The New Year’s Old Year Blog Statistics

Here we are then, in 2021. Good riddance to 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 this blog got 350,765 hits last year, an average of just under a 960 a day. That’s up by 10,732 (or about 3.2%) on last year. Interest in this blog is way down from the dizzy heights of 2012 when I got 464,221 page views. Interestingly, 2020 was the first year ever in which there were more hits on this blog from the USA (113,596) than the UK (101,981). Germany and Ireland take third and fourth place in the blog hits table.

Incidentally, there are 1659 current 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 web traffic statistics.

In 2020 there were 2487 comments, also up on last year and in the same era posts received 1898 ‘likes’; that’s a big increase on last year’s figure. The most liked category, incidentally, was Poetry. In case you’re interested the most popular post published in 2020 was this one, on Clifford’s Space-Theory of Matter.

Altogether, since this blog started in 2008 to the end of 2020, it has been viewed about 4,486,045 times by about 1.65 million unique visitors (though, obviously, all my visitors are unique).

P. S. As of today, January 1st 2021, readers in the United Kingdom wishing to view this blog are required to use Netscape.

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