2018 Blog Year In Review

I know this won’t be of interest to anyone else, but I was curious about how our blog did in 2018. So, I spent some time looking at statistics. Since I put in the work, I figured I’d write a little something about it.

Overall, I think we had a pretty good year. According to WordPress, our blog had 6,656 views with 4,591 distinct visitors. That means we can rest assured that it’s not just our friends and families that are reading this. Last year it was 6,134 views with 4,030 visitors, so we’ve improved.

The most visited page was the home page/archives. That’s the landing page for people who just go to the blog instead of clicking a specific post. They can read all of the posts from there from most recent to least recent. I’d be curious to know who these people are and how they found our blog, but I’m unaware of any way to find out.

Jamil had the most viewed post of the year with How I Lost My Dream Job. My most popular post was Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol – Stave Two, The First of the Three Spirits. I understand Jamil’s. It really seemed to resonate with people. I’m confused as to why a post that I wrote in 2016 about the second chapter of a book would still be popular, but the stats don’t give insight into that. Jamil was also the more popular overall this year. His posts received 2,914 views while mine received 2,785.

Most of our readers are from the United States. No surprise there. It doesn’t break it down by state, but I would imagine most of those are from Connecticut. But, we also got views from 66 other countries. Hong Kong wins for that category followed by Canada and the UK. I can’t help but wonder what we’re writing about that appeals to an international audience.

We only got nine comments in 2018. That’s one area we would like to improve going forward. It’s great that people are reading. The next step is to get them engaging. Neither of us really know how to do that, so if you have any advice, pass it along.

As I said, it was a good overall year. We hope to keep improving in 2019. Maybe we’ll start figuring out SEO and plug-ins and stuff. We just want to keep moving in the right direction. Also, we’d like to thank everyone who read. If there’s anything you’d like to see from us in 2019, please let us know.

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