Some Year-End Blog Stats for 2012
For those who like such things, I thought you might like to know what was popular on my blog in 2012. This is the first time I have a complete year to report on–which is an achievement in itself, I suppose. Let’s begin.
Last year, I wrote 274 blog articles. Of all the articles I’ve written since the blog began, these were the top five most visited in 2012:
- Banned Book Profile: The Harry Potter Series
- Book Review: THE SHINING by Stephen King
- The Graham Cracker Question
- The Truth About Captcha
- Paul’s Epistle to the Romans: Why a Study on Romans?
Now, I have no idea why these were visited. Maybe people were looking for pictures to use on their blogs, or maybe they were genuinely interested in the articles. Who knows? It’s interesting that many of these were actually written in 2011, which goes to show that their high visit-rate was cumulative. That is, these were articles that were visited by maybe a handful of people most days last year, as opposed to articles that got hundreds of visitors over a few days.
Of articles written in 2012, these were the most visited:
- The Truth About Captcha
- What Happened to Google Friend Connect?
- Sunday Devotional: Philippians 4:8
- Google Reader Subscriber Stats
- Friday Fives: X-Men
Again, I can only speculate why these were visited–but those were the ones with the most hits.
It appears my blog visitors came from 143 countries! Most were from the US, with the UK and Canada not far behind (you know who you are, Robin, Cole, Emma Maree, Jaime…).
The article that generated the most conversation was my Road Trip Wednesday contribution for July 11: A Novel Improvement, where we talked about movies that improved upon novels. There were 56 comments (including my responses) to my suggestion that the movie version of THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA was better than the book. While opinions differed about that, I think we all agreed that Meryl Streep was amazing.
I probably do this more than I realize, but I want to thank every blog visitor, and especially those who visit regularly. I have absolutely no idea how many people have subscribed to this blog by some means, but I gather there are some of you out there just by the regularity of your visits. I can’t tell you how nice it is to know that I’m not just typing to the ether, and there are at least a few people who read most, if not all, of my posts. Thank you thank you thank you!
Please feel free to use the comments to offer any words of encouragement, and especially let me know of articles on this blog from last year that were most memorable to you. This isn’t an exercise in ego-inflation (well, perhaps it is a little bit), but it tells me what kind of articles you like to read–or what kind of articles I write best. Which then helps me make this blog better and more useful.