It’s a good time for my occasional review of how blogging here is going. And it turns out from WordPress’s statistics that apparently I don’t need to blog anymore for things to turn out all right. But March ended up a slow and outright lazy month for me, with only twelve posts (one of them the monthly statistics report) and I feared what would happen to my readership numbers.
Turns out, nothing. There were 1,026 page views in March from 699 unique visitors. In February there’d been 1,063 views from 680 unique visitors, and in January some 1,031 page views from 586 unique visitors. That’s reassuring, especially as I work out when I’m going to have the energy for a new A to Z sequence.
Oh, reader engagement might have dropped, since most of what I wrote was Reading the Comics posts and they’re pretty closed topics. I can’t think of a way to turn “here’s one where the student misinterprets the word problem” into something debatable. Maybe “here’s one where the student does not misinterpret the word problem”, since posting an error is the surest way to get a correction. There were only 15 comments in March, down from February’s 18 and way down from January’s 34. Maybe I need to do a blog potluck or something to encourage chatter. I was slightly more liked, though. There were 85 likes clicked around here in March. This is technically different from February’s 77 and January’s 97.
Three of the month’s top five articles were ones I would have expected. One is becoming a perennial. The remarkable thing to me is none of my March Madness themed pieces was a top-five. Maybe everyone was too angry about their brackets collapsing the first day. But popular were:
- How Many Grooves Are On A Record’s Side? which is the new perennial.
- Reading the Comics, March 18, 2017: Pi Day Edition which I figured would be popular.
- Reading the Comics, March 14, 2016: Pi Day Comics Event which I didn’t think would be that popular but what do search engines know of years?
- How To Use Roman Numerals (A Not Quite Useful Guide) which surprised me since there’s not much to it.
- Reading the Comics, March 15, 2015: Pi Day Edition which proves that I don’t go checking whether I’ve used a particular edition name before posting.
Among the popular search terms this month were:
- isosceles trapezoid pretty
- what are the priorities of teen agers 20 years ago and in the present? venn diagram
- origin is the gateway to your entire gaming universe
- how many grooves on a vinyl record
- teetotallers might get a laugh out of this jumble
- cartoon spank bot 3000
- comics about law of conservation
Yeah, I’m not putting some of those terms into Google. I’m scared enough after I searched on a technical issue and got the note that there were some more results I could see if I turned Safe Search off. I don’t know what might be in there but I don’t need to see that.
Here’s the roster of countries and page views:
|Hong Kong SAR China||1|
|Saudi Arabia||1 (*)|
|Trinidad and Tobago||1|