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March 19th, 2010

avocado_love: (Drink 'n Bend)
Friday, March 19th, 2010 10:24 pm
While I'm sitting here watching Harry Potter and The Sourcerer's Stone (Awful movie, by the way. I still don't know why I've watched it more times than I can count), I was thinking about LJ Guests and the possible implications of it.

I have no real opinion on LJ Guests, other than a slightly sick feeling I get in my chest when I think someone's watching me and I don't know it. I'm not someone to really look closely at stats, either on this website or on fanfiction.net. There are some, I know, who watch their hit-count on fanfiction.net, and have a sort of mathematical formula vs how many reviews they've gotten to see what what works and what doesn't and... ugh. That just sounds like SO MUCH needless angst.

Maybe I just don't want to even confront that sinking feeling all writers get when a fic doesn't do as well as they expected. I so don't even want to know if, like, 100 people are viewing something but only 2.5 average review's. What can you even do about it? Guilt your readers into reviewing at the end? That's tacky. Sit there and try to second guess why such and such reader didn't comment even if I can see they've viewed it four times? Also not my style.

Don't get me wrong. I'm happy about reviews and comments. (Even that one Anon who insists on simply writing "Good job" on every chapter of Another Brother. I'm still waiting for the day when (s)he replies "Bad job". Lol.). I would just rather not stress about my hit/review ratio, or how many people from USA are reading In His Shoes vs Belgium. I don't see it as anything more than spinning my tires over something I have zero control of.

So what do you think? Do you use LJ Guests/Fanfiction traffic stats? If you do, what value, if any, do you get out of it? Am I missing something here?
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