And the winner is…someone completely unexpected!

Posted: November 10, 2015 in Blogging, Miscellaneous, Personal
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Towards the end of January 2016, I’ll have blogged daily, sometimes more than once, for four years.  Hard to believe.  While I started out with only writing, sometimes with photos borrowed (with attribution or permission) from the internet, my blogs moved now to mostly photos.  I’m trying to bring back more of a balance, but we’ll see how that goes.

Anyway, it’s interested me to see which posts are the most popular, so I waded through the stats pages to find the following.

The most viewed in one day post, as I linked it to something on FB, was a grammar post I titled “The drop of an “at.” When I saw it had garnered 473 views, pushing my total for that day to 598, I couldn’t believe it.  Unfortunately, most of the viewers didn’t bother to “like” or comment, but it still made me feel good.  Total views of that post have been 823.

My most liked post was a Weekly Photo Challenge shot, “Depth…water droplet.  This has been viewed 384 times and reached 254 likes.  Will I ever be able to top that?  I don’t know, but I’ll keep trying.

But sometimes a post takes on a life of its own.  My post with the most staying power and overall views, is one I did back on December 9, 2012: Story of Stalin’s war…Al Stewart’s Roads to Moscow.  I didn’t have many followers then and the original post only got 16 likes and 4 comments, two of which were probably mine.  But with a persistence which continually surprises me, this post has been viewed 1,595 times!!  Rarely a day goes by without a view (no likes or comments) and I just shake my head and smile.  Who’s viewing this and why don’t they respond?  Is it linked somewhere obscure, somewhere that people find and then come to my post.  I Googled “Al Stewart’s Road’s to Moscow” and didn’t find it.  But when I put in “Stalin’s War, Al Stewart”, my link came up first!  🙂

Thanks for “listening” to my ramblings and for being a follower of my blog…or at least a reader.  I love meeting and talking with people from all over the world via my blog (and theirs) and even meeting some of them.  I also love finding out what you’re doing and thinking via your blogs, although I can’t begin to regularly get to as many as I’d like and still have any sort of non-computer life.

Speaking of non-computer life, I’m out of here and into the real world.  🙂  See you soon!  If you go over to view the Story of Stalin’s War, “like” (if you do) and comment.  It will change everything.  And do take time to listen to the song.  It’s wonderfully sad.

  1. Dan Antion says:

    It’s always interesting to see what pops up to be a winner.

    • Very true, Dan. Someone views that post almost every day, which really amuses me. Just wish a few of them would comment on it, but I have no idea where they’re finding it or what’s going on.


  2. brainsnorts says:

    two of my posts that get constant views are a book review of Mitch Albom’s “The First Phone Call from Heaven,” and a post in which i ranked the Disney princesses from my least to most favorite. probably the one time i was Freshly Pressed exceeds those in total views, but that’s only because of the FP thing as opposed to people finding it on their own without help from wordpress.

  3. slfinnell says:

    Hadn’t heard that song. Year of the Cat was so overplayed back in the day that I cringed everytime I turned the radio on. Now it’s become a familiar favorite. Funny how that works. But I’m surprised the Road to Moscow wasn’t better received. I enjoyed the melody. Hope you find your devoted listener 🙂

  4. What an accomplishment, Janet. I look forward to your posts every day. 🙂

  5. Allan G. Smorra says:

    Hi, Janet. I like this analysis of your blog posts. I have made some superficial attempts, but nothing serious. You have inspired me for my next project after NaNo.

    On a side note, I can’t seem to get your link to the Stalin story to work. The “At” post, however, linked just fine.

  6. It is so random isn’t it? I also wonder why so many people look and never bother to comment. Why not? Is there some impediment to doing so? Are they afraid they will attract attention to themselves? Wish I could figure it out!

    • I try to comment on the blogs I read if at all possible. Sometimes I just don’t have time, but I “like” then to show I’m there. A blog has to really be bad or offensive for me to leave without one of those (or off-topic, if it’s in response to a challenge.)


  7. Good post, interesting “ramblings”, Lynn

  8. I’ve only occasionally checked the weekly or yearly views. But never really analyzed individual posts. I did get Freshly Pressed and that was huge. One post got viewed over 2,000 times and hundreds of comments. Amazing…I could watch the number increase that very day. It was astonishing. But it is a fascinating exercise to see what posts draw people to your blog. It’s a great exercise for a wintery day.

  9. julieallyn says:

    I always wonder too, especially when I look at the countries of origin, just who are these people? What are they like? How did they end up at my blog?

    It is all pretty heady, pretty incredible, is it not?

  10. Nato says:

    Interesting! I never thought to look at some of those stats. It does make you wonder. Maybe there are busy readers and feel like they have no time to comment, or, maybe they cannot think of anything original to say?

  11. happyface313 says:

    🙂 Isn’t it amazing how some posts get viewed over and over again and you never expected anything big to come out of it when you posted it?
    Have a very HAPPY week 🙂

  12. de Wets Wild says:

    You can be sure we’ll be enjoying everything you share in the years ahead, Janet!

  13. thirdeyemom says:

    Congratulations! I will be reaching five years at the end of January. It is amazing and addicting. But I’m glad I found my passion! 🙂 You too!

  14. Congrats on your successes, Janet. Very well deserved!

  15. vbholmes says:

    Hi Janet,
    I followed your links to Roads to Moscow–what an interesting, sad story, and so poignantly rendered by Al Stewart. Horrible to read of the treatment of those soldiers who returned and were sent to the camps instead of their homes. War does terrible things to the minds of men. Congratulations on all those views–most impressive. Looking forward to reading many more of your posts.

    • Vb, I was happy to see a post by you recently. Thanks for coming by today and for checking the link. I had heard the song but didn’t know until recently that Stalin had soldiers who were held by the Germans, even for a short while, sent to camps or killed, in case they’d been traitors. He was an evil man and it’s a shame we had to work with him to stop Hitler. Stalin was as bad or worse, killing millions of his own people.


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