The last day of 2018. People are writing about the top news stories of 2018. About the top sports stories of 2018. The biggest tragedies of 2018. The most devastating weather events of 2018. And on it goes. This morning I noticed a number of bloggers sharing their blog’s top posts of 2018; interestingly, most frequently they seem to have chosen their top 7 blog posts. You won’t be surprised that, once I saw these reports, I decided to check mine out, too.
For those of you who don’t blog (and you really should give it a try), the platform host (WordPress in my case) provides all kinds of intriguing statistics if you choose to go looking for them. Once you find them, of course, you have to decide if they really tell you anything that is useful for fine-tuning your blog, but for useless information it can’t be beat.
Top 7 blog posts of 2018
Since 7 top posts seems to be de rigour, I’ll go with that. As it turns out, my top 5 posts this past year were all written prior to 2018, but I’m going to forego those for the purposes of this incredibly scientific study and report on the top posts that I wrote in 2018. Working backwards, we have:
And, ta da,
What does this list tell me about what I choose to write about? Well, the most read post on the subject of running in 2018 comes in at #26, so I’m definitely writing about running for my own sake, not for the sake of anyone else. The most read post on the subject of writing for children in 2018 comes in at #73! Clearly, these two topics, which are two of the main topics I had in mind when I started blogging, are not huge draws. The biggest draw would appear to be reflections on life, especially when personal examples are involved. Travel does well as a topic, but the readership Robby Robin has attracted seems to gravitate predominately towards human interest stories and reflections thereon. Will I change up what I choose to write? Probably not. But I can see that if I had only blogged about writing for children, I might have become pretty depressed by now! 😉
Where do the readers live?
This is one of my favourite stats, the countries where blog hits come from. If you look in the right place, you can find those stats for every day, week, and year, and also for the lifetime of your blog. It’s fun to check it out every once in a while.
Here is Robby Robin’s map for 2018. It turns out people from 110 different countries have dropped by. That’s a lot of countries. I love it.
Just to add to the useless but fun stats, the top 10 countries for Robby Robin’s readership are:
- United States
- Hong Kong
- United Kingdom
- South Africa
After that, we have, in descending order of hits: Norway, Indonesia, New Zealand, Ireland, Netherlands, France, Singapore, Albania, Italy, Malaysia, Taiwan, UAE, Spain, Austria, Nepal, Brazil, Japan, Switzerland, Denmark, Columbia, Saudi Arabia, Bhutan, Thailand, Belgium, Argentina, Venezuela, Portugal, South Korea, Russia, Czech Republic, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Israel, Vietnam, Romania, Turkey, Kyrgyzstan, Finland, Egypt, Mexico, Lebanon, Mauritius, Sweden, Greece, Nicaragua, Cambodia, Poland, Bangladesh, China, Nigeria, Costa Rica, Barbados, Slovakia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Chile, Serbia, Hungary, Jordan, Cameroon, Kenya, Ukraine, Peru, Morocco, Zambia, El Salvador, Bahamas, Malta, Ghana, Dominican Republic, Iraq, Trinidad and Tobago, EU (that’s what it says), Lithuania, Iceland, Curacao, Puerto Rico, Croatia, Namibia, Slovenia, Uruguay, Bermuda, Mongolia, Fiji, Belize, Moldova, Cote d’Ivoire, Oman, Mozambique, Montenegro, Haiti, Estonia, Vanuatu, Georgia, Bahrain, Honduras, Malawi, Bulgaria, Qatar.
Who could have imagined that one could reach people in some many parts of the world? How cool is that?! That’s the kind of thing that keeps you blogging. 🙂