Well it’s a new month, so time to close out the old one. So, here are my stats for the month of January, 2016. And what a month it was!
In a word, I struck GOLD with one particular piece, which raised my stats up beyond their normal. More about that later. But first the ledger sheet, and here is my usual ditty:
Expenses – WordPress blogs are free – so NONE!
I don’t get paid to do this, I do it just for FUN!
And now [drumroll] for the metrics, so here are the numbers for the month of January, according to my trusty WordPress stats:
- AwfulAvalanche had 4,902 page views, up from 3,317 page views in December.
- The number of distinct people who visited my blog: 1,967. Up from the previous month’s 817 people.
- These high numbers are a bit of an artifact, so please don’t expect me to keep up that same result in ensuing months! I will try, as best I can, to write stories that are well crafted and appealing to readers. But bottom line, I only write about things that interest me, and most of the time I have no idea what other people like! Not to mention, that I am writing for just a niche market anyhow.
- In a word, in the month of January 2016, I had one unusually popular post, entitled Who Stole 143 Tons of Gold From the Libyan People? This particular story, which I posted on January 10, just by itself garnered 1,346 page views. I noticed when I checked my blog later that day that my stats had spiked significantly. On a normal day, if I got, say, 150 views and 50 visitors, then, like Solzhenitsyn’s Ivan Denisovich, I would consider that “I had a good day”. So, when I saw these bigger numbers I scratched my head and went “wow!”. Hey, I knew that particular piece was good, and I was fairly proud of it, I just didn’t know it was THAT good. Turns out that unbeknownst to me (not that I mind, god knows) a portal called Information Clearing House had picked up and redistributed this particular post. So this is why I got more than twice as many readers as my average. And by the way, the Information Clearing House website is very good and features many excellent bloggers and well respected political brainiacs, the likes of Pepe Escobar, Patrick Coburn and Paul Craig Roberts — these guys are the heavyweights among Western anti-imperialist dissidents, and I am very proud that they considered my piece worthy to reprint.
- Once again, the yalensis disclaimer: Your Privacy is Important to Me: WordPress calculates who is a distinct person by their I.P. address. It also uses the I.P. address to deduce which country you live in. I myself can’t see I.P. addresses unless you leave a comment. In which case I can see your email address; and from that I COULD look up your I.P. if I were curious, which I am not.
- Speaking of countries, my 1,967 January visitors fired up their modems and dialed in from the following countries, in order of most to least page views. WordPress allows me to save these stats as a CSV file, from which I copy-pasted onto here:
|United Arab Emirates||11|
|Hong Kong SAR China||5|
|Bosnia & Herzegovina||3|
|Trinidad & Tobago||3|
|Isle of Man||1|
I hope everybody found something interesting to read, please post comments, thanks again, everybody!