I am not a woman who understands many things involving numbers. I've never been a numbers person and most of the time I don't really care (although I firmly believe that if a person is mathematically and scientifically inclined, he/she can do anything he/she wants to do. I'm a little envious of the math/science crowd, but perhaps that's a topic for another post). When Google Analytics came out, all the people "in the know" encouraged everyone to use it to help determine the activity on blogs, Etsy and Artfire. I added it to my Etsy and to this blog because I wanted to know how much traffic I was getting.
At first, it was interesting. But now....well, let's just say the honeymoon is over. There are so many peaks and valleys in my views that I feel like I'm on some emotional rollercoaster. One day I'll have 10 views, the next day there is one or none. My peaks make no sense to me. Why do I have so many views on a certain day, when I'm pretty sure I didn't do anything. Yet on days when I've made some effort to get noticed, there's nothing but the flat line (like that of a heart that has stopped beating)!
For a brief time in January, my blog never hit the one to zero mark. In fact the views stayed up for quite a few days, but that must have been a fluke. Or maybe I'm not as interesting in February as I was in January. Anyway, I know there are lots of resources for figuring out what all the graphs and numbers mean. I guess I need to take some more time to do some reading and try to make sense of it all. I think it could help me set and meet some goals for my Etsy shop.
What has been your experience with the Google Analytics tools?
Just a random thought: don't you think it's ironic that in order to look up the spelling of a word in the dictionary, you have to know how the word is spelled?