Well, it’s that time of year when WordPress generates our Annual Report and we find out how many sold-out Sydney Opera House performances we earned. My first full year (2012) as a blogger I didn’t even rate one! That year visitors were compared to Mt. Everest climbers, and I’m sure there was no intended connection with oxygen deprivation.
This year — identically to last year — I managed to fill the House “about” five times. That’s page views; I’m up just shy of 500 views from last year (not quite a 4% increase). Visitors is another matter. Over 2,000 more visitors stopped by this year (a 140% increase).
But I really wanted to write about the posts…
It’s fascinating to me how some posts seem to attract views. They don’t attract Comments or Likes, so I’m not sure if people are finding the post due to searching for something else or are truly interested in the post.
Other than the Santa: Man or Woman post that was Freshly Pressed back in 2012, my most viewed post by quite a margin is Sideband #17: Ready when you are, Mr. DeMille. That post is a re-telling of an old joke with the punchline used in the post’s title.
Overall, that post, since July of 2011, has had 860 views. (That’s less than half of the 1744 views that Santa post has.) This year it still ranks in third place for post views: 305. In fact, it’s been in the top five posts every year since it was published (second place in 2013 and 2012).
The most viewed post this year was a Brain Bubble from last year where it was also the most-viewed post: BB #27 — Far Less. Judging by frequent search strings, the attraction is clearly “Toyota Jan” (actress Laurel Coppock).
That post was also about bacon, but as popular as bacon is TJ trumps it! She’s made that post my third most viewed ever. (Thanks, Jan!)
That is one of my favorite posts because it has roots deep in my childhood. While writing it I emailed Stan Lynde (to ask his permission to use images from the comic), and he graciously replied! Others who knew him have let me know what a wonderful human being and gentleman he was. That was readily apparent even in our brief exchange.
I wrote that post in March of 2013. Mr. Lynde died in August of that year. I am very glad I didn’t put off writing it and had the chance to actually correspond with someone who so deeply touched my childhood.
That post came in second this year, third last year, and is my fourth most-viewed post.
Coming in fourth this year, the only post actually written this year: Madam Secretary & Scorpion. That was about the two new CBS shows named in the title. Madam Secretary (the TV show) is still high on my list of good TV, but isn’t stunning me quite as it did at first. I haven’t watched Scorpion since the first episode.
[I am pleased to say that NCIS:New Orleans continues to please and continues to follow the model of its parent, NCIS. Meanwhile, I become less and less enamored of NCIS:Los Angeles with every episode.]
And coming in fifth this year, another oldie from my first year of blogging (2011): Barrel of Wine; Barrel of Sewage. This post (my 20th ever posted here) also came in fifth last year, and this is another one I’m really glad to see being viewed — it describes an important point of view and (I think) gives a nice description of entropy along the way.
Again, lack of Comments (or even Likes) has me wondering what the attraction actually is (or if people are actually reading it or were searching for something else). With 369 views since posted, it’s my fifth most-viewed post.
While it didn’t make the Top Five, another post from this year that’s gotten a lot of views is my Leon Wieseltier post. Given how much I was (and continue to be) blown away by what this man has to say, I’m glad to see that post getting a lot of views (143).
For some reason a post from last year trumped it with 179 views: Elephant Story. That one is another post of a joke I liked. It was intended as a set up for an elephants post I intended to write (but still haven’t gotten around to). It’s my seventh most viewed post ever!
The strangest most viewed post to me is Beams of Steel. It came in 10th this year and is eighth most viewed overall. What I don’t understand is why that one and not the two companion posts published the same day (Conspiracy Theories and Final Thoughts).
That day being September 11, 2012. The post is one of three I wrote to commemorate the eleventh anniversary of 9/11. All three explore what really did happen that day (airplanes hit buildings and they fell down) and tries to debunk the conspiracy theories that some hold.
The post has 255 views… and not a single Comment other than one I wrote begging someone to please tell me what the attraction to that one post is. What makes it weirder is that the companion posts (one on either side) do have some Comments.
I can’t figure it out!
If you’ve picked up on the phrase “most viewed post,” that’s because I’ve been excluding pages (as does the WP Annual Report). In fact, one page of mine is second most viewed (page or post) this year and third overall: Bushido Code.
Another popular page this year (coming in eighth) is: Assassin Movies (because who doesn’t love a good movie about deliberate murder).
I’ll close with honorable mention to another post about a topic important to me: Hawkeye & Margaret. That post was from my 2012 TV Tuesday series about my Top Five TV shows of all time. Obviously that one was about the TV show M*A*S*H.
This year it was my eleventh most viewed post (thirteenth counting pages and posts). Overall it’s my ninth most viewed post (or eleventh including pages and posts).
And so there it is. Thank You to all my visitors, and a special Thank You to those of you who’ve joined in the fun by Commenting — I value you most of all!
I hope you are all enjoying your Chillaxmas! (Remember, today is the Sixth Day of Christmas!)