|Project completed on March 23, 2016|
While writing the post it occurred to me that I could conduct an experiment to see if my theory was correct. So one year ago I started the Real Life Experiment, and after a year I have learned a few things.
The quickly learned that posting daily gets very boring. I have a few posts that were literally "And here is today's post - work, eat, sleep". This post is a great example. After almost 4 months I decided to stop doing the daily posts. They were just to time consuming - and getting silly. At one point I considered canceling the project all together. No one was commenting on the posts, and as far as I could tell no one seemed to be reading them.
But I stuck with it and made it a whole year. And here are the final stats.
Starting views, based on the blogs stat counter was 14,441. The most popular post was a review about a freelance company.
The ending views, at the time of this writing are, 39,531. The most popular post is still the review. The most popular experiment related post, which made number 6 out of the top 10, is the one about how Tim and I started dating.
Of the top 10 posts, only two are related to the experiment.
The end result is that I gained 24,000 more views to my blog in a year. Number of subscribers is still 0.
Since the majority of the views were on posts that were done prior to the experiment, I am going to say that the experiment proved the original point. That people don't want to read about real life.