About three days ago, the amount of views my blog has accrued this year surpassed the total from 2017.
With a lead-in sentence like that I’m sure you’re expecting this post to be an exercise in prideful self-fellatio.
To an extent I suppose it is, but part of the reason why it’s cool is because of interesting insights I believe I can pull out of the analytics. As I tend to look at.
For instance, here are the yearly statistics as of my writing this:
In 2018 the number of views jumped sizably compared to the growth from 2016 to 2017 due to my Summer Initiative and its aftermath.
Last summer was when I shifted the emphasis of my blog from writing a few times a month (mostly archiving stories) to writing nearly every day.
The jump from 1,944 to 4,210 views makes sense when audiences have a higher volume of content to consume on an almost daily schedule.
And that was when I only wrote daily for half the year.
This year I’m halfway to that number and we’re only at the end of May, which bodes well for further growth. Especially if I get a few more breakout posts like my Redondo Union Archives write-up:
Post uploaded on March 25, 2019
I may be on-track to surpass 2018 in views, but other aspects are faltering.
“Likes” is one statistic I have trouble explaining due to the lack of a noticeable tracker on WordPress. I can tell you that I received 129 likes on my posts in 2018 compared to the paltry seven in 2019 so far, but I can’t tell you why that might be.
However, I can say something about the trend in daily views and viewers.
As you can see in the 2017 v. 2019 analytics, I surpassed my views from two years ago with about 30 fewer individual visitors.
I’ve also noticed a pattern of more views-per-day recently in spite of less visitors coming overall. I used to see about six or seven views at most every day, but recently it has hovered closer to 20:
Even yesterday, where I was so busy with family Memorial Day barbecuing and playing Minecraft with my friends that I didn’t write a blog post, my site received 33 views.
The last time I hit views near that high was April 24, when I wrote about my collection of graduation gowns.
If nothing else, I hope this post can be a positive affirmation for you regular viewers that people notice when you put extra energy into something. Even when that something is as silly as a personal blog.
I find the analytics fascinating to sort through so I hope you found them just as interesting to consume!
But if you didn’t, how about you take a look at this views-per-country breakdown:
Because the map is always a fun thing to see in my opinion.