Recently I posted that I passed the 600th mark for posts at Nutfield Genealogy. This was a revelation for me, since I never realized or added up how many stories I’ve put online. There are several other facts pulled from my statistics page that blew me away…I’ve published about 1025 comments (I won’t tell you how many spam comments I’ve deleted!)
82,144 pageviews in two years. Believe me that the first year was slow, much slower than this!
My highest month for readers was last month, June 2011 with almost 11,000 pageviews.
Bigtime bloggers like Dear Myrtle and Dick Eastman are probably sniggering at my stats, but I’m still impressed since only a year ago, last July 2010, I was only averaging about 2,500 pageviews. I can thank people like Randy Seaver atGeneaMusings, and Thomas MacEntee at GeneaBloggers for mentioning my posts in their own blogs and Thomas for having me on his BlogTalk Radio show last April. Other bloggers have also mentioned me on their own blogs, Tweets or Facebook, and also being named in Family Tree Magazine’s top 100 genealogy blogs has helped me to increase my readership. By the way, Randy Seaver recently posted his 5,000th story at GeneaMusings, and Thomas MacEntee recently celebrated his 2,000th post at GeneaBloggers.com !
When I started blogging, I didn’t know about the statistics page on my blog and I didn’t care who was following me. I began my blog as a way to practice writing out the stories from my family tree, and to share them with family. I started on the community blog www.londonderrynh.net and saw how easy it was to post stories. Eventually I began to include local history and genealogical lore from New England and before I knew it, I had created my own blog at Nutfield Genealogy.
I’m seriously considering not looking at the statistics at all this next year, and just writing for the pure pleasure of putting these stories out there for everyone’s enjoyment. However, I love checking out the “Traffic sources” every night just to have a nice after dinner laugh over all the silly search terms I find listed. Not only do I find a few good chuckles, I love to puzzle over what folks are looking for in their searches, and have a good rant when it appears that a cousin might be looking for a common ancestor. It’s a “curiosity killed the cat” sort of dilemma.
If you have a blog, what is your opinion of the statistics page?
------------------Copyright 2011, Heather Wilkinson Rojo