At the end of each year I take a look at my blog stats, to get a year-long overview of who came, from where, in what numbers, and for what posts. I worked all of my adult life to metrics. Seems as if taking note of the metrics is just something I can’t give up. I don’t earn money from my blog, or even attempt to, so I’m not trying to demonstrate anything to anyone, much less to an advertiser. I just like taking a look. Here, in case you’re interested, is your window into a blog author’s view.
I’ve been writing daily since 2009. I started on my first long trip to Panama, having found Minga again in 2008 while in Panama City with daughter Sara on a consulting trip. Writing the blog, especially in retirement, is a key organizing principle of my day. The way I find something to write about hasn’t changed since I started. During our working years, interesting things come to us unbidden. In retirement, we have to pay attention. If I don’t see three or four things every day interesting enough to write about, I’m not attending to my life and the preciousness of being here. Put in a more positive way, finding the beauty and mystery and humor of life is my personal spiritual discipline.
I’ve written 10,828 posts since I started, and had 625,030 page views. That means my 75,547 viewers read multiple posts. Some readers come every day, some occasionally, some binge now and again, and some come only once for a particular topic they found through a search engine. My biggest single day of readership was March 11, 2011, when there was a tsunami warning off the Pacific Coast and people were frantically trying to get news online to see if their Panama relatives and friends were safe. They found my blog, and I posted numerous times during the day, answering what questions I could.
I have 623 followers, who are people who’ve signed up to be pinged when a new post appears.
My top five commenters are Phyllis, Katie, Ada, J., Joyce.
I had 82,277 page views, slightly up from last year.
My top five countries from which readers came are the U.S., Panama, Germany, U.K., and India. Those countries are followed by Canada, France, Mexico, Australia, Switzerland, Hong Kong SAR China, Brazil, Japan, South Africa, Italy, Czech Republic, Russia, Romania, Netherlands, Spain, Belgium, Poland, Philippines, China, Austria, Indonesia, Viet Nam, Turkey, Thailand, Chile, Hungary, Malaysia, South Korea, Sweden, Cayman Islands, Singapore, Greece, Bahamas, Finland, New Zealand, Portugal, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Ireland, EU, Croatia, UAE, Israel, Bangladesh, Norway, Pakistan, Argentina, Denmark, Colombia, Nepal, Bulgaria, Nigeria, Dominican Republican, Venezuela, Kenya, Serbia, Azerbaijan, Slovakia, Puerto Rico, Lithuania, Qatar, Honduras, Congo, Libya, Peru, Armenia, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Slovenia, Paraguay, Georgia, Iceland, Taiwan, Belarus, Jordan, Cameroon, Costa Rica, MacauSAR China, Jersey, Lebanon, El Salvador, Jamaica, Morocco, American Samoa, Luxembourg, Bolivia, Albania, Trinidad & Tobago, Cambodia, Macedonia, Palestinian Territories, U.S. Virgin Islands, Ecuador, Estonia, Cypress, St. Lucia, Faroe Islands, Iraq, St. Kitts and Nevis, Kazakhstan, Cuba, Oman, Brunei, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Sint Maarten, Rwanda, Guatemala, Tanzania, Belize, Myanmar, Sudan, Gabon, Antigua & Barbuda, Uruguay, Aruba, Cote d’Ivoire, Bahrain, Senegal, Uganda, Mozambique, Laos, Malta, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Barbados, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Moldova, Curacao, Mongolia, Zimbabwe.
I think that list is very exciting. It still amazes me that someone in Zimbabwe can not only find my blog, but find something interesting there to read.
These are probably the most interesting stats. There are others, like what search engines people use, and what are the most popular posts: the Panama stuff, grand-parenting, and aging.
I love writing, and I love that you continue to read. Thank you for being part of this writing adventure, for sharing your thoughts with me either in the Comments or privately, and for being part of my reading/writing community. Looking forward to our reading/writing life in the new year.