31 Days Blog Challenge ~ Be Found Online :: Be Blog FamousYep, another blog challenge! YAY!  There is still time to sign up – click on the image to the top left. It will bring you right to the site 🙂

This challenge is hosted by Lisbeth Tanz and Michelle Shaeffer and comes around every August. This is my 2nd time — I was part of the 2010 challenge. Wow … that seems so long ago! LOL

The 31 Days Blog Challenge actually is a little different from the Ultimate Blog Challenge. It is about 6 weeks long with weekends off! YAY And it actually follows an amazing book by ProBlogger’s Darren Rowse called 31 Days to Build a Better Blog (#31DBBB).

31 Days Blog Challenge ~ Day 1

“Stats Can Be Fun!” pg 131 (#31DBBBDay30)

For this challenge, I am using my Google Analytics and Alexa. My Virgo tendencies have me slightly “obsessing” over these stats but, I promise, I am getting better.

No … stats really aren’t fun. And no, I’m not going to be transparent about my stats right now 🙁 They are really, really sad. But … and there is a fabulous but here — I know what I need to do and that is what counts!

My goal during this challenge is to grow my following and increase my “list”. I also want to be more consistent in my blogging. I have a list of things I want to share — things I know that will be helpful to others!

Do the stats really matter? For some,  it does — it’s what brings home the bacon. For others — not really! Right now I’m in the “not really” stage. Come back in a year … My thoughts may be different! LOL I just need to stop obsessing about it o.O

Resources used on Blogging w/ Gypsy for tracking stats:

  • JetPack — Bring the power of the WordPress.com cloud to your self-hosted WordPress. Jetpack enables you to connect your blog to a WordPress.com account to use the powerful features normally only available to WordPress.com users.
  • Web Ninja Google Analytics — this plugin has a little bit more information that you can see on your WP dashboard.
  • Google Analytics for WordPress by Yoast — Track your WordPress site easily and with lots of metadata: views per author & category, automatic tracking of outbound clicks and pageviews.

Do you have some way of checking stats on your blog? What are your favorite ways of tracking? Tell me I’m not the only one who secretly obsesses over those numbers!

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