Numbers are everywhere
In the real world, we use numbers for our age, our weight, our size, our wages, our eye sight, the time, the speed at which we drive, how we’re graded in school, for the price of things, and the list goes on.
It’s often written, “numbers don’t lie”.
But, we know they can.
It’s no surprise numbers are a tool of measurement in blogosphere.
A lot of bloggers measure their success by their numbers.
With blogs we have our visitor counts, page views, comment counts, feed reader subscribers, an Alexa rating, Google page rank, a bounce rate and if we monetize a blog, how much money we make.
With social networking sites there are the number of whom we follow, how many follow us and how many updates we’ve made.
In life, many people use numbers to compare themselves to others and/or to boast. It is often because of “the numbers”, some end up with an inferiority complex. In blogosphere it appears to be more of the same.
Since I’ve been blogging I have looked at the earnings, comment count, RSS reader count, Alexa ranking and/or Google page rank of others with thoughts ranging from “I’m impressed”, to “I’m envious” to “Those look like they’ve been manipulated”, to “I don’t care” and everything in between.
In some aspects I like that others show their statistics as it gives me an idea of what a blog is capable of. But on the other hand, I haven’t liked the negative emotions the numbers can ignite.
What about you?
When you see the numbers for other blogs, what is your first reaction/feeling?
Have you seen instances where numbers are posted, but they’ve proven to be incorrect?
Raise your hand and share your thoughts.
For great articles of how blog numbers can lie, see: