If you go to the new-style wordpress stats page, you can choose an option that is marked as ‘Stats For All Time’. When you have published as many posts as I have, looking at the information provided here can be very interesting indeed.
You are presented with a list of your posts, in descending order of popularity, based on how many views that post has received. It cuts off at 39 views for some reason, and doesn’t show any posts with less views than that. On my list for this blog, the majority of posts seem to have figures between 55 and 80. This coincides with my own rough calculations, based on the numbers provided by wordpress when I log on every day. Of course some posts, those with photos especially, get many more than that on the day of publication.
As some of us have discussed previously, we don’t post articles to get views. We write for ourselves, and if others like what we write, then that is a bonus. But if you are a committed blogger, it can be very interesting to see which posts have proved to be the most popular during the time that you have been blogging. And it might well surprise you too.
With almost 1,300 views, my most-read post is ‘About’. People obviously like to know something about the blogger whose stuff they are reading. A large photo of myself with Ollie also gives them the chance to put a face to the name. A good ‘About’ page is something that many bloggers neglect to bother with, so my stats might go to show that it can be very useful.
It will be no surprise to my regular readers that the second most popular post is ‘Whatever happened to ?: Jamiroquai.’ This has had almost 900 views in a relatively short time, and is something of a phenomenon for this blog, as it continues to be read as regularly as ever. I would never have dreamt that a random post about a jazz/funk band would generate so much interest. But it has.
Three of my ‘living in Norfolk’ posts are next. ‘Dereham: A Norfolk Town’, ‘The driest county in England’, (once the most-read post here) and ‘Beetley Village’. These views are generated by people searching Google for information, rather than being interested to read my blog. Another post popular from Google searches follows. ‘What is the opposite of a Eulogy?’ is at number six, indicating how many people look for this information. Of course, my post is about something different, so the title may well mislead them.
Don’t worry, I am not about to carry on listing posts in order. This is just a snapshot of one blog, and may only be of interest to me. However, it does tell me a lot about what people are reading here.
I have published 1215 posts in less than five years. Despite adding the very popular photos, and continuing to write about my much-loved dog, Ollie, it would seem that local information and Google searches, alongside fans of the band Jamiroquai, are still the mainstay of my blog. Those hours spent writing fiction, recalling my years in the Ambulance Service with anecdotes, and reviewing films; all this is secondary to providing basic information about some Norfolk towns and villages, and the weather you can expect to find in this county.
Perhaps I should just write a local travel blog instead?