So the easy thing to conclude about my WordPress readership statistics from June is that my becalming has continued. There were 1,063 page views around here. That’s down from 1,198 in May, but kind of up-ish from April’s 1,043. The unique visitor count dropped from May’s 677 down to 606. But that’s still up from April’s 583. And down from March’s 632. Doesn’t seem like a lot of progress, does it?
Page likes were down to 180, which completes this strange little parabola the past five months. Both May and March had 201 likes. April, in-between them, had 213. And February? … had 178. I’m not sure whether I’m more bothered that two more people didn’t like me back then, or that two fewer people didn’t like me in June.
The ever-erratic comments count was up again. It popped back to 52 comments in June. Since that doesn’t count internal links I know that’s 52 times someone said something around here. I think most of that was talk about video games. May, my first month without internal links being counted as comments, only had 25 comments.
Ah, but here’s the exciting thing: for the first time in maybe a year none of my most-read posts were about Apartment 3-G. Coverage of that strip’s sad collapse was still in my top ten — people never tire of watching slow-motion, sad, confusing disasters — but I’m not looking for another comic strip to snark about relentlessly. Funky Winkerbean is already well-covered. 9 Chickweed Lane is just too awful to read on purpose. And, anyway, for the first time in I don’t know how long all my top five entries were things I had written, not public-domain Robert Benchley pieces or pointers to Vic and Sade episodes or the like. I’m glad when people read those, mind, especially since they’re fairly easy writing. But it’s gratifying to be read for my own voice whatever that is.
The most popular posts around here in June were, apparently:
- Oddball News Review: The Man Who Paints Cows, me complaining that the guy wasn’t cow-painting enough for me.
- Why Grand Strategy Games Are Thrilling and yes, it’s because of Connecticut.
- An Open Letter To, Really, Every Social Media Ever which I’m glad to see here because it’s the thing from June I liked best.
- Why Grand Strategy Games Take Seven Freaking Years To Learn How To Play and mostly I’m just making fun of a little accident in the tutorial’s design.
- Not Explaining The Convention We Didn’t Go To because a FAQ just raised further questions.
There’s soe nice interesting search terms that brought people here. Among them:
- why is funky winkerbean so depressing (Oh, gads, you could guest-write a blog.)
- why does mary worth look different in comic strip lately (New artist for the Sunday strips is why.)
- famous non functioning clock stuck at 10:06:26 (I never heard of it, myself.)
- is someone else drawing mary worth? (Looks up two items. Um. Yes, Sundays.)
- ants in the plants cartoon (?)
The month started at 36,952 page views, and 19,157 recorded unique visitors. WordPress also says there’s 664 WordPres.com visitors, which isn’t much up from the start of June’s 660. Maybe I need to advertise or something.
Now for what people really want: a list of countries. The greatest number of page views came from mostly the usual folks this past month:
- United States (677)
- Canada (57)
- Germany (52)
- Portugal (46)
- India (31)
I don’t know why Portugal’s liked me recently. I have faintly nice thoughts about it, I guess, mostly based on grand strategy games and how convenient it is having Portugal on yourside. But I can’t imagine Portugal folks would single me out for appreciation based on that. It’s not like you can’t go it without Portugal if that’s what happens, for example. And why should anyone in Portugal care about my game-playing since I don’t do multiplayer grand strategy gaming?.
Single-reader countries this time around include:
- Greece (**)
- Hong Kong SAR China
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Norway (*)
- South Korea (*)
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Ukraine (**)
- United Arab Emirates
The (*) countries were single-reader countries last month. (**) countries are on three-month streaks here. Nobody’s on a four-month streak. But things are looking good if I attract just a tiny bit of kind-of interest from Greece. … Also, hey, Singapore, what’s the deal? Poland at least sent me four page views. European Union, 2, and let’s just set aside the standard comment about that in light of whatever the heck the deal even is there.
If you aren’t a WordPress follower, or an e-mail subscriber, you could be. There’s still room. There’s a little blue button to “Follow Another Blog, Meanwhile” at the upper left corner of the page, to the left of the headline. Under that should be a Follow By E-Mail button. If there isn’t, nobody’s told me, possibly because they don’t know how to get my e-mail. And I’m on Twitter, where I don’t have to go looking so old-fashioned by including the – in “e-mail”.