The joy blogging brought me in 2022

Like many of us who have been members of the blogosphere, the feeling of community is a very important aspect of the activity.  During the isolating times of the pandemic blogging truly provided me with a lifeline of sanity and friendship for which I will be eternally grateful.  One thing I enjoy every year, pandemic or no pandemic and regardless of the state of the world, is to take a look at the statistics for the past year’s blogging activities and reflect on what the stats can teach me.

The statistic I derive the most pleasure from is the map and figures on where across the world readers can be found.  I may not have the volume of traffic that some bloggers have, but I couldn’t be more pleased to know that this year at least one person from each of 156 countries read at least one of my posts.  That is really, really cool.  Talk about the Internet having a global reach!  This is what it looks like;


These are the 10 countries that attracted the largest number of views (thanks to Roy for putting Jersey on the map!) and also the 10 countries at the bottom of the list, with 1 view each, but I’ll take it.  There were LOTS of countries in between. Welcome, