Here it is, the last day of the year – and of a turbulent decade – and along with all the reviews of news, sports, culture, and investing, there are lots of bloggers posting a look at their year in review. So, what the heck, I did it last year, why not take a look at Robby Robin’s year in review for 2019 as well? WordPress, the blogging platform many of us use, provides lots of statistics, and today is the day to capture all the stats for 2019.
As most of us find, both to our surprise and pleasure, the top posts aren’t only those posts that we’ve written this year. Some older blog posts are remarkably enduring. That surely should be reassuring. I’ll stick with my 7 most read posts for this year only (well, actually 8 because the 7th position is a tie). You will see from the titles that there is absolutely no theme to the most popular posts. None whatsoever. I’m going to take that as permission to continue to write about whatever is on my mind on a given day, since it seems there’s a chance that any topic will appeal to at least some readers!
What was read in 2019?
Last year I started in dramatic fashion with #7 and worked my way up to #1. This year I’ll keep it simple and just list them in order:
- When is a credit not really a credit? Just ask Air Canada (I’m guessing that this post had a lot of Canadian readers!)
- Pressure is a privilege – really?
- Why you should visit Canada’s Maritime provinces
- Runfessions: time to hang up the sneakers
- The joy of being a woman in her 70s – or joy at any age
- A virtual tour of snow, lots of snow
- I’m ready for my first electric car, but is the electric car industry ready for me? and, in a tie for number of views, Sustainability: Is the Mount Everest gridlock a metaphor for our planet?
Where do Robby Robin’s readers live?
As for where Robby’s readers live, I’m pleased and somewhat astonished to report that you all continue to represent an impressively high number of countries. My country total decreased slightly, from 110 countries last year to 106 this year, but that’s still a fair whack of the planet. I shed readers from a few countries and gained a few, including from some very beleaguered places like Somalia, Sudan, and Iraq. You can see that blogging is a wonderful way to expand your horizons, meet new people, and learn more about the world. I love it!
(As an aside, I’ve been lucky enough to have visited 44 of these countries, several of which I’ve blogged about. It’s an amazing world.)
This year the top 10 countries for Robby Robin’s readership are:
- United States
- Hong Kong
- South Africa
The remaining countries, for those of you who love geography as much as I do, in decreasing order of number of visits, are: Nigeria, Philippines, Netherlands, France, New Zealand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Italy, Singapore, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Czech Republic, Kenya, Mexico, Switzerland, Israel, Ireland, Portugal, Bhutan, Austria, Romania, Vietnam, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Turkey, Denmark, Cambodia, Bangladesh, EU (don’t ask me!), Panama, Guernsey, UAE, Hungary, Ukraine, Nepal, Guam, Thailand, Albania, Myanmar, Dominica, Belgium, Columbia, Barbados, Argentina, Uganda, Oman, Lebanon, Serbia, Luxembourg, Zambia, Bulgaria, Kuwait, Cape Verde, Afghanistan, China, Puerto Rico, Croatia, Senegal, Jordan, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Aruba, Bahrain, Chile, Kazakhstan, Aland Islands, Peru, Greece, Moldova, Azerbaijan, US Virgin Islands, Lithuania, Guatemala, Somalia, Dominican Republic, Latvia, Costa Rica, Morocco, Belize, Zimbabwe, Macau, Tunisia, Maldives, Slovenia, Sudan, Qatar, and Iraq.
If some of my readers have enjoyed one or more of my posts – and maybe have learned from them or have been encouraged to think about something they wouldn’t have thought about otherwise – then l consider 2019 to have been a rewarding year for blogging. It was a fun blogging year, no matter what. I wonder where the blogosphere will take me in 2020. Time will tell!