Wednesday, March 14, 2012
My Blog Stats For a Towel?
Riddle me this, fellow bloggers:
Do you think that discussing your blog's stats is akin to discussing how much money you make in a year? Or what your vital measurements are? (Did you know that Barbie's, if she was life-sized, would be 36-18-33?) (Mine are so similar!) (Not.)
I know some people list their blog's statistics on their site. Traffic, unique visitors, target demographic...yada yada yada.
I don't do this. Partly--because I'm just little old me here on this little old blog. And also? To me it sort of feels personal. Too personal.
Don't get me wrong. If a company asks me for this information because they're interested in working with me (and paying me) and are curious about my outreach or influence as a blogger, I am more than happy to hand over the numbers. Even if those those numbers certainly don't define me as a whole. Even if those numbers can be interpreted (or misinterpreted) many different ways. Even if those numbers are usually unscientific. And subjective.
Just recently I was contacted by a PR company who was hawking their client's new sport accessory (a workout towel, to be specific). Normally I ignore these e-mails unless the product is something specific that (1) I would use; or (2) my children would use. And I thought, "Hey--that is something that would be useful in my life. Sure, I'd like to try it." The e-mail advised to contact the company's publicist for a sample. So I did.
In return, I received an e-mail request from the publicist asking for my blog's statistics. (In exchange for a sample workout towel?)
So I ignored the e-mail.
And then I got another e-mail. This time from the company. Asking for my blog's statistics. (In exchange for a sample workout towel?) (In exchange for a sample workout towel that you contacted me about in the first place, asking me if I wanted a sample?)
So do you share your blog statistics with whomever asks? Do you post them on your blog? Do you keep them close to the vest? Please share your thoughts.
(As for me, I'll be over here, mopping up beads of post-workout sweat with a regular old bath towel, thankyouverymuch...)