New WordPress Stats Insights Are Nice, but…

I like the new Insights part for the WordPress stats page. It shows which day of the week you’re most active, and what time of day you get the most views. That’s quite helpful. It also finally shows you the total stats, not just daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly. I can finally see the total number of views.

But you know what? There’s something missing.  There’s one thing from the old stats page that I want back, and that’s the tables with the averages.  You know, you can see the average number of views you received for each month, and it’s in a nice table that shows you the progression of the numbers. Extremely useful for me.  But it’s nowhere in the new stats. They had a link to the old stats page up until yesterday, but now that’s gone.  Well, if you want to see the tables I’m talking about, you can go here. And this is the old stats page, in case you can’t find it.

And while I’m at it, I’d like to mention notifications.  In the top right corner, WordPress users can see the notifications. They’re neatly organised now, and they finally added something I’ve been wanting them to do for such a long time, I always used the old notifications page. Now it shows you what you’ve replied to. Up until recently, I saw nothing like that.  Nice to see it’s in the new notifications now.

So, WordPress bloggers, what do you think of the new stats page?

Month in Review – May 2015

I was looking to May to show some recovery in the stats, and that’s what it gave me. I made two posts a day exactly in May, with no extras on any day. That’s a first for me. But despite that, the number of visitors increased from the previous month. There are now 918 followers, an increase of 49.

May Stats

May didn’t start out very promising, but over the weeks, there was a steady improvement. Each subsequent week was better than the previous one. The average was back over 100 views per day. 19 out of 31 days reached 100, which is a big improvement. The busiest day was May 11th with 165 views. There were 3,216 views in May, the 8th in a row to achieve 2,000 and the third time it went over 3,000. The total views at the end of May was 41,704. There were 62 posts in May bringing the total to 1,055.

The month ended with 6,791 comments, meaning that 599 came in May.

The top 10 countries were:

  1. United States (1,801 views)
  2. Canada (349 views)
  3. Japan (249 views)
  4. United Kingdom (234 views)
  5. Norway (51 views)
  6. India (49 views)
  7. Germany (41 views)
  8. France (40 views)
  9. Australia (36 views)
  10. Singapore (19 views)

Top Posts

The top 5 (actually 6) most popular posts in the month of May are:

  1. 10 Things I Will Miss About Japan (81 views)
  2. My Daughter Is Mixed Race. What If… (69 views)
  3. Life in Japan: Raising a Kid (59 views)
  4. I’m Not Who You Thought I Was (53 views)
  5. Authors Answer 28 – Publishing Paths (50 views)
  6. Parenting While Male? You’re Incapable (50 views)

My most popular post written before May was my always popular INTJ – An Analysis of My Personality with 376 views. This is down again.

I really think you should check out these posts. They need more recognition:


I got a couple reviews up this month, so I’m all caught up now. Go read them now!

Social Media

On Twitter, I have 2,663 followers, which is an increase of 51.  I follow 2,652, which is up by 52. I finished with 6,970 tweets, with 122 coming in May.

On YouTube, I got only 1 video up in May.  I have 37 subscribers, which is unchanged.  The month ended with 7,839 views, which is a small increase of 171. That’s an improvement, but I’d like to make more videos.

Looking Ahead to June

With the retirement of Amy Morris-Jones in Authors Answer, three new people have joined, bringing us to a total of 13, including me. We’ll be looking at some fundamentals this month, so I hope to see some interest in it.

Also, now that my wife’s visa application is completely finished and sent, I’ll be able to relax more and concentrate more on the blog and writing. Expect more posts this month, including worldbuilding and some Encyclopedia entries. I wouldn’t expect any book reviews, though. The ones I’m reading now are very long. They’ll take me a while, unless I start reading a lot at night.

There will be a lot more to look forward to in June. I’m looking forward to it!

Please Welcome the New Authors Answer Contributor

I’m very pleased to announce our newest member of Authors Answer.  Or should I say new members?

That’s right. They made it so difficult for me to choose, I just offered all three to join Authors Answer! They all bring something new and different to the group. So now we have twelve members, plus me.  So, who are they?

First is Allen Tiffany. He recently published his first novel, Youth in Asia, and has a lot of experience writing articles for magazines and a newspaper. He’s also working in the marketing field, which will bring an interesting view on any questions regarding marketing.

Second up is Eric Wood, who you may already know as frequent commenter stomperdad.  Although unpublished under his own name, he has been a ghost writer, and has written many short stories. He loves kids, is a teacher, and enjoys writing for children. So we finally have someone who is a children’s writer.

Finally, we have Gregory S. Close, who is a fantasy and science fiction author who has lived in many places. Just where the heck is Kwajalein Atoll? The editor of his book, In Siege of Daylight, just happens to be frequent commenter here, Thomas Weaver.

I’m very happy to welcome all three to the team, and you’ll begin to see their bios up later this week. You’ll also get to see their first answers this Friday.

Everyone say “Hi” to them!

Life in Japan: Learning Kanji

There are three writing systems in Japan: hiragana (ひらがな), which is the main phonetic set of characters; katakana (カタカナ), which is the phonetic characters used mainly for foreign words; kanji (漢字), which is used throughout Japanese, and is taken from Chinese. It’s this last one that gives a lot of people trouble. It’s extremely important to know how to at least read kanji to be able to read a newspaper or book in Japanese.  This week’s question comes from Ellen Hawley.

I had friends who lived in Japan, and even after years reading Japanese (not the phonetic alphabets but the characters) remained a problem. Have you been able to learn enough to manage well? If not, how does that affect you?

Chinese_characters_logoI’ll begin by saying that I love kanji. It’s fascinating to me, but the biggest problem with it is that I often forget how to write them. But that’s a common problem for Japanese people, as well, since most people now use computers or cell phones to do all their writing.

I know around 400 to 500 kanji right now, and that’s helped me immensely. I often look around and recognise a lot of kanji, and I can understand what signs are saying most of the time. I’d say I understand a lot of the most commonly used kanji.

It’s a constant struggle to learn them, though. They can easily be forgotten, and there are many that look similar to others. I often get confused. I may know the meaning, but I might not know how it’s pronounced. Most kanji have more than one pronunciation, which can get confusing.

Although I’m not proficient in kanji, it doesn’t affect me very much. I get by fairly easily, as I know how to do pretty much everything, and a lot of my communication is spoken, rather than written. There are times when I’m at a disadvantage, such as with forms in banks or instructions on machines that are in Japanese only. I can figure out the cooking instructions on a package most of the time, but not always. I wouldn’t want to make a mistake!

Although I’ll only be in Japan for another 10 months, I’m redoubling my efforts to study Japanese and kanji. I won’t have the exposure in Canada like I do in Japan, so I don’t want to forget. And besides, my daughter speaks mostly Japanese. I need to make sure I understand her, at least until she begins speaking more English.

Thank you for the question, Ellen.

If you have any questions about living in Japan, please see the original post and leave your questions in the comments.