I finally gained some momentum to regularly write new articles on my blog, which has been a struggle for a while. I found for me that setting myself up with a simple blog analytics tool, that I can gather a lot of motivation from seeing the numbers grow slowly but steadily.
Been writing an article to sum up why I believe analytics can be very useful to develop and keep at it when it comes to writing consistently: https://consistentme.com/benefits-blog-analytics
I never liked Google Analytics, as I found it way too complex, over-engineered and not transparent in terms of data tracking. And even more importantly — I do not want to send any data of my visitors over to Google. But I just learned that other solutions actually exist.
Also sharing a link to my analytics dashboard in my article, as I decided to make it public, because… why not?
Would like to hear about your experiences and how using analytics has been beneficial to you and which solutions you are using to avoid Google in this regard.