StumbleUpon, which was bringing me an insane number of views every day (who knew it had that much influence?) recently folded and changed their name to “Mix.” I don’t like Mix. I find it confusing, impossible to understand or to use, not to mention the aggravation of creating a custom sharing icon for it.
Why are things that work perfectly well always getting “improved”? If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! It’s so frustrating and infuriating!
But I think I found a solution, or at least a partial solution. I already had a Pinterest account from way back when I started this blog (or maybe even before?), but never used it and never bothered sharing anything to it. Pinterest seemed kind of pointless as far as social media platforms go, just a bunch of pictures with links on them. But really, that’s all SU ever was too. Both are social media aggregators, not really social media sites in the same sense as Facebook or Twitter.
Okay, so since I’ve been sharing to Pinterest, my stats have improved. My views have gone back up. Alright, fine, maybe they’re not as high as they were during the SU days, but definitely better than they were earlier this month. My statistics page shows that after Google, Pinterest is now my second highest source for views.
I hope this helps some of you who have also experienced a drop in views and activity since the demise of SU. It also helps that the Pinterest share button is included in the WordPress sharing buttons, so you don’t have to go to the trouble of creating a custom button for it.