Wrapping this up just a week into the experiment. The results were so good that I don't feel like I need to wait 1 whole month for the experiment to finish. After hiding the view count on my posts, my urge to check view counts started decreasing significantly. A few days after hiding the view count, the compulsive behavior to check views have gone away.
Even after unlisting this journal from the Read Write.As feed, I noticed that I still kept checking the view count on my posts. It's almost like checking for “Likes” on Facebook or Instagram. I want to stop doing that. So I've decided to hide the view count on my posts using custom CSS.
I'll let this run for a month, though I am almost positive that I'll keep this setting going forward.
Trying out a new experiment. I will be setting this site to “unlisted” publicity as of this post. That means my posts will not show up on the Read Write.As feed. My reasons for doing so are:
I want to see if not publishing to the Read Write.As feed will decrease the number of people reading my posts.
And if so, does it bother me? Do I even care? Should I even care?
I want to see if it changes how I write my posts, knowing that my posts will no longer show up on a feed.
Specifically I want to see if I'm writing to an audience, or if I'm purely writing for myself.
I'll let this experiment run for at least a month. Maybe two months if I feel like there are benefits to not publishing to the feed. If it goes really well, who knows I might even just keep the “unlisted” publicity setting on.