When I first started blogging five years ago, I paid close attention to the stats. How many people read my blog each day? What kinds of posts did people read? Where did I get comments? I was writing about my hobby, and I had the time and energy to put together one, two, or even three decent posts each day.
Now, four years into this travel blog and five years into my blogging "career", the numbers don't matter so much. Life gets in the way, and posting doesn't happen for months at a time. Ruts are scattered down the road, and I don't write the kinds of stories I want to.
I'm blogging for myself, but I like to see that others are benefiting from my thoughts. And the stats can teach me a bit about what works, and provide at least a little entertainment, too!
So let's see what this blog looks like after four years.
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My busiest month to date was in August 2014, when I had nearly 8000 hits. With a couple months of consistent writing I think I'll beat that this year.
One more statistic that stands out: 320 comments. Some of those are my replies. So most readers are just, well, reading. Sure, there isn't much to say in many of my posts, but 320 is a stark contrast to the number of comments on my hobby blog.
So those are Google's statistics for this blog over about four years. Did I learn anything? Yes, if I want really popular posts I should show photos of pierced women eating peanut butter cups while shopping at Don Quixote. Maybe later.
As always, thank you for reading. And please, post comments!