Five years ago, I took the advice of writing pundits that I should blog as an author, so I did it sporadically and half-heartedly for four years. I didn’t do regular posts. I wasn’t committed. I didn’t know what to do.
Then in 2017, my husband and I took a fabulous trip to Ireland and England, and it hit me–blog about every day of the trip. We were gone for 23 days, so I had topics for twenty-three posts, and I was off and running. I realized the power in having planned blogs. My statistics changed, and last year, I hit it full tilt. Now I have a database of topics for 2019 already.
I wanted to take this opportunity to look at my statistics and thoughtfully consider what’s working and what needs to be tweaked! Let’s look at my statistics for the last five years:
For the first two years I had 207 views but my visitors increase. In 2016 views more than doubled and visitors increased also. In 2017 again, views increased but visitors more than doubled.
But 2018, my numbers went off the map! My views increased more than six times and the visitors jumped by seven times. Wow! Why?
Over the years I increased my posts, and last year I posted on a regular weekly basis–some weeks I posted twice a week. I more than doubled the number of posts published. What do I take from that? Readers like regular blog posts, and they like more.
Here’s what my posts published statistics look like:
- 2014 – 7
- 2015 – 16
- 2016 – 6
- 2017 – 22
- 2018 – 55
Let’s look at specifics from 2018. My most popular post published was “Day 3 – 4 Kissing A Stone and on to Killarney.” I wondered about its popularity for months, then my husband said it was the blog post that came up every time he went to my blog, so is that the reason? Or are people enamored with “Kissing the Blarney Stone?”
“Live Lively, Square Dance” was the second most popular. I shared it on several Facebook square dance pages, and the response was great. Sharing about my personal life seems to spark more interest.
What was your favorite blog post of mine in 2018?
I love the growth statistics this last year, but I do have two disappointing statistics: likes and comments.
- 2014 – 0
- 2015 – 1
- 2016 – 8
- 2017 – 45
- 2018 – 136
- 2014 – 0
2015 – 2
2016 – 77
2017 – 8
2018 – 48
I want more interaction with my visitors. I end each blog with questions to stimulate conversation, so help me out. What do I need to do? What would make you like and/or comment more on my blog?
Visitors to my blog come from all over the world which fascinates me, so what countries visited my blog last year and how many did I have for each country?
- United States – 3962
- Australia – 108
- Canada – 103
- United Kingdom – 69
- Germany – 36
- Ireland – 34
- India – 26
- Japan – 25
- Hong Kong (China) – 19
- Sweden – 8
Other countries listed are Netherlands, Philippines, Qatar, Mexico, Russia, Denmark, Singapore, Indonesia, Taiwan, France, Armenia, Portugal, Belgium, Ukraine, Spain, Lithuania, New Zealand, Finland, Egypt, Romania, Thailand, Italy, China, Cameroon, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Poland, and Colombia. Readers from 29 countries have visited my blog in 2018–Wow!
So, why did you come to my blog from such far-away places? Let me know.
One more change I did these last two years was use a variety of quality photographs and graphics.
Over 84% of all marketing strategies use images, popular GIFs, graphics, animations, and signs among others to pass information. Visual communication has more impact in passing information to people.https://www.eztalks.com/unified-communications/why-visual-communicaion-is-important.html
I plan to include these topics this year:
- Our Travels
- Square Dancing
- Marshall Flippo and promoting my new book
- Personal life stories
- Being 65 and fully alive
- Holiday highlights
- Ranch life in southeastern Colorado
All-in-all, my blog has become a major focus of my writing career, so stick around and see where we go this next year!
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