What do you know – this is my 500th post! Unlike all of the intrepid daily bloggers out there, it has taken me 5 years to get to this big number. An Exacting Life started on December 26, 2011, so I have a blogiversary coming up soon. I still have readers who have been with me since very early on, so thank you! It is still exciting to get new followers. I thought I would share my blog stats today.
I consider myself very fortunate to have 606 followers: 486 on WordPress, 39 via email, 52 on Facebook, 26 on Bloglovin and 3 on Google+ ! There are people who follow the blog by more than one method (?!) so that’s not 606 individuals, but over 500 anyway.
The total number of all-time views on the blog was 342,000-something as of today and the number of visitors almost 72,000. It makes me happy when someone new comes over and then stays to read a bunch of posts! There are two blogs that refer a lot of traffic my way: Claire’s and Julie’s. Merci beaucoup! This year, when people click links on my blog, they most often visit Angie, Fiona, Claire or Asian Pear!
One of my posts has received thousands more views than any other: Outdoor Concert Checklist. If someone types “outdoor concert checklist” or “what to bring to an outdoor concert,” into Google, it currently comes up first in the results. The post that generated the most views this year was YNAB 2016 Budget App Review, I suppose because I reviewed it when the version was still very new and people were curious about it. My regular readers liked My Tattoo Regrets best this year.
I’m sure you know this blog wasn’t started with any ulterior motive in mind, such as becoming an “influencer” or making money. When my kid left home, I suddenly had a lot of time to myself. I started reading lots of blogs about frugal, simple and authentic living. I made a lot of changes, concerning green living, food choices, health and fitness, and so on. I knew I couldn’t be a guru in any of those areas. I just wanted to write and maybe see who else was on my wavelength. I love the blog community and I feel like you are my friends! My favourite blog stat is that it has accumulated over 10,000 comments (which is really 5000 since half of them were my replies).
In a world that communicates by tweets and texts, I am grateful that so many of you have stuck with me when I’ve written lengthy posts, often well over 1000 words – yikes! But I write a lot fewer of them after a long-lasting, low-level case of RSI caused by using computers for work, volunteer work and blogging. It has resolved itself now. In 2014, I published 103 posts. This year, it will be 58.
In the new year, I am planning just one change. For several years I searched for photos for my posts that had a Creative Commons license or similar. Then I gave up and just provided a photo credit instead. Now I find too many photos on the web are not attributed so it’s not possible to give the photographer credit. I’ve decided that starting with my next post, I will not use anyone’s photos but my own. Until I develop a good photo bank that suits all occasions, photos may be sparse, or may be repeated. I do care about copyright so it’s time to walk the walk!
I have a question for my Facebook subscribers. I provide links to all my posts, and I assume that you subscribed mainly (or only) to get notification of new posts. So I post updates or links about other stuff very sparingly because I don’t want to annoy you. However, when I do post odds-and-ends, they tend to get a good response. What do you think – would you rather I do notifications only, or include more/less additional stuff?
I also have a request. I hear most often from commenters in Canada, the UK and Australia, but my blog stats page says most of my readers are in the US. If you read An Exacting Life occasionally – or regularly – but don’t comment, I would love it if you’d comment today with your first name or nickname, where you live (country and state/province/region) and tell me the number one thing a visitor should see or do if they come to your area!
I do know that those of you with blogs on the Blogger platform (Google) find it difficult to comment on WordPress blogs, and we find it difficult to comment on yours, but I’m afraid I can’t resolve that rivalry, although I did my best to sort it out here.
Finally, I will leave you with a link to my very first post, which has a grand total of ONE view 🙂