One Year of Blogging

In addition to Lillian turning seven months old, another little milestone has hit: as of last Tuesday, it’s been exactly one year since my first post on this blog.

In some ways, I’m almost a little surprised that I’ve had the time and motivation to keep it going for this long, especially with everything going on. Not that I’m the most active blogger in the world, and some months I’ve updated less frequently than others, but overall, I’ve somehow managed to write an average of 1.6 posts per week over the past year. Not too shabby.

So for today, I thought it would be entertaining to put together a little recap post from my first year of blogging — just some basic benchmark stats type stuff, which I figure will be fun to look back on another year down the road (since I currently expect to keep the blog going for at least that long). To start it off, here are the overall stats for the blog as of the morning of the 22nd, the official one-year anniversary:

  • 87 posts published
  • 404 images uploaded
  • 473 comments received
  • 2,190 spam comments received
  • 32,968 page views

It’s probably no surprise that this blog has gotten almost five times as many spam comments as real comments — that is the sad reality of the internet, unfortunately — but I’ve been using a spam blocking plugin that does a pretty good job of filtering out the garbage. More surprising, to me at least, was that page view count. Granted, I know there are blogs out there that get hits up in the millions, but for a small-fry backwoods blog like mine? It seems like a lot.

So where do all those hits come from? In addition to visits from regular readers, including family and friends, you may be surprised to learn that this blog actually gets a fair amount of search engine traffic. According to Google Analytics, the majority of searches seem to be for phrases relating to boy vs. girl ultrasounds and nursery decorating ideas, although there have also been a surprising number of hits from people searching for info on whale watching during pregnancy and the medical costs of having a baby.

But there was a pretty wide range of different search queries, and over 5,000 unique phrases, including some where people probably didn’t find what they were looking for. The following is a list of some of the more off-the-wall or amusing search phrases that have actually led people to this blog:

  • family spaceship floorplan
  • uhaul filled with liquor
  • happy hour bassinet
  • squirrel in the shower drain

Make of those what you will, haha.

Anyway, the idea of reaching a wider audience of readers almost makes me want to write more useful, informative articles in addition to the more personal / anecdotal stuff I’ve mainly focused on so far. What do you think? Would you like to see more substance, or do you just come for the baby pictures? Feel free to share any suggestions in the comments!

5 Comments

  1. Wow! Those stats really are amazing! It’s no wonder, though. You’re quite an engaging writer! Of course, I read because I want to keep up with you, Joe, and Lillian and virtually watch Lillian grow, but I also really enjoy your material. It wouldn’t surprise me one bit if you are helping some new moms and moms-to-be out there who may find all of the changes in their lives overwhelming. It’s good for them to see that they’re not alone and that they will make it through. I think the blog is just great the way it is. You do share many things you find on the internet that others may not know about. For instance, I didn’t know anything about Pinterest until you posted about it. I have my own account now and love it! So keep on doing what you’re doing. We’re all really enjoying it! :) Love to you all!!

  2. We love your blog! Anything you tell us will be interesting. Of course, my favorites are pictures and text about what you three are doing, baby Lillian, your home, work, and travel! It makes your being so far away seem closer! Love you all!

  3. Come for the baby pix, stay for the education! I like your blog the way it is, I’d keep going as you have, as long as you enjoy doing it. You have a very entertaining writing style, and I am sure you have helped and encouraged new mamas and/or homeowners. And of course, you make us far off relatives feel a little closer with all the Lillian updates! Keep writing, and we’ll keep reading.

  4. I like to keep up on hearing how you, Joe, and Lily are mostly. :-) I will read whatever you throw at me though!

  5. Thanks for all the feedback and encouragement! I might try to expand the scope of my writing a little going forward, but will make sure not to take away from the baby and house related stuff I’ve been blogging about so far. :)

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