WordPress sent me my year-end stats on Sunday, and I thought I’d put them up if anyone’s interested.
First, the total views for the year. On August 21 of this year, I put up one post got the most views ever: “Kentucky Republicans realize that they screwed up: students will have to learn evolution!” It was about Kentucky lawmakers who, unwittingly, approved school standards that, because they were designed to prepare students for a national test, mandated that they learn evolution. That garnered an astouding 72,280 views, almost certainly because someone put it on reddit.
Below are the posts garnering the most views. I can never predict the popularity of a given post, not only because I try to avoid writing posts designed to garner traffic, but also because I’m mystified by which posts inspire a lot of discussion (for example, I wouldn’t have thought that free will would get much interest). And posts that get picked up by sites like reddit (something else that is fortuitous) are the ones that get the most views:
The stuff about Liechtenstein above is confusing, and I don’t understand that calculation. But never mind; below the search terms used to find the site:
Narwhal? What’s up with that?
I took a screenshot from the dashboard, that’s a bit more informative—and amusing:
The readership-by-country map was confusing, so I’ll put up the yearly total from the dashboard. We had readers from 223 countries:
Sadly, readers from Central Africa—or Turkmenistan.
Finally, the most prolific commenters:
Ben Goren wins by several lengths, with about nine posts per day. I wonder how many of those posts contain the word “intestines”?
Thanks to all for another great year!