Archive for January 1, 2020

The New Year’s Old Year Blog Statistics

Posted in Uncategorized on January 1, 2020 by telescoper

Here we are then, in 2020. I thought I’d see in the New Year by following the tradition of doing a quick blog about this blog.

Once upon a time, in the good old days, in the dim and distant past, WordPress used to publish an annual statistical summary page for its bloggers, but it has discontinued that practice so now I’ll just write my own brief summary based on the data available via the usual dashboard.

For those interested I got about 340K hits last year, just over 930 a day, with about 168K unique views. That’s down quite a bit (~19%) since last year. In fact 2019 saw the lowest visitor numbers here since 2010. I guess interest in my ramblings is waning out there. I’m just surprised it has taken so long!

Despite the sharp decrease, I still get more readers than I ever thought I would when I started way back in 2008 so I think I’ll keep going, at least for now.

Incidentally, there are 1652 followers of In The Dark on WordPress itself. These are fellow bloggers who use the built-in reader to access posts. I don’t know whether or not these are counted in the above visitor numbers.

In 2019 there were 1963 comments, also down sharply on last year. In the same period, however, posts received 1898 ‘likes’; that’s a big increase on last year’s figure. The most liked category, incidentally, was Poetry.

Altogether, since this blog started in 2008 to the end of 2019, it has been viewed about 4.1 million times by a total of 1.4 million unique visitors (though, obviously, all my visitors are unique).

Athbhliain faoi shéan is faoi mhaise daoibh go léir!

P. S. I don’t really go in for New Year’s resolutions but I really hope that this year I can sell my old house, buy a new one, and complete my relocation to Ireland.