follower 🙂

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  315. I am also relatively new to the blogging world and I am absolutely obsessed with site stats. I literally check them at least five times a day. There is no greater thrill than watching the numbers climb higher and higher.

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  316. Wonderful post. Made me smile & laugh.
    Thank you.

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  317. Starting my place in “blog land” and read you first… wanted to share… and love the finger piece 🙂

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  318. I think your blog is giving ME the finger, because I’ve never seen stats like that. Either I’m doing something wrong or my writing is terrible (don’t answer that).

    Take the good days buddy!

    Anyway, you’re blog is a good read. I’ll keep returning. Now back to staring at my own stats. Or perhaps I’ll watch the grass grow instead.

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  319. Feeling your pain…. New to WordPress myself…Ben at blogspot for a while, after mt son informed me I would like this more… He was correct but now I have a stat addiction!!! Oh geez, it’s always something! I am a preacherswife si I got it in spades! Good writing, enjoyed as well as …HELLO…. my name is Rosemary and I am stats-aholic!

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  320. That’s what my stats looked like yesterday! Bravo sir for posting about it. LOL.
    http://jaketravellingtheworld.wordpress.com/

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  321. apennyrich

     /  January 16, 2012

    Just started blogging and have already found the site stats addiction- I also am getting the finger. 🙂 Thanks for your post!

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  322. parentingalive

     /  January 16, 2012

    I read this post and then went and created my own middle finger blog post!!!!

    You inspired me with your honesty!!! I even linked to you on my “People That Inspire Me” page because, well, you did inspire me.

    I had my middle finger day yesterday with almost 700 views of my Blog “Grim Reaper Girl” in one day. Thank you for being a part of encouraging me to brave and daring, speak from my heart & my own life, to be willing to be vulnerable. I never expected it would mean my Blog would give me the middle finger too! LOL! But I love it!!!!!!!!

    Let’s follow each other’s journeys…turn our towers into skylines, whadya say?! =)
    http://meganaronson.wordpress.com/

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  323. I started my blog roughly the same time you did, and had exactly the same experience. Every time I publish a new post, I sit and stare at the site stats. And I refer to my blog (to myself) as The Narcissism Project. 🙂

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  324. I think all bloggers can identify with this! Hilarious! 🙂

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  325. yvrdad

     /  January 18, 2012

    That’s funny! Nice post. We just started blogging too, and I also keep looking at the stats.

    Your next post should be your description on how you are dealing with all the comments!

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  326. I can completely understand the word press addiction! I have no doubt that your views have gone way up! But alas, will this be cause for word press giving you the finger again? Good luck to you, I wish you many views, and well read posts!

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  327. Very amusing I started 9th Jan and have no idea wtf I am doing but I found the stats pretty quickly and have been checking it several times a day which is a good thing as it is the only way my stats are improving. Your blog gave me a laugh. So will read your blogs and hopefully figure out a little more about this wonderful alternate universe.

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  328. Rhemzis

     /  January 20, 2012

    Nice read! Can’t wait to read your next post on having to deal with a supertall of a day’s views!

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  329. I’m laughing at stat addiction! I started shortly after you and was immediately hooked too! Congratulations on getting 100+ – I haven’t gone past 80… yet!!

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  330. heh…really funny

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  331. Based on the response to this post you are not alone. What a hilarious look into the world of stats. I will say this, your a great writer and I totally enjoyed you getting the finger.

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  332. hawkdad73

     /  January 21, 2012

    it is so easy to get addicted to the numbers. I enjoyed reading this.

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  333. Haha, this post is great! Seems that you’ve been getting a lot more viewers recently. I am new around here too, so I look forward to the day my blog stats will give me the finger 😉

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  334. Heck my blog gives me the finger all the time too! Lol.Seriously though you write very good. I enjoyed reading your post. It was very humorus to me.

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  335. angelagoesblogging

     /  January 22, 2012

    im pleased for you that your getting lots of views. im new at this to but not gettin views or comments 😦

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  336. twintrons

     /  January 22, 2012

    Lol, nicely said. I recently started a blog, and now, I’m hooked. I look at the stats but am nowhere near yours after a day or two. I must be doing something wrong, hmm? Oh well, I will continue, in hopes of getting the desires within of writing out to the world. Thanks for your post.

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  337. Gabe Kahan

     /  January 22, 2012

    Great Story! I’m amazed that you managed to get to 102 views, how many people did you invite to go see it? I haven’t made it past 22!
    Check me out, I’m also an aspiring writer!

    Gabe Kahan
    gabekahan.com

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  338. Ha! I thought I was the only one obsessed with Site Stats, as well! It gets sort of like Facebook or Twitter sometimes, when you start basing on the number of views (or friends, followers, etc) on your popularity. But then you remember not to let your head get to you and remember that you were here in the first place: to write. Wonderful post, and congrats for being pressed!

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  339. Reblogged this on yourwordshere and commented:
    Ah the blogosphere

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  340. ah yes, the stats finger. I admit, I am far to familiar with Mr. blog stats rude antics.

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  341. Lyka Ricks

     /  January 24, 2012

    The heart and soul of blogging is the individual and/or the group of individuals opining on the fly and responding post-haste to one and all.~Michael Conniff obtained from Blogging
    Quotes

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  342. I think you showed your blog who’s boss, and won this round!

    Congrats on being fresh pressed!!!

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  343. this is awesome.

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  344. Cool..Started having the WordPress experience with my own blog at thescienceofd.wordpress.com and having a look at all those stats. True, felt like a junkie before reading your post! Keep up the good work.

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