It is now 2018 and I hope it will be a far better year for all of us. Something I seem to have been saying for the past 4 years, but hey ho… Perhaps some day it will come true!
I’m still tying up the threads of last year, this time with an oddity I’ve observed on my blog. And I was wondering if any of you have noticed it on your own blogs. Just occasionally I get an urge to check my blogging stats, an exercise which always confirms certain suspicions but also provides surprises.
For instance, I expected a high score for the post on the memories that The Handmaid’s Tale brought back – and it had a confirmed 1500 views (possibly 2000 in total, since this method does not count the home page views). This was probably one of the most difficult posts for me to write, but given the reception it has had, I’m glad I did it (and told people a bit more about real-life experiences of recent history) – and I still haven’t been able to watch the series to the end.
However, the second most popular post of the year was a surprise: a Friday Fun picture post on the architecture of Austrian artist Hundertwasser. I am delighted that it helped more people become familiar with his work or remind others of some of his greatest achievements.
The third most popular item is, quite rightly, the page for the #EU27Project, despite my rather pathetic attempts at maintaining and publicising it. I will endeavour to do a much better job of it in 2018, the last year Britain will spend in the EU.
However, the biggest surprise is that my most widely read blog post of all time is one I wrote back in 2015: a very brief summary of quotes you get in the Papillotes chocolates which are traditional for New Year’s Eve in France.
Clearly pure internet traffic is not picky and often plumps for the most superficial and least time-consuming! Have you noticed that on your own blogs? That the posts which you have laboured over most, that you have carefully thought about and chosen the perfect words, go unnoticed, while your sillier, more facile ones are the most visited?
Of course, foot traffic is not what I am after. The truth is: your comments and thoughts, your encouragement and (gentle) challenges have made this year so much better for me, So, for that…