Statistics May: How In May 2021 Everyone Figured They Had The Right Amount Of Me


The past couple months had unusual things bring readers here. People looking for that post about which color tablet makes which Easter egg color, for example. Easter isn’t all that unusual, but most months it doesn’t happen. Or people on Reddit linking to one of my pictures to explain Mark Trail drama. As best I can tell, in May, none of that happened. There were just people coming around for their usual reasons. These reasons are plot recaps of story strips, this one S J Perelman essay, and bots trying to place generic comments on every web site they can reach. And what does this imply for my readership totals?

They went incredibly average. May 2021 looks to be the average-est month I’ve ever had. WordPress says there were 4,910 page views in May 2021. That’s below the twelve-month running mean, leading up to May, of 5,478.7 views per month. But it’s almost dead on the twelve-month median, which was 4,930 page views. There were 2,979 unique visitors as WordPress counts these things. That’s again below the mean of 3,317.5. But it’s still quite close to the twelve-month running median of 2,979. There were 38 comments in May. In the twelve months leading up to May there were a mean of 41.3 comments per month, and a median of 39.5 comments per month.

Bar chart of two and a half years' worth of monthly readership figures. After an upward spike in April and a smaller hig point in March the readership was down to rather close to 5,000 page views in May.
Sometimes I wonder what kind of blogger I’d be if I hadn’t discovered people want to read me explaining Gil Thorp to them. It’s too horrible a fate to consider.

It’s in likability that May stands out. There were 199 things liked in May. The mean is 114.2 per month, and the median 120.5. I think people love me mentioning forgotten sitcom Alice.


The most popular things from May this past month were mostly comic strip news, as usual:

I’m glad other people are as baffled by remembering anything about Alice as I am. The most popular of the MiSTings was Dreams of a Lost Past/Loss, Part 2 of 4 and I don’t know why that should be the best-liked slice of that.

Not one of my most popular pieces, somehow, but deserving of attention? Here’s how to get rid of WordPress’s Block Editor and get the good editor back. You’re welcome, everybody who hates WordPress’s Block Editor, which is to say, everyone who uses WordPress’s Block Editor. This would include the people who programmed the Block Editor, except we know they do not use the Block Editor. If they used the Block Editor they would have either fixed any of its limitless problems, or resigned rather than continue to endorse that fiasco.

My plan for story comic recaps for the coming month is to do these:

As ever, that’s subject to rejiggering if events warrant. When Rocket Raccoon gets done insulting The Amazing Spider-Man, I figure to drop that strip. The comic will have cycled back into strips I’ve already recapped. While I could do a better job recapping them now, do I need to do that work?

I’m open to thoughts about how to replace Spider-Man. Might do one of the not-newspaper-syndicated story comics like Rip Haywire. Or the humor story strip Safe Havens. But since I’ve missed its big multi-year Mars Mission storyline that’s probably anticlimax. I will not be reporting on what’s going on in Endtown because by the time any Endtown story is a month old I have no idea what’s going on in it. But, if someone has a good idea, please share.


Mercator-style map of the world, with the United States in dark red and most of the New World, western Europe, South and Pacific Rim Asia, Australia, and New Zealand in a more uniform pink.
Also sometimes I wonder what it would be like if I hadn’t pre-written the alt text, to describe what this monthly readership map looks like, so I can copy and paste that to each month for which it applies. And what will happen if I ever have a month where it doesn’t apply, like because I get way more page views from Ecuador than from the United States.

In May, some 85 countries sent me any readers at all. 18 of them were a single reader each. Here’s the roster:

Country Readers
United States 3,416
India 226
United Kingdom 164
Canada 161
Germany 117
Brazil 91
Philippines 83
Australia 81
Italy 36
Spain 30
Sweden 29
France 28
Norway 26
Austria 22
Finland 22
Romania 21
Netherlands 18
Ecuador 17
South Africa 17
Denmark 16
Indonesia 16
European Union 14
Ireland 14
Mexico 14
Japan 12
Poland 12
Argentina 10
Jamaica 10
New Zealand 10
Czech Republic 9
Egypt 8
Greece 8
Albania 7
Malaysia 7
Turkey 7
Chile 6
French Guiana 6
Georgia 6
Israel 5
Nigeria 5
Portugal 5
South Korea 5
Thailand 5
Ukraine 5
Belgium 4
Cape Verde 4
Cayman Islands 4
Singapore 4
Switzerland 4
Bahamas 3
Colombia 3
Croatia 3
Hungary 3
Kuwait 3
Peru 3
Russia 3
St. Lucia 3
Taiwan 3
Bangladesh 2
Burundi 2
Costa Rica 2
Guernsey 2
Honduras 2
Hong Kong SAR China 2
Paraguay 2
Trinidad & Tobago 2
United Arab Emirates 2
Algeria 1 (*)
Brunei 1
Bulgaria 1
China 1
Dominican Republic 1 (*)
Guatemala 1
Iceland 1
Latvia 1 (*)
Lebanon 1
Libya 1
Lithuania 1
Macau SAR China 1
Maldives 1
Morocco 1
Oman 1
Qatar 1 (*)
Saudi Arabia 1
Serbia 1

Algeria, Dominican Republic, Latvia, and Qatar were single-view countries in April also. There’s no countries that have gone three months in a row with one view each.


