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My Blog Stats for 2010

January 2, 2011

I met up with a non-blogger friend of mine last month for breakfast, and the conversation turned to my sick writing hobby. “How many hits a day do you get on your blog?”  he asked. He was genuinely curious.

In some circles, this might be considered to be a rude and much-too-personal question, like asking how much money you make, or how much weight you have gained this past year. But I didn’t care. It’s not like I’m in some kind of competition. Plus, I thought, as one unfamilar with the blogoshpere, this number will be meaningless to him.

“I get about 3,000 page views a month.” I told him, taking the liberty to round up. I imagined how the enormity of that number would ring in his ears like a loud gong announcing my online arrival.

“That’s all?” he retorted with a disapointed grimace.  He apparently knew a little more about internet traffic than I thought.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, that’s all.

After 2 and 1/2 years of blogging, hundreds of posts, sevearal high-visibility mentions, ping-backs and guest posts on much more famous sites, an article published in a respectable business magazine, and thousands – okay, hundreds – of comments on other blogs, I get on average about 93  page views per day. 

This is a far cry from my goal in 2009 of reaching 1,000 page views per day (ha ha ha, wasn’t I so innocent and determined back then), but there you have it.

I suppose I could have blogged harder, obsessed more, worked to get myself more exposure, more connections, to win more eyeballs. But I didn’t, and I won’t. I have come to appreciate far more the quality of interaction that comes from this particular form of social media than the quantity. For me, blogging is an enjoyable, part-time hobby to channel some creative expression. Not a mad, panicked race to accumulate page views. And, as a bonus, it has also become a surprisingly effective vehicle for making real connections with people. 

I am thankful for every friend I’ve met through blogging, every soul who leaves a small imprint of their spirit here in the form of a comment, every idea that has been shared. I’m proud of those 93 page views per day, and I’m so glad that someone – anyone – is actually taking the time to read my strange ramblings on the intersection of business, work, and spritual life. I hope it shapes and influences you in some small way, just as the  writing of my blogger friends has an impact on me.

WordPress, the maker of this blog, has done a pretty cool end-of-year summary review thing for all of it’s bloggers. I don’t know how many people are actually willing to share their stats, but I figured someone needed to go first. What’s the big deal? Here it is.

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The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 34,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 98 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 246 posts. There were 131 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 39mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was August 20th with 1,463 views. The most popular post that day was Turning Fifty: Shaken, Not Stirred .

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were wordpress.com, Google Reader, twitter.com, highcallingblogs.com, and mail.yahoo.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for bradley j. moore, bradley j moore, shrinking the camel, feeling stupid, and feeling stupid at work.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Turning Fifty: Shaken, Not Stirred August 2010
113 comments and 69 Likes on WordPress.com

2

Are You Feeling Stupid At Work? I’m Here to Help. June 2009
58 comments

3

Your Spiritual Leadership Profile: What Box Are You In? March 2010
41 comments

4

About Bradley J. Moore July 2008
15 comments

5

What is Shrinking The Camel all about? July 2008
8 comments

Photos by Nance Marie.

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27 Comments leave one →
  1. Katdish permalink
    January 2, 2011 10:30 am

    You know, I haven’t checked my stats since early summer. Mostly because I tend to get a little obsessive about them. But 93 sounds respectable to me.

    • January 3, 2011 6:33 am

      I don’t know how you people can go so long without checking your stats. I am always, if nothing else, curious about it. Yes, I agree, 93 is respectable. I once saw an article in the NY Times referring to a blogger with the same number of views per month as “modest success.” Not really, though, when you consider the truly “respectable” sites get more than that much traffic in one day!

  2. January 2, 2011 11:01 am

    I rarely look at my Blogger stats, because they are not the reason I write. My word for 2011 is “connections”, and I intend to make them stronger, whether I “make the numbers” or not.

    Happy New Year, Brad! For all the reasons you give above, I’m pleased to stop in here as often as I can.

    • January 2, 2011 1:54 pm

      I’m with you Maureen. And, Brad, keep going. Yours is definitely a regular read for me, and I can’t get to them all.

    • January 3, 2011 6:36 am

      MAureen, I like the way you have chosen that one word for 2011, and the meaning it has for you and what you are doing. It’s a good one. It really gets to the heart of what we are trying to do online, as opposed to the numbers. I get tired of seeing all the hype about “increasing your blog traffic” as if there is some pot of gold at the end of the trail. You can tell the folks who are in this mode, because all of their interactions are either flimsy or nonexistant.

      Thanks for you faithful connections here, Maureen. I appreciate it!

      And you too, Joanne!

  3. January 2, 2011 11:04 am

    I have never had any interest in the numbers, platform, money making , promo side of blogging.
    I am completely overwhelmed by the community aspect of it. And there is a certain growth push there obviously, or at the very least a reciprocal part.

    I am fascinated by the changes, the evolving , the things that irk me that are in general the same things that do IRL, which is convicting and humbling. I have a desire to learn, to be curious, to share and listen. Sometimes being heard, being included, and appreciated is way cool too.

    I don’t really look at stats, but early on I did, simply because I found out they existed :), and was quite excited by some jumps in numbers only to realize later that a pattern of greater views was a result of the different computers in the house being used. I hadn’t made the connection to views vs unique ones. It was a short ride , but exhilarating all the same.

    I so so appreciate people who stop by, people who leave genuine comments, people who email etc.
    I will be forever grateful to blogging and my blog loves and the blogs I visit or lurk or leave rambling post comments on. Who knew?

