This has been my first full year of blogging (I started in October 2017) and it’s been quite the adventure. It’s become a huge part of my life, and it’s been my primary source of connection to other people. It makes me wonder why on earth it took so long for me to clue in that blogging was something I should try. It’s interesting to watch the ebb and flow of people coming and going in the blogging world. Some bloggers who were very active early in the year have faded away, while others have continued to grow and amazing new bloggers are joining our community all the time.
It seems like a good time to reflect on some of my stats for the year. Not the likes and follower numbers and that kind of thing that can get stressful, but the quirky insights that WordPress can give you.
My blog has been viewed in some interesting areas, including Iraq, Mongolia, Sierra Leone, and Angola. There was also one view from Kyrgyzstan, which was likely by my future husband and/or his yak. I guess they get internet signal in the yurt, which means that even when I decide to run away from the world I’ll be able to keep blogging.
Number of posts
This year I’ve done 412 posts, for a total of over 200,000 words. That brings my total number of posts to 455. I decided in the spring that I wanted to post daily, and with the odd exception I’ve been able to stick to that. Not that I actually write every day; the scheduling feature on WordPress is my best friend. I always have multiple drafts on the go. I mark some of them with notes in all caps at the beginning of the title to help keep me organized, but a few times I’ve forgotten to remove them and came very close to accidentally publishing “TEMPLATE: Weekend wrap-up”.
How people got to my blog
Most came from WordPress. Pinterest was #2 and search engines were #3. And that’s where things got interesting. #4 was the website havingtime.com. I’ve never heard of this site before, and when I take a look at the specific pages WordPress lists I don’t actually see links to my site on any of them. I’m puzzled, but not sure how to solve the mystery.
Some interesting search terms that led people onto my blog:
- “documentary about fsu student on psychotroic meds that goes on a killing spree”
- “when ight or flight is suicide for the victim”
- “you always remember where you begins”
- mountain climbing
- “”i met” “sex””
Gotta enjoy the typos, but it’s also a bit creepy that what we enter into search engines is so public.
What people look at on my blog
My home page has had the most views overall. The post with the most views is Identifying emotions. It’s had 100 more views than the next most popular post, and 300 more then the third most popular post. I have no idea how it got to be so popular.
I feel very comfortable on my blog, but I’ve tried to extend myself beyond that comfort zone. I’ve done guest posts on some other bloggers’ sites, and I’ve had stories on mental health sites like Time to Change. I’ve discovered that the sites Medium and Psyche pay (albeit a very small amount) based on number of views of your post. Even if I get a few cents that’s pretty cool.
How has your blogging year been? And what’s the most obscure country that’s viewed your blog?
The Mental Health @ Home Store has a how-to guide on building a WordPress.com blog from the ground up. It’s got lots of useful tips whether you’re just getting started or wanting to take advantage of more of WordPress’s features.