Statistics February: How Much Less People Are Interested in Me When Wilbur Weston’s Not On-Screen

There is no getting around it: people really, really want to follow Wilbur Weston dying. Since my last Mary Worth plot recap, he has not died. He didn’t even get a round of people to start slapping him and never stop, the way he deserved. And with that, my readership has dropped again. So let’s take a look at the specifics.

January 2022 was my most popular month in almost a year. February 2022 was almost suspicious in its averageness. WordPress recorded 5,411 page views here. For the twelve months from February 2021 through January 2022, the mean was 5,206.3 page views and the median 4,585. There were 3,012 unique visitors, down from January again. But the twelve-month running mean was 3,067.9 unique visitors. The median was 2,616.5 visitors. So really this suggests a month with more readers than average, and looking at the graph suggests that.

Bar chart of two and a half years' worth of monthly readership figures. After a peak in April 2021 the months have been hovering around 4500 views per month, with a sharp rise in January 2022 and drop for February.
Mm. Hmm. Hm. How wrong would it be to offer Tony DePaul cash in exchange for having Mozz write up the death of Wilbur Weston? Bear in mind things have been a little tight and I could only go up to $37.25.

The number of likes continued its ongoing decline, to a mere 151 over the month. But the twelve-month running average was 149.7 likes, and the median 149, so, what more could I want? Comments I don’t answer? I got 52 of them (counting my answers), below the running mean of 59.1 and running median of 56.5.

What were the popular things from February? Comic strip talk, obviously. What people wanted to see was Wilbur Weston die, fairly enough. Or to hear whether it’s just them or has Comics Kingdom screwed up its web site. It’s not you. Just go ahead and assume, for all time, that Comics Kingdom has messed something up. So here’s the five most popular things from February and see if you can work out what the readers want to see:

My most popular piece that was not based on comic strips? That would be In Which I Am Looking for a Peer Reviewer and reveal that I’m spending my days watching Buzzr instead of doing anything else. I’m sorry, but Celebrity Whew! is a crackling good watch. Also, I believe I have worked out a scenario in which a contestant on Card Sharks could run out of cards, but I want to confirm my reasoning before publishing my results.

My schedule for the story comic plot recaps, for the coming month, is this:

All of that is subject to breaking news, of course. But all the story strip plot recaps are at this link, if you want to be sure you miss none of them.

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 coincidentally a map of the telegraph-connected world as of 1872.

There were fully 90 countries sending me readers in February, up from January’s figure. 24 of them were single-view countries, a substantial jump percentage-wise from January’s 17. Here’s the roster of those figures:

Country Readers
United States 4,219
India 195
Canada 144
United Kingdom 123
Australia 78
Germany 62
Philippines 56
Brazil 49
Sweden 41
Italy 28
Spain 26
Finland 25
Mexico 24
Japan 21
Ireland 18
Turkey 18
Colombia 15
France 15
Russia 15
Egypt 13
Nigeria 13
Belgium 10
Poland 10
Saudi Arabia 9
Argentina 8
Norway 7
Vietnam 7
Costa Rica 6
Singapore 6
Switzerland 6
Uruguay 6
Bulgaria 5
Ecuador 5
Greece 5
Malaysia 5
New Zealand 5
Thailand 5
Barbados 4
Cyprus 4
Czech Republic 4
Hong Kong SAR China 4
Indonesia 4
Netherlands 4
Pakistan 4
Peru 4
Puerto Rico 4
South Africa 4
Guatemala 3
Portugal 3
Romania 3
Slovakia 3
U.S. Virgin Islands 3
United Arab Emirates 3
Austria 2
Azerbaijan 2
Denmark 2
Israel 2
Kenya 2
Kuwait 2
Luxembourg 2
Macedonia 2
Malta 2
Mongolia 2
South Korea 2
Taiwan 2
Venezuela 2
Albania 1
American Samoa 1
Anguilla 1
Bangladesh 1
Belize 1
Bolivia 1
Bosnia & Herzegovina 1
Brunei 1
Cambodia 1
Cameroon 1
Cuba 1
Estonia 1 (*)
Ethiopia 1
European Union 1
Ghana 1
Hungary 1
Lebanon 1
Libya 1
Myanmar (Burma) 1
Oman 1
Papua New Guinea 1
Paraguay 1
Slovenia 1
Ukraine 1

Estonia was the only country to send me a single page view in January also. There’s no countries on a three-month streak of reading me as slightly as possible.

WordPress figures that I published 16,171 words in February. That’s an average of 577.5 words per posting, both figures down from January but not by much. The average to date this year dropped from 587 words per post to 583.

Between the launch of Voyager 2 in 1977 and the start of March there were 3,315 posts in this blog, which drew a total of 200,487 views from 160,436 unique visitors. And they drew 5,026 comments altogether. I don’t know which one was the 5,000th. I also don’t know if that counts the ‘Pending’ ones that I’m pretty sure are spam but can’t bring myself to delete. Also a couple from people who wanted to give me a not-for-publication comment or correction.

If you’d like to be a commenter, please say something. If you’d like to be a reader, please read. The RSS feed for my essays is this link. Or you can click the “Follow Another Blog, Meanwhile” button at the upper-right corner of this page, and get it in your WordPress reader. You can also use the subscription box to get posts e-mailed to you in that narrow window between my scheduled post and my first round of typo corrections. I don’t do anything with your e-mails besides have WordPress send out posts, but I can’t say anything about what WordPress does with them. Sorry.

Author: Joseph Nebus

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

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