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!