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Chasing Stats

Do you find yourself getting obsessed with rankings?

Do you use programs like KDSpy to compare yourself with others?

Maybe even take it further and really compare release by release, book by book, falling into a rabbit hole for what is essentially just a dick measuring contest?

While I enjoy competition and checking stats, I realize checking can become an unhealthy obsession of chasing. Comparing, analyzing, and even plotting. Why does this book do better than that one? Why is this book with this author doing poorly? What’s going one with this one release, why is it struggling despite great reviews?

As someone who grew up playing very competitive video games like Halo and Quake, I often find myself exploring these questions to then become obsessed. When I catch the obsession, I have to pull away and remind myself why I even do what is I do.

What about for you? Do you become obsessed with stats and Amazon rankings, chasing the stats in research for the perfect book to land that best-selling title?

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