Ain’t Broke; Don’t Fix It: WordPress.com Stats

Posted on January 31, 2012

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New! Improved! Escher Stats!

New! Improved! Escher Stats!

Imagine that you had a house (this may not be imaginary, if you live outside of Vancouver). You’re renting, and Matt the landlord is generally pretty awesome. Sometimes he comes in and says he’s going to work on some stuff, but he is always clean and fast and tidies up after himself and these things he’s working on are almost always improvements so that you’re the envy of the neighborhood and Bert and Lisa next door are always struggling to kludge together something that will do what your newest addition does naturally. It’s pretty sweet, particularly considering the rent is free, but you know the place doesn’t really belong to you, so when Matt decides to do some renos, you pretty much have to put up with it, but as we said, they generally work out pretty well.

A couple of days ago, Matt comes in and he says, “So, we’re going to be doing some work on your place. Don’t worry, it won’t interfere with the way you use the house right now, but when it’s launched, it’ll be a HUGE improvement!” Well, that sounds good, don’t it?

Sure do!

So what’s this great change Matt has in store for you?

“We know how important the bedroom is to you. It’s important to ALL our tenants. We see this. We respect this. So we’re going to make it even better! We’re going to wall up the door from the bedroom to the hallway BUT GET THIS, we’re going to make a special access tunnel just for each of you from our corporate headquarters straight into your own bedroom! Isn’t that awesome?

No, it is not awesome, you say.

“But it has a moving sidewalk! And it goes straight through our corporate headquarters. In fact, we’re kinda hoping you’ll keep the door to the access tunnel open all the time, just because you enjoy it so much.”

With the WordPress.com front page evolving into a one-stop shop for posting, exploring, following and reading blogs, it seemed natural to put your blog stats there, too.  Stats are becoming more and more about interacting with your readers and other bloggers.

My Stats Tab on WordPress.com

You’ll still see your summary stats and chart on your main dashboard, and the full stats page in your dashboard will remain for a while, but the My Stats tab on the WordPress.com front page will soon become the home for the most comprehensive view of your stats.  Stats will also continue to be available by clicking on the sparkline in the admin bar at the top.

No, my friends, this is not awesome.

  1. when it used to be just one? That seems less simple… aka, wrong direction. But maybe I’m misunderstanding?

    • Andy Skelton
      January 26th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      The stats will still be just a click away from wp-admin. Our hope is that you find the homepage useful enough that you’ll want to keep it open in its own tab. :)

No. Just, no.

I might as well admit I have no idea why WordPress.com is doing this, but can only assume it’s to give WordPress.com itself, the URL, some fearsome googlejuice. Maybe it reduces the load on the servers.

Maybe this is almost as good as when they took away the New Post button. God knows, we don’t want those foofy “blogging” functions cluttering up your nice, clean dashboard which you are apparently supposed to use to keep track of your comments and pretty much nothing else.