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Blog by the Numbers

I love statistics.  I often look at numbers whenever I can.  I want to see how they change and look for reasons why.  I also enjoy seeing other bloggers post their numbers.  It’s just fascinating to me.

So, here are some statistics related to this blog.  First, let’s look at the number of views.

Since I started this blog in January 2012, I have reached a total of 9,744 views.  This isn’t a big amount.  My Japan blog has far, far more views, and regularly outperforms this blog even when I don’t update it while posting daily here.  My audience is steadily growing here, though.  Before November 2013, my best month was July 2012, when I did a post a day.  I had 512 views that month.  In November 2013, I did another post a day and had 730 views.  The majority of those views came in the last half of November.  December 2013 was a great month, because I continued posting on a daily basis, and achieved 1,152 views.  I continued doing the same for January and got my best month to date at 1,259 views.  February dropped a lot because I didn’t post much.  I had computer problems and I was preparing for my sister’s visit.  I had only 551 views.  This month isn’t finished, and I already have more than 1,000 views. This year, I have more views in this past 3 months than I had in all of 2012.  I’m on pace for 11,680 views this year, though it’ll likely be more.

I love comments.  This blog currently has 1,077 comments.  But who comments?  My top 5 commenters are:

  1. Carl V. Anderson
  2. winterbayne
  3. Sierra
  4. kamo
  5. Tom

Who views my blog?  The top 5 countries of my readers are:

  1. United States (4,213 views)
  2. Japan (1,665 views)
  3. Canada (946 views)
  4. United Kingdom (533 views)
  5. Australia (305 views)

Rounding out the top 10 are: South Korea, India, New Zealand, Germany, and Norway.

My top 5 viewed posts this year are:

  1. Book Review – Macbeth (198 views)
  2. What does an earthquake feel like? (168 views)
  3. INTJ – An Analysis of My Personality (128 views)
  4. The Best and the Worst of 2013 (69 views)
  5. Are Writers Introverts or Extroverts? (39 views)

Interesting that a review is my top viewed page.  And it’s Shakespeare!  But the second highest is actually a long-time favourite of my readers.

Going off this blog for a bit, let’s look at a couple other things.  First of all is my Twitter account.  I currently have 1,829 followers, and the number is growing quite steadily.  It’s been increasing more quickly recently.  I should be reaching the magic 2,000 barrier fairly soon.  On Twitter, I have made 5,485 tweets.

Looking at Alexa, this blog’s global rank is 3,464,696.  In the past 3 months, I’ve improved by 91,163 places.

On YouTube, since I’ve been pretty inactive and have merely used it for some rather random and unimpressive videos, none of my videos have more than 1,000 views.  My most popular video has 749 views, and it shows what I see during a lull in a typhoon.

In the future, I’m going to be very interested in seeing how my book sales go.  It just seems really interesting to me.

Thanks for Visiting, Even for Just One Time

I’m fascinated by statistics.  WordPress does a good job with providing stats for blogs, and one that’s interesting is the Views by Country stat.  I get a lot of views from a handful of countries.

There are two countries in particular that I get about half of my traffic.  Those are the USA and Japan.  The first is obvious, as most English speaking internet users are American.  As for Japan, well, I live in Japan.  A lot of my regular readers are foreigners based in Japan.  The third country also takes a good chunk of my views.  That’s Canada, my home country.  Most of my views are probably from friends and family.  The next two also are pretty significant, the UK and Australia.  They’re both English speaking countries.

Then things drop off quickly and it’s mostly non-English speaking countries, though there are some that speak English.  Rounding out my top 20 are:  Germany, Norway, India, the Philippines, France, Singapore, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Italy, South Korea, Brazil, Ireland, Taiwan, and Spain.  Most of them are pretty populous countries or have a good number of English speakers.

But what about the countries I’ve had only one visit from?  I’d like to give them some love.  There are 18 countries (although two are overseas territories) that have had a single person visit this blog only once.  And for this list, I’m going to link to a blog post related to each place, if one exists.  Maybe you’ll find an interesting new blog.

  1. Kenya (English speaking African country)
  2. Moldova (not very well-known, but was part of the USSR)
  3. Bosnia and Herzegovina (formerly part of Yugoslavia)
  4. Jordan (would love to see Petra)
  5. Honduras (Spanish-speaking Central American country)
  6. Bermuda (not a country, but a British territory)
  7. Sri Lanka (island country south of India)
  8. Mongolia (I find this country fascinating for some reason)
  9. Sierra Leone (African country that had a civil war 11 years ago)
  10. Mauritius (small country in the Indian Ocean that was home to the dodo)
  11. Papua New Guinea (north of Australia and shares an island with Indonesia)
  12. Reunion (an overseas department of France)
  13. Tunisia (north African country where parts of Star Wars was filmed)
  14. Czech Republic (surprisingly few people from this eastern European country visited this blog)
  15. Malta (English speaking island country in the Mediterranean)
  16. Belarus (a former Soviet republic)
  17. Trinidad and Tobago (an English speaking Caribbean country)
  18. Nigeria (an African English speaking country with plenty of difficulties)

I hope you found something interesting in those countries.  Oh, and please come back here for a visit!