Look at the dashboard they provide for their users. Awesome. It contains everything you need to know about your blog and in my case actually more than I expected.
Let’s look into this a bit deeper:
Screenshot above is from my current WordPress dashboard. It shows:
- Number of posts I have, number of comments, number of tags I used and number of categories. ( OK, they distinguish between categories and tags which always confuses me a bit. I forgot again what the real difference is ). Number of comments is broken down into number approved, number pending and number of spam comments. They have a system to automatically figure out what is spam and users of course can either approve a comment or mark it as spam.
- A list of recent comments made to my blog postings
- Incoming links. This is amazing: they show links to comments I have made on lifehacker and also capture links I have made from my German blog.
- “Your stuff” which is kind of any activity I have been involved with: comments I left on someone else’s blog, comments arriving in my blog, pingbacks ( someone including myself linking to one of my blog articles ) and postings I have created.
- “Quick Press” is a tiny little editor in the upper right corner allowing me to quickly blog off right away. Below is a list of my recent drafts.
- The statistics. Awesome ! A line diagram shows number of visits per day. Below is a list of my top posts with number of views and my most active posts with number of views. I believe the first is the overall total, the second focuses on a most recent time frame, 7 days I guess. Very insightful: the “Top searches” showing how people found my blog posts. In my case currently: kinds of humor, magic bus, alaska, virtualbox audio cpu vista, kinds of humour, win95 under xp. A link leads to a more detailed page with all sorts of interesting information where you can also get that line chart by day, week or month:
Such kind of a chart gives you an idea to what extent your blog is gaining momentum and can be a great motivator to keep you going.
I am impressed — and it is hard to impress me.