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FLATLINE!

FLATLINE!

Acck! When I got up this morning and looked at my stats on WordPress there was a flat line of zero’s across the page! Such a sad, sad sight to see. 😦

It happens sometimes and it’s all my fault. I take the blame! I haven’t been keeping to my schedule. Too few new posts, not tweeting on twitter, not reposting my link to Facebook very often, not reading and commenting on other blogs for days at a time, thus, not building my empire! Why should I be surprised?

So much to do and so little time! That’s what happens folks when you get caught up in other things and let WordPress fall to the back of your mind. You have consistently post with fresh content to keep those stats up and to keep your readers interested. After all they will only go back so far to read your earlier posts and no more. You can’t expect much more from them than that.

My regular blogging schedule is to post Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with Wednesday being my #reblogwednesday. On a good week I also post on Tuesday and Thursdays, but hardly ever on weekends.

I don’t think I even posted anything last Friday. That’s not good. I’ve got a lot of drafts started and just need to find the block of time to finish them up so I can schedule. How I envy those who post consistently every day come hell or high water!

But wait! Don’t leave me now. I have a legitimate excuse. Don’t we all? H is off for spring break – a whole week! We are having beautiful beach weather and I’m taking it easy.

sailboat         gulf

Now, as I am writing this I notice my stats have started to rise and that’s because I have posted my re-blog for #reblogwednesday. Sometimes it’s up. Sometimes it’s down. Sometimes it’s flat liners. Bottom line is – it’s all in the way you post!

~Elle

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About Elle Knowles

Elle Knowles lives in the Florida Panhandle with her husband and off-at-college-most-of-the-time son. She has four daughters, one son, and eleven beautiful grandchildren. 'Crossing the Line' is her first novel. The sequel 'What Line' is a work in progress.

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  1. Some times a break is good. 🙂
    It’s more like a plateau, a resting spot than a flatline. 🙂

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  2. I think you’re doing fine. How could you be flat-lined when you have so many likes and comments? Good job.

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  3. I LOVE the title…but this is what I’ve learned. It’s about your art not about the applause you get or not get. Just write when you want to. You’re wonderful at it, and I’ve been there thinking I suck because hits are down. JUST WRITE MADAM AND READ…said Stephen King in On Writing 🙂

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  4. Yup that happened to me a lot these last two weeks, but there is not much I can do except try to plan ahead. I am in the middle of a new semester and keeping on top of my school works and sleeping in somewhat regular intervals doesn’t leave much time. That is not an excuse! I try to post twice a week and last week I managed to schedule 4 posts! I most certainly patted myself on the back, but I am rambling now. Goodbye! Build that empire!!

    Ally~

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  5. That’s normal for me! You are one of my few ‘followers’ that actually reads me!
    Not being a serious writer myself, there are lots of days I don’t get the time to write or even read blogs.

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  6. Well, I guess we are but specks in the universe, or the blogosphere for that matter, but I hope you keep those posts coming, Elle – from one speck to another, they’re good to read.

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  7. I’ve been in flatline mode too, Elle! 😦 Working on re-thinking, re-assessing, and redesigning my blog to boost the stats. Enjoy spring break! 😀

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  8. Elle, stats vary from time to time. Sometimes, I don’t get responses from readers until a week later after a post. Your stats will rise. I enjoy reading your posts. Anne 🙂

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  9. I am currently tapped out. I’ve looked the screen willing inspiration and it hasn’t come. I’ve tried. Need to converse with people and maybe that will trigger something? Maybe? When I’m home too often that leads the vein to dry up as is the case right now, so I totally relate. Those triple zeros really irk you, when you they happen to you.

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  10. I don’t concern myself with stats. If I have something to say, I say it. If I don’t, I don’t. Ha!

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  11. I hear you, Elle! A similar thing happened to me when I was out of town earlier this month. I’m trying to live my life while keeping my blog going. When the dips happen, it helps me to take a long-term view and not let them loom too large in my mind. Great to see you back!

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  12. Late last year when I began my current spate of blogging, I took the classes and read all the blogs I could find. Then I gathered material I liked best from my former blogging efforts, edited it and compiled it into its new home. I wrote like a madwoman and posted like crazy. After a time I found myself spending more time lost in WordPress world than I did with my other projects like weaving and walking. Or, for that matter, gathering material for new blogs.

    “Critical mass” reached, I had to make some choices. So, I pulled back, cut down on the number of reminders of others’ postings and re-entered my real-world life. I finished a large weaving project, began to learn to weave tapestry, took longer walks (the doggie likes this), and made decisions.

    My new approach is 1) to place my energies into doing something worth sharing, and 2) reading works on selected topics and writing comments and feedback to authors whose works I enjoy. I have no set schedule for posting. (Being a rebel, this would not work for me, anyway.) What do you know? My sites are growing. Slowly, for sure, but then, I am not out to break any speed records.

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    • I must say, Judith, your philosophy is wonderfully sound! Striking the right balance between tangible creation and blog creation is a challenge (but a fun one, at least). I have sewing projects lined up that I miss when I focus mostly on the blog. Then the blog is an unbeatable way to share and learn. And I, too, have a personality that wouldn’t suit a regular posting schedule. Inspiration is my primary guide.

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    • True as you say, it’s is the quality not the quantity that matters and sometimes when I feel forced I believe it is better to just lay low and rejuvenate! Great advice! ~Elle

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  13. No problembo .. ! Maybe others were on spring break too?

    Here in good ol’ BeeCee. Spring break is now 2 weeks long. Schools are off, 9 weeks during summer, 10 if labour day is later. 3 weeks at christmas and another one for easter. Not counting the professional development, and statutory days. Hours 8-4. Money, for old rope. All courtesy of the taxpayer.

    When I worked for CP Rail, it took 5 years worked employment, to get 3 weeks vacation time. Statutory days were worked, no day in lieu. Yet paid double time and a half. Why is society so segmented? How is it, certain workers are so valued?

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    • I guess it depends on the profession you choose, but I can tell you from the point of view of a teachers wife (high school band director) teaching is not a bed of roses no matter how much time they ‘say’ you have off! H works 24/7 it seems. ~Elle

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