WordPress.com (specifically, their stats helper monkeys as they call them) created a nice statistical summary of 2010 for this blog (and in fact for all wordpress blogs– a really nice year end surprise from them– much appreciated). Below is their analysis and comments. More of my commentary at the end of the summary.
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 5 fully loaded ships.
In 2010, there were 29 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 86 posts. There were 94 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 11mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was December 1st with 1,525 views. The most popular post that day was PC World’s Top 100 Products of 2010.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were en.wikipedia.org, wordpress.com, facebook.com, menstennisforums.com, and twitter.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for how to help developing countries, watch industry growth, helping developing countries, best tennis player ever, and indian head wiggle.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
PC World’s Top 100 Products of 2010 November 2010
28 comments and 19 Likes on WordPress.com
The Power of the Indian head wiggle April 2009
8 comments and 2 Likes on WordPress.com
How best to help developing countries? February 2009
5 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,
BART’s Transbay Tube- Underwater Train and Engineering Marvel September 2009
Could the wrist watch industry be growing? April 2009
Some of your most popular posts were written before 2010. Your writing has staying power! Consider writing about those topics again.
A few of my comments:
- The largest traffic day of the year, mentioned above at 1,525 views on December 1, was quite a surprise. That day, my post, PC World’s Top 100 Products of 2010, made it to the front page of WordPress.com, receiving Freshly Pressed treatment. That was the first and only time one of my posts has received that recognition. Needless to say, receiving that visibility led to traffic on a single day that was nearly equal to a full month of traffic.
- The top referring site to my blog has been Wikipedia. My post on the Indian Head Wiggle was added by someone (not me) as a reference to the topic on the Indian Head Bobble (an interchangeable phrase with Indian Head Wiggle). I’ve received significant traffic from Wikipedia because of this and now when searching Indian Head Wiggle on google, the # 1 result is the Wikipedia entry for Indian Head Bobble and the # 2 entry is my blog post, The Power of the Indian Head Wiggle. Due to the high ranking of this post on Google, I was even invited to speak on a Canadian radio station to share my story.
- Writing entries for this blog has been a fun hobby for me since February 2009 and I plan to increase the frequency of posts this year. It is true as WordPress.com points out that my older 2009 posts have had some great staying power– in 2011, I hope to have some equally popular posts.