I’ve seen other bloggers gleefully, boastfully, posting about their year-end WordPress stats. Much against my own advice and better judgement, I’ve decided to serve up a little tale of my own results.
I don’t remember WordPress presenting stats, last year. Even if they did, I only managed to get out two posts in late November, and another two in December, before the *Flu To End All Flus* almost ended me, and F….ouled up my vision. I could barely run the keyboard, much less the WordPress platform.
Over the past year, I’ve improved and increased my output, but still didn’t set the world on fire. The fireworks on my report consisted of a picture of the kid next door, with a birthday candle in a cupcake. In my report’s reference to Mount Everest, apparently the cargo plane hasn’t even landed at the airport in Nepal. If my output were compared to Sisyphus pushing the boulder up the hill, he’d still only be halfway up, the first time.
Actually, not setting the world on fire with my prose is not a disappointment. It was neither an expectation nor a desire, when I started. Veni, Vidi, Vocab. You came, you read, and you commented, and for that, I am greatly gratified. I continue to read, and be read by, some interesting and impressive people.
Actually, a couple of things about the daily report, interest and confuse me more than anything in the big year-end wrap-up. Along with other bloggers, I am surprised by the themes of posts which seem to attract the most views. Post something about Native poverty, or religious intolerance, and get the usual crowd slouching through, kicking the tires. Put up a little fluff piece, and have to step back into a corner, to keep from having my toes stepped on.
My most visited piece this past year, was a (hopefully) humorous acceptance speech for a blog award which had been flung at me. For three or four months, my most-visited day was 71 viewers. Near the beginning of December, suddenly that same day was only worth 69 views. Wha’ happun?? Did two of my readers die?!
I offer that possibility flippantly, but, one of my followers is a cancer sufferer, and another is a hopefully recovering drug/alcohol addict who was missing for about three months, because she had a car crash. Neither has posted in months. I am concerned! Can any of you techies out there explain why my reported viewership is shrinking? I believe I remember Edward Hotspur mentioning that the same thing had happened to him.
The other thing which baffles me, is the new, “so many actual visitors/so many different page-views” daily report. During one day, when I checked, the report showed 5 visitors, and 6 separate views….yet I had 10 *likes*! Somewhat later in the day, when my ego drove me to check again, it still showed only 5 visitors….but now 7 different views, even though all views were of the most recent post, and I now had 11 *likes*.
Again, if one of you who understand WordPress workings wishes to explain its arcane actuarial tables, I’m interested, but not concerned. When I reached my one-hundredth post, I expressed concern about coming up with more blog-themes. It may have been like driving past a traffic accident, but apparently I entertain a few folks, and was urged to continue posting my digital diarrhea. I’m now near 140 posts, and occasional ideas continue to pop up. You’ll not get rid of me easily. I’m goin’ out typing and tapping….
……Gerry Seinfeld just called. He said, Enough of the Yada-Yada, Nothin’ already, put this puppy to bed before all my readers doze off. I just threw this post together because I wanted something time-sensitive. I’ll be here all week, ladies and gentlemen. I’ll be back soon with a Christmas-cookie photo spread, and some more serious fare. A Happy New Year to all, and to all – good blogging.