H and I were listening to Radio 4 on our way home the other day. There was a somewhat alarming item on whether employees should share Fitbit data on their sleep, diet and exercise with their employers. Neither of us had the faintest idea why anyone would voluntarily do this which led to a discussion about the tyranny of Fitbits and their stats. When we went on our Italian walking holiday last year we noticed that all the cyclists had them, turning the holiday into a constant competition with themselves and their fellow riders. We congratulated ourselves, rather smugly, on not caring about how many steps we took and how, if we did, it would destroy much of our pleasure in the countryside, not to mention end in tears.
Sadly, however, I’m far from immune from the lure of stats. I sometimes rue the day I turned on my blog stats, checking them at frequent intervals, following that little line across the top of the blog which tracks hits, enjoying the euphoric highs of a crowd-pleasing post but not the dismay when the next one falls short. Before I went on holiday I was in the habit of checking them once a day but on my return I decided to get it down to once a week. What a liberation! Now I’m aiming for once a month. My original plan for this blog was to think and write about books I’d enjoyed and maybe post a few opinion pieces; the surprise bonus has been the sociability of blogging and the many book recommendations I’ve picked up from bloggers whose taste I share. Time to remember all that and get away from the tyranny of the stats page.
What do other bloggers think? Do you find yourself too caught up in how many hits you’ve had today or are you strong enough to turn your back on your stats?