I’m trying to do my monthly review of readership statistics near the start of every month, and this is pretty near the start, and what the heck, it’s not like there’s anything amusing going on the 2nd of February anyway.
Well, readership was down in January, compared to December, dropping from 1,251 views and 626 visitors to a relatively modest 1,071 views from 553 visitors. (That is keeping nearly the same number of views per visitor, though.) I’m a bit saddened by that, but it’s still a number of views, and distinct readers, that would have me thrilled as recently as September. And hey, it beat a thousand views, which is a nice symbolic threshold to beat.
WordPress’s new statistics page is stumbling into being slightly less awful, even if it’s still bad, but it does give some new information, like the number of comments received over the month — 93, in January, down from 138 in December, but up from 76 in November — and the number of likes received. There, at last, I could find a happy record high, with 382 likes in January, up from 360 in December and 240 in November. I’ll take it.
The most popular thing I ever do is list countries, so, let me give you this:
So in short, apparently, the former SEATO nations are a stronghold of my readership, if you believe those numbers represent number of readers from any particular country. If you don’t, you can take them to be what you like. Countries that sent me just the one reader in January were Bermuda, Bulgaria, Colombia, Croatia, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Isle of Man, Mexico, Norway, and Turkey. Ireland’s the only repeat from December. And my India readership went from four to nine, at which rate of growth it’ll take only two years and two months for everybody in India to be reading my little humor blog here, so watch for that, won’t you please?
The most popular posts for January were:
- Ian Shoales: The Perfect City, kicking off my Ian Shoales week with a piece about how cities ought to be.
- Statistics Saturday: The Size of Rhode Island in terms of Football Fields, which should help everyone understand one thing in terms of another.
- The End Of The Tree, another dialogue with our pet rabbit, who’s been looking out at the snow we got and not been happy with it.
- Ian Shoales: Doonesbury, in which Ian Shoales offered to be in the comic strips already.
- Statistics Saturday: A List Of Some Things Which Look Considerably More Dignified If Depicted Wearing Glasses, so, you’re welcome, artists trying to dignify-up your drawings.
- Why This Has Been Such A Happy Day and it’s because of velocipede dinosaurs is why!
- An Impostor’s Dream, a warning of … something or other … from the dream world, I guess.
There hasn’t been much good stuff bringing people to me in search terms, unfortunately. Some queries for specific articles like S J Perelman’s Captain Future, Block That Kick! or Mark Twain’s Awful, Terrible Medieval Romance, and for facts about Turbo, but nothing really better than “nebus furniture”. Also, Canada was never part of SEATO. Sorry about that.