    Looking forward to being connected to you throughout the New Year .

    • January 3, 2011 7:55 pm

      Deb – Yeah, it’s cool, isn’t it? THe way the online stuff translates into your real life…I think your point about being curious, listening and sharing is key. You have to want that, to be open to it. And then all sorts of cool things can start to happen, without you even planning on it.

      Let’s keep it going.

  4. January 2, 2011 11:05 am

    Stats? There are stats?

    Better a few close friends than thousands with whom you barely know. Just ask the 6 who come to visit me. It’s all good.

    And I love your posts. All of them.

  5. January 2, 2011 12:41 pm

    Lovely summary Brad. I had written up something a bit similar and sent it out yesterday. Then, ping and wordpress did a great summary for all of us. To be honest, I’m a bit like your luncheon companion as I think of your blog in the rock star realm but as others have said, if that is not the case, focus on the writing. Your style is clear and pragmatic and addresses a subject dear to my heart. I am thankful for your blog at every post.

  6. January 2, 2011 1:47 pm

    i am super thankful for you.
    you sense of humor is…i love it.
    you are open, funny, Loving, understanding, supportive……a friend.

    a friend…being the most precious of things.

    according to a Higher lever summary, your blogging is off-the-charts 🙂

  7. January 2, 2011 2:34 pm

    What nancemarie said … YES!!!!

    In the Upside-Down Kingdom, you’re rocking it, Bradley.

    Great, great post. You have a such a healthy perspective on writing, on blogging, on work … on LIFE!

    God bless you in the coming year. My 2010 was better for having met you. 🙂

    – Jennifer Dukes Lee

  8. January 2, 2011 4:11 pm

    I violently agree with the above – what matters is the people you have in your network and extended network. I write for my network. I couldn’t possibly write for the whole world.

    And I’ve told this story before, Brad – San Van Eman at New Breed of Advertisers brought me to Bradley Moore writing at Inside Work brought me to Shrinking the Camel to Marcus Goodyear and THC nework. That’s how it all works.

    And you do good — some of the sharpest, rather iconoclastic views of business around.

  9. Bob G permalink
    January 2, 2011 11:07 pm

    Huh? I was just hoping for help cutting some weight off my pet camel.

    – – – –
    Business….stuff… usually doesn’t hold my attention very well. This has. I enjoy it and look forward to the posts. I’ve definitely learned a few things.

    Keep up the great work!

  10. January 3, 2011 8:40 am

    Worth pursuing or not, I’m still convinced you’ll hit 1000/day. Glad you write, Brad.

  11. January 3, 2011 9:10 am

    Good stuff. Love this post. I write for the freedom and art of writing but at the end of the day I write for people to read my words. Maybe it’s because I have a huge need for attention…..or maybe it’s because one day I’d love to feed my children with my words. )

    • January 4, 2011 6:17 am

      Let’s face it, every blogger wants the attention. Who are we kidding. At least you are honest about it!

  12. January 3, 2011 9:12 am

    How come the stats helper monkeys didn’t come to my house? Do I have to go looking for them?

    Oh, I know why. I use Google Analytics. I’m probably not even on the monkey map.

    I have a new goal. Visit Brad’s house more often. You rock.

  13. January 3, 2011 10:20 am

    Seems we’re all of the same opinion. We write because we’re called, not because of numbers. And your voice is important Brad.

    And this…I’m with Sandra. Why didn’t the helper monkeys come to my house?

  14. Phil permalink
    January 3, 2011 11:13 am

    93 views a day sounds pretty good to me, Brad! My company site attracts half that amount and we manage to keep 17 people gamefully employed at that number. I’m just saying…

  15. Michele Corbett permalink
    January 3, 2011 3:38 pm

    If it makes you feel any better Bradley, I get about 3 hits a day. ( :

  16. January 3, 2011 11:09 pm

    I love seeing the comments unfold here as well as your post, Bradley.

    I came here, though, because I’m “feeling stupid.” Not really. Well, I do feel stupid sometimes, but that’s not why I came. I just think it’s fun to see what searches bring people to our blogs.

    A lot of people come to my post to learn how to cook steel cut oatmeal in a crock pot. That’s not why I write, but I welcome oatmeal visitors when they drop by.

    • Michele Corbett permalink
      January 4, 2011 12:12 am

      Ann. That’s my favorite part too. It’s usually “hate my dream job,” but some are pretty funny – especially that searches that land on my post about strippers. ( :

  17. January 4, 2011 9:02 pm

    I’m another non-stat checker until lately. Mine are pretty disheartening, though jiu jitsu is a pretty niche topic.

  18. January 4, 2011 9:32 pm

    Hey Brad…can you tell these people that it’s ok to want to make money while using their art? Isn’t that what you told me??? 🙂 I want people to read my words AND at some point I want to make money doing it. Am I bad?

  19. January 5, 2011 8:56 pm

    This is too fun.

    I have this weird thing going, in that I have three blogs, so it’s all but impossible to tell what’s really going on. Let’s just say I won’t be publishing my stats though. 🙂

    My highest referrers tend to be TheHighCalling.org, Twitter, Ann Voskamp, and Laura Boggess. Hey, don’t you want to be listed among my top referrers? Wouldn’t that be some kind of achievement? 😉

  20. January 5, 2011 8:57 pm

    Oh, and I must ask…

    did you round up by the 1,000 ? 😉

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