So here it is the first original post by me since the 23rd of May. At that time I had just landed in Shannon, Ireland for a refueling stop, on my way home for the first time since the very early morning 4 OCT 11. I finally made it home the night of 24 May 12. It was great to be home – but that is for another post.
This one is going to delve in to the ubiquitous WordPress stats that hooked me into this blogging thing 3+ months ago. I was amazed at the reach of my little blog. The number of hits my posts received and the comments people posted are about 90% responsible for me continuing. Obviously I am ‘out of the groove’ and honestly a little hesitant to get back into it, but I gotta do something…I’m just not convinced this is what it should be.
Anyway, back to the stats. So far I have published 106 posts (this will make it 107) and I have 202 official WordPress followers. Of these 202, 37 follow by email & 165 through WordPress itself. It appears you can set up a WordPress account without needing to write a blog. As of 1846, 15 Jun 12, I have had 30,938 views! That is a crap-ton of clicks by any measure. My busiest single day remains 27 Apr 12 with 1045 hits. In the absence of new content I am averaging over 100 views/day. I think it is pretty remarkable that there are that many folks poking around at my stuff. It makes me feel like it is worth doing.
WordPress allows me to see what brings people to my little corner of the web. The biggest single thing that gets people to me is search engines. Currently they are responsible for 3037 views, followed closely by Facebook, which has netted me 2624 views. WordPress is way down as number 3, bringing me 802 views. Twitter has only brought me a measly 187 hits. I guess the Tweeters are too cool to look at a blog (as discussed here). A lot of folks find me through other blogs. The blog that has brought me the most fame is that of Luke (Bridging War & Hope), the TV producer/reporter who spent some time with my unit in April. His readers have come to me in larger numbers than the Tweetheads. He is responsible for 257 hits – thanks Luke!
Another fascinating stat WordPress tracks is how the search engines linked the unsuspecting to me. The search terms used which subsequently led them to me run from the obvious (‘FOB Apache’ is the leader 170 views associated with it) to the odd (‘kinky shower stories’). To me, one of the most interesting search terms is “fob lagman is a mile or two away as the crow flies”. That is actually what I had written in one of my first posts (here)…how and why did it become a search term? Hmmm.
The single most popular page is, naturally, my homepage, which is responsible for 6958 views. The single post that has generated the most interest is Toilets on the FOB with 379 views, followed closely by my About page. I did update that a few weeks back, so you may be interested in checking it out again. I have several posts with less than 100 views, meaning my loyal followers are reading them in the email rather than clicking and coming to WordPress to read them. I know that they are all getting read though, just not tracked, right? I am actually surprised that some of the posts with lots of pictures do not have more views. My understanding is that if a reader clicks the picture to make it big & more viewable it counts as another unique view or click. That leads me to believe most of you are just skimming through the thumbnail sized images rather than clicking to look at the full-size images. Maybe my readers do not know they can click on the small picture to open it full size? Maybe I need to change my blog template to just have them posted full-size all the time? What do you think?
Another early stat that I watched closely was in what country are the hits coming from? Well, more accurately, what country is the IP address getting pinged from, hence giving that country credit for the hit? I have had readers from 78 countries around the world. Not surprisingly, the US is responsible for a huge majority (25,780) with the UK second with 850 views. Romania is third, responsible for 582 hits on my blog & Australia is close behind with 540 hits. I’m going to have to move Romania and Australia up on my ‘Countries I plan to visit’ list. I am happy to report I have triple digit page views from Italy and Iceland, but I am still missing Fiji. I did have a few hits from Luxembourg, but I need someone in the area to stop in Lichtenstein and open my blog so I can have some hits from that little jewel of a country. Since my views from Switzerland and Austria are low in the single digits, it may be awhile…but maybe someone in northern Italy can take a day trip to a coffee shop over there?
I want to thank everyone for taking the time from your busy life to read my ramblings and look at my pictures. If you have any ideas on topics I should cover or tips on how to improve my pictures, please let me know. Comments are always appreciated.
Have a great day!