Goodbye Medium Stats Page

I will see you in a month…or more…

Today I am saying goodbye to the stats page on medium. I am sure I am not alone in the obsessive behavior of stats page refreshing. As if the stats page is some sort of view into my success as a writer, I am constantly examining the approval of Medium readers. The trouble is, I don’t write for the views. I write mostly for me. Sure, I hope others will read my stuff, but nothing changes in my writing style if I go from 10 views to 500 views. I have a genuine desire to improve my writing, both in skill and frequency. Writing also relaxes me and gives me a creative outlet. So, those are the things I need to be focusing on.

My obsession for statistics began the day after I started a tech blog, techtimmy.net. I know, horrible name. However, I would pour myself into writing and recording the tech reviews I completed. I would then immediately share the page link to anywhere I could. Facebook, Twitter, other blogs, email, and literally anywhere else I could find. From there the stats page refreshing would begin. The sad news is, once the friends and family traffic stopped, the views ticker slowed. I can honestly say, I spent more time watching pageviews than I spent composing the page in the first place. It literally ruined my desire to blog, and was the beginning to the end of my aspiring career with nilay patel at the Verge.com.

So I am making a public pledge today. I am not going to check the stats page for at least 30 days. If this goes viral, and The New Yorker will be calling, someone please let me know. For the next 30 days I am going to write at least 500 words per day and hit the green button in the upper right hand corner, all without checking the stats page. After going through one of the toughest years in my professional life, I don’t think that should be hard to do.

One more thing. Before writing this paragraph, this actual post was at 400 words. Geesh! This 500 words per day thing might be harder than I thought. It's not that I don't have 500 words worth of opinion, because that is something I certainly have. What I was not counting on was having 500 words for each thought. Most of the post I read are so well organized and put together. Writers like Jon Westenberg and M.G. Siegler share posts with graphics, artwork, and concise thoughts organized like linguistic origami. Hopefully, the writing muscle is much like the idea muscle and can be worked to improve over time. As I am sure you can tell, I am going to need some improvement.

Here’s to writing,

Timothy

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