December 2020 was the second month that I’ve been in low-power-mode here. That’s been marked by using old Mystery Science Theater 3000 fanfiction for the weekly long-form pieces, and lots and lots of Popeye cartoon reviews for daily stuff. It was a bit more actually active than in November. I suppose in the next months I’ll have more non-review writing here, as I feel able to do. But, again, writing about Popeye cartoons is comfortable and easy and I understand I’ve needed more comfortable and easy.
Ah, but how did this affect my desire to be popular? And that’s what I try to do a review of monthly readership figures for.
All my readership statistics, as WordPress logs them, fell in December. There were 5,759 page views recorded, from 3,381 unique visitors. The twelve-month running mean, for December 2019 through November 2020, was 4,462.2 page views in a month. The twelve-month median was 4,228 page views. So I do feel good about coming in above average. The twelve-month running mean was 2,632.3 unique visitors per month. The median was 2,450.5 unique visitors. So again that’s comfortably above the average.
There were 128 things liked in December. That beats the twelve-month running averages — 98.4 likes as a mean; 99.5 likes as a median. It’s still well below, like, the average for 2019, or 2018. I don’t know if it’s me or if it’s WordPress.com that’s in such a decline. Or whether buying my own domain name would help, however much WordPress advertises the service. The most dire single number was comments: there were only 18 in December. The twelve-month mean was 32.9, and the median 36.5. I may be asking too much of people to ask them to have an opinion about a 1960s Popeye cartoon.
What did people want to read here in December? Anything about Mark Trail. I only do so much of that. Most of it was older comic strip posts, though. The five most popular essays posted here in November or December ended in a three-way tie, naturally enough. But here’s the roster:
- What’s Going On In Mark Trail? Do you hate the new Mark Trail? August – November 2020
- What’s Going On In The Phantom (Sundays)? Who’s this Emperor Joonkar? September – November 2020
- Statistics November: How Many People Wanted Me To Fix Mark Trail Last Month
- Statistics Saturday: Things You Forgot Happened This Year
- What’s got my plans diverted now
- MiSTed: The Tale of Fatty Coon, Chapter VII
I’m surprised The Phantom drew so many views but, all right. I am embarrassed that among the things I forgot to list as happening in 2020: that time in Animal Crossing when suddenly everything was eggs.
Still, what people always really want to read is the story strip recaps. The comic strips I plan to look at the next month include:
- Tony DePaul and Mike Manley’s The Phantom (Weekdays) (12 January)
- Mark Schultz and Thomas Yeates’s Prince Valiant (19 January)
- Joe Staton, Mike Curtis, Shelley Pleger, and Shane Fisher’s Dick Tracy
- Jim Scancarelli’s Gasoline Alley (2 February)
- Jules Rivera’s Mark Trail (9 February)
There were 88 countries or country-like countries sending me any page views in December. 23 of them were single-view countries. Here’s the roster:
|Hong Kong SAR China||8|
|Trinidad & Tobago||5|
|Bosnia & Herzegovina||2|
|Costa Rica||1 (*)|
|Isle of Man||1|
Colombia, Costa Rica, Mauritius, and Qatar were single-view countries in November. Bahrain and Israel were single-view countries for the third month in a row. Nobody’s on a four-month streak.
Between that time everyone got mad at U2 because they Apple gave everyone their album and the start of January 2021, I posted 2,891 things here. They gathered a total 207,519 views from 117,505 logged unique visitors.
In December 2020 I posted 19,802 words, for an average of 638.8 words per posting in the month. And that’s brought my annual words-per-posting, for 2020, up to 559. Popeye cartoons are easy to write about; they’re hard to write about succinctly.
So, what will I write for tomorrow, as I’ve used up past years’ chapters of The Tale of Fatty Coon? And past that? You can see by checking in here regularly. Or by adding the essays here to your RSS reader. If you don’t have an RSS reader, you can get one easily. One way is by signing up for a free account with Dreamwidth or Livejournal. Then you can add any RSS feed to your reading page, through this link for Dreamwidth and through this link for Livejournal. Or you could just click the “Follow Another Blog, Meanwhile” link on this page, and have it in your WordPress reader.
However you do it, though, thank you for reading. See you again soon, I hope.