WordPress says I posted 26,084 words in May, bringing my year’s total up to 101,995. I’ll accept that, even though it means my average post was a hefty 841.4 words. I think the MiSTings are ratcheting my averages up. It does bring my average post for the year up to 676 words. That’s the highest that figure’s been this year.

In the time between US President Dwight Eisenhower’s first meeting with Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru (1956) and the start of June, I have posted 3,042 pieces here. They were viewed a total 237,789 times by 136,548 unique visitors.

If you’d like to be a regular reader, great! Keep doing the thing you’re doing right now. That would be easier if you have an RSS reader. You won’t show up in my statistics, unless you comment, but you can read the articles from my RSS feed. If you don’t have an RSS reader you can sign up for a free account at Dreamwidth or Livejournal. Then https://www.dreamwidth.org/feeds/ or https://www.livejournal.com/syn lets you add any RSS feed to your friends page. More blogs than you imagine have RSS feeds. Give it a try.

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Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

5 thoughts on “Statistics May: How In May 2021 Everyone Figured They Had The Right Amount Of Me”

  1. My favorite fictional Nebushumor essays

    WHY ARE THERE NEW BACKGROUNDS ON “Graffitti”? IS “Graffiti” STILL A THING?

    CALCULATING THE NUMBER BLEEM (BY SPECIAL REQUEST FROM THE ESTATE OF GEORGE CARLIN)

    60’S POPEYE: “JEEP TRICK” – EUGENE GETS YET ANOTHER ORIGIN STORY, THIS ONE INVOLVING THE EVIL MAGICIAN FROM THE RB “FROSTY” SPECIAL

    MISTED: “POPEYE MEETS THE MAN WHO HATED LAUGHTER,BUT LOVED CAT DANCING AND LEARNED TO LOVE THE BOMB”

    EPISODES OF “THE TONY RANDAL SHOW” THAT I REMEMBER FOR SOME REASON.

    IF MAJOR HOOPLE EVER MET JUDGE PUFFLE WOULD THE WORLD EXPLODE IN ON ITSELF?

    DO MALE KANGAROOS HAVE POUCH ENVY?

    IN WHICH I’M INFORMED I INSULTED PAUL McCARTNEY LAST THURSDAY.

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    1. Ah, some of these end up being extremely fictional; I can’t remember a thing about The Tony Randall Show, even though it seems like the sort of thing I’d have paid attention to at the time. Also a mysterious complete gap in my mind: The New Odd Couple (1982), which tried to … wait.

      Wait.

      Sorry, I just learned DePatie-Freleng Studios did a Saturday Morning cartoon version called The Oddball Couple. Playing the Felix role was …

      No, I have to stop and verify that this entire thing isn’t a prank I snuck into Wikipedia somehow.

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  2. Yep,they made “The Oddball Couple” around the time they made “The Barkleys”,the cartoon version of “All In the Family” that wasn’t “Wait Till Your Father Gets Home”

    The “Tony Randall Show” was a pretty good MTM work and family comedy with Tony playing a Phillidelphia judge with the actor who would go on to play Jerry Seinfeld’s dad as his court clerk,and a sassy English maid at home with his two kids (he was a widower I think).

    For what it’s worth I came thisclose to using EPISODES OF “C.P.O. SHARKEY ” I REMEMBER FOR SOME REASON but then figured no-one was watching NBC when it was on,not even fictionally. You have to have some element of believability to a post like this.

    To finish your above thought– … playing the Felix role was a Cat Named Spiffy. Also,Fleabag,the Oscar character had a secretary named Goldie Hound which as far as I know is the closest we came to an animated version of “LaughIn” unless you count “Baggy Pants and the Nitwits”.

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    1. I appreciate all this insight into a bunch of shows I do not remember at all! And I’m amazed more and more by The Oddball Couple.

      Now, the weird obscurities that I remember bits of for absolutely no good reason include Mama Malone, because the gimmick that it was also a show being done from inside the apartment and they were kind of trying to give cooking recipes caught my imagination; also It’s Your Move, because the chessboard-themed opening credits worked for me for some reason; and then Lottery!, for that episode where the lottery-winner doesn’t believe the lottery was legitimate and tears up the check and throws away the $5,000 advance, and while they’re ultimately convinced the thing is legit and can get a new check, the five thousand dollars is lost forever … only in the last scene you see a guy at the garbage dump see five one-thousand-dollar-bills flutter out, and he grabs them, and starts doing this happy little dance.

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