Most Read Blog Posts of 2017

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…

Gif by Flavia Elric.


22 thoughts on “Most Read Blog Posts of 2017”

  1. For me, reviews that require thought and revision rarely score as highly as what I’ve come to call the crowd pleasers which take hardly any time at all. I’m glad that your Atwood posted attracted so much attention, although I’m still a sucker for Friday Fun posts!

    1. That’s a perfect example of what I mean: the Friday Fun ones don’t take much time at all – since I always save pictures that I fancy when I come across them. And yet everyone seems to love them!

  2. I should probably do this exercise too but I suspect that I will end up with the same conclusions as you did. I know there have been posts I slaved over a few years ago about the history of the novel thst I thought would get more attention but they just died. One of my most read reviews is of an African novel which I’m sure must be on the syllabus for the school system n Kenya since I see frequently people reaching me having done a Google search on “Themes in Petals in Blood”

    1. It has the potential to become a depressing exercise, doesn’t it? Just as well that I am not doing blogging as a means to become rich or gain world domination!

      1. Oh yes, blogging can feel like a lonely experience and at times, when you see other people getting loads of traffic, inevitably you think ‘what’s wrong with my posts’. But I give myself a good talking to and get over it …

  3. Ha! Yes! Tragically a huge percentage of my random search visits are from people looking for images and not interested in the words at all. I have a Ho-ho-ho Santa image on an old post that becomes hugely popular for three weeks every December., and I’ve found including a luscious chocolate cake pic is bound to increase traffic… 😉

    1. I find it tragic, TRAGIC I tell you, that your Rafa pictures are not getting more visits! So much better than Santa. But yes to cake (although chocolate is not my favourite flavour!)

      1. Hahaha! To cheer you up, I should have mentioned that one of my most successful posts ever was one where I showed the evolution in length of Rafa’s shorts over his career… in fact, “Rafa’s shorts” is probably in the top five most common search terms that brings people to my blog… 😂

  4. I always think it’s interesting which posts get a lot of traffic and which don’t, Marina Sofia. And the answer doesn’t always have anything at all to do with things like how much time I’ve spent on a post, or which ones I personally like the best. Odd, isn’t it?

  5. I tend not to pay much attention to stats at the end of the day as I reckon I get more hits for book hauls than anything else, whereas a review I’ve slaved over and am proud of will get minimal response. But I’m really writing because I want to and I want to record what I think of the books – so interaction, which I *do* love, is a bonus!

  6. I hardly ever look at my stats but I’ll have a perusal after this! I do remember laughing at some search terms that lead people to my blog – clearly looking for porn, they must be so disappointed to be faced with my bookish musings 😀

  7. Maybe I’m just not very good at being funny…………my most popular posts, since I started, were 3 obscure non-fiction posts, one a book called ‘The Philosopher and the Wolf – which I suspect most people found from picture searches for wolves (I think many of us ADORE wolves) The second, which vied with it, an even more obscure book by another American writer, combining science and Pantheism Anatomy of a Rose, The secret life of flowers, and the third, Robert Massie’s elderly, 1960s Nicholas and Alexandra – which was a surprise one for popularity long before 1917 and the 100th anniversary of the Revolution. But, beginning to soar far away and overtake these stalwarts was a review I wrote of one poem, Yeats’ Vacillation, as part of an ‘Ireland’ reading month a couple of years ago. That continues to gets new hits, almost daily.

    So, I’m kind of pleased by the apparent serious intent of my readers. Though its probably more to do with gardeners looking for new varieties of rose, (picture search) wolf wallpaper oglers, the continuing fascination with the massacre of the Romanovs, and, who knows, with Yeats. Maybe students having to do a paper on Yeats!

  8. My most read post this year is my (not that positive) review of Silk by Barricco. Lots of hits from the Philippines at the time. I suspect the book was on a syllabus somewhere. I even got references from sites to detect plagiarism in essays landing on the original. Clearly, students who copied me are stupid. I don’t even have a degree in literature. (or maybe they’re very clever: since I don’t have a degree in literature, they have a better chance that my sentences sound written by them than if they had copy-pasted from a scholar)

    1. Ha, ha, I love your way of thinking… It is funny to see the search terms which bring people to our pages as well. I can’t help thinking that some of the seekers must be very disappointed with what they find.

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