It’s time to dig deep, and peel back the layers on Reading in Bed. Yep, we’re looking at blog statistics*!
I recently hit a significant milestone over on YouTube. 500 subscribers. Halfway to an almost-medium-sized-Booktube-account, still absolutely nothing in the larger YouTube ecosystem.
YouTube is all about the “like and subscribe”, but bloggers don’t really talk about follower counts or number of likes. I can easily find out who the big Booktube accounts are (or try the new Booktuber Catalog on Discord, learn more here), but it’s difficult to get a read on book blogs (there’s this list, but it doesn’t differentiate between corporate entities – like, yeah, Book Riot is riddled with typos, but it’s not *actually* a blog).
So in the interest of opening up a dialogue, and because I’m nosy as hell and hope that some of you out there decide to share a bit, here’s a peek at where I’m at with ye olde bloge:
First things first: In sevenish years, I’ve racked up 107K views and 66K visitors. My best day ever is still the day I was a guest on The Candy Show on CBC (which has since gone away, but she’s on Booktube!)
Okay, this graphic (above) is fascinating (to me). It’s one of the only ones I can get to show me back to 2011. I pulled some decent numbers in 2013-2015, and have been coasting since, despite a couple months-long breaks and far fewer posts.
Followers on WordPress is… a fucked up stat. WordPress is trying to tell me (and you, it displays this on my homepage) that I have 2,726 followers, but that’s including my Twitter followers, (“Social”), which it insists on including if you link your Twitter account. Actually, I have 990 followers, and damn right I will celebrate if I hit 1,000, even though it’s not the norm in book blog land!
And well, since we’re being nosy, and since I mostly talk about books on other social media, here are some other stats from around the internet:
Nine years on Twitter, 1,735 followers
Seven years here on WordPress, 990 followers (listed properly on the stats page!)
Five years on Instagram, 339 followers
Three years on YouTube, 517 subscribers
So, book bloggers, spill: how many years have you been at it, and how many followers do you really have? How many are email, how many are WordPress? Do you ever feel like everything you do is futile? Just kidding, kind of!
*Keep in mind that when I say “blog”, I mean WordPress blog. Yeah, I’m a WordPress snob.