It’s the time of month I like to look at what my readership around here has been like. There’s a lot of things I do for curious reasons. November saw my readership decline, part of what seems like a long trend. I mean, I understand people not wanting to stick around while I’m rerunning so much writing, but I’ve been rerunning less lately.
Still, the bad news first. There were 4,229 page views here in November, from 2,367 unique visitors. They seem like big enough numbers, if you consider having that many people over for lunch. But compared to the twelve-month running averages? The arithmetic mean going into November was 5,332.3 views per month, and the median 4,844. The arithmetic mean was 3,197.5 unique visitors per month, and the median was 2,879.5.
Now to the good news. THe things that measure involvement seem to be up. 174 things got likes here in November, well above the running mean of 142.1 and the median of 136.5. And there were 63 comments, comfortably above the mean of 54.2 and median of 48.
There were 499 posts that got looked at over the course of November. The five most popular from November turned out to be the seven most popular, owing to a three-way tie for fifth:
- What’s Going On In The Phantom (Sundays)? What exactly is The Visitor? August – October 2021
- In Which My Understanding of _Krazy Kat_ Is Broken
- What’s Going On In Judge Parker? Why did Abbey burn down her hotel? August – November 2021
- How 1989’s got me running late now
- Reposted: The 41st Talkartoon: Admission Free, a cartoon that jumps the tracks
- You can get Amid Amidi’s _Cartoon Modern_ for free now
- And now with the flowers
More popular than anything from November was one October post: What’s Going On In The Phantom (weekdays)? Are we about to see the death of the 21st Phantom? . I am happy to have the story strips doing things that they want looked up. I’m tempted to bump Mary Worth ahead in the rotation. I so want to explore what the heck Mary Worth thinks is so great about Wilbur Weston anyway. Nobody really knows. My best guess is he has photos of her showing affection toward Dr Jeff.
But if I stick to my schedule for the story comics? That’s to have these plots explained, these dates:
- Jonathan Lemon and Joey Alison Sayers’s Alley Oop (7 December)
- Tony DePaul and Mike Manley’s The Phantom (Weekdays) (14 December)
- Mark Schultz and Thomas Yeates’s Prince Valiant (21 December)
- Joe Staton, Shelley Pleger, and Shane Fisher’s Dick Tracy (with Mike Curtis for some of the while) (28 December)
- Jim Scancarelli’s Gasoline Alley (4 January 2022)
And I try to keep all my story comic plot recaps at this link.
There were 77 countries that sent me readers in November. That’s a bit more than October, so, apparently I’m mildly interesting to a broader section of humanity. There were 13 single-view countries this month, compared to 14 the month before, so that mildness is a bit intensified too. So here’s the roster:
|Trinidad & Tobago||7|
|United Arab Emirates||5|
|Hong Kong SAR China||1|
|Papua New Guinea||1|
Ukraine is the only single-view country two months running. Also I had a hundred more views from India in November than in October, for some reason.
WordPress’s calculation is that I published 22,935 words in November, bringing my total for the year to 250,507. This was an average 764.5 words per posting in November, and 750 words per post all year. All those MiSTings, that’s what it must be.
Between the first Christmas episode of game show Press Your Luck I’ve posed 3,225 things to this blog. They’ve gathered 263,690 views from 150,999 unique visitors. WordPress thinks I have 1,383 followers, which implies I ought to have had at minimum 41,490 views this past month. Just observing.
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And thank you for whatever kind of interaction we have here.