As some of you might have noticed I haven’t shared my statistics & income report for the last two months. While I know some of you really enjoyed ready my monthly reports & I only had positive feedback, I knew I had to stop if I was going to continue blogging. Yes, it had gotten that bad. So let me take you back so you can get a good (or sad) picture of what happened.
Two months ago, after publishing my May’s Traffic & Income Report I received two notes from bloggers about my bounce rate (something I had never taken notice of). One commenter praised how low it was, another private messaged me to let me know it was too low, which might mean I had Google Analytics installed twice.
Long story short it turns out that GA was installed twice – who knew that was even possible?! I couldn’t believe it. I was devastated. My views immediately took a hit & so did my self esteem & my desire to continue blogging.
I was so embarrassed (& no one even knew). All those months I thought I was getting somewhere, my blog was growing…
At first I blogged on, sharing the posts I had already set up, as I struggled to come to grips with the reality of my blog. I struggled with feeling like a failure, my over active conscious felt like I had been lying to everyone – even though my heart & brain new I too had been deceived.
For a little while I even played around with the idea of quitting blogging altogether. A little dramatic, I know, but Domestically Blissful had become more than a blog to me, my blog was me.
So I knew I had to take a few steps back to regroup & refocus if I wanted to continue blogging. I knew I needed to stop trying so hard to grow significantly from month to month & instead just enjoy the journey.
Even still I am continually having to remind myself that I don’t have to prove myself or my worth to the world in order to be accepted. I can’t let my blog rule my life – when I wake, when I sleep, what I eat. I know it sounds silly, but it’s true.
And speaking of honesty, I promise to continue to be honest about my blogging journey. Even though I won’t be doing a thorough blogging report each month, I created a Work With Me page that I’ll update each month so that those who are interested in working with me will know all of the facts & statistical numbers of my blog.
Maybe someday I’ll share my in-depth blogging statistic again each month. But for now I need to work on growing my self value & worth in God.
Thank you again for your continued support & love for me & my blog!
With love, G
Note: Within just a few hours of posting this I have had several messages about how I found out GA was installed twice. If you are worried about this just search for a list of GA plugins & compare them to your own plugins. If you do discover you have GA installed twice, I am so sorry! As you read, I know exactly how you are feeling. But I want to encourage you not to give up. We simply have to remember that we are making valuable personal connections that are worth more than numbers.
Update: After receiving so many comments & messages about Google Analytics I decided to write a whole post dedicated to it & how you can avoid this common mistake.
Also, since writing this post I have seen God work in amazing ways & have been humbled to see how He has grown my blog in ways I couldn’t have imagined!
With love, G
Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; & give me life in your ways.
Psalms 119: 37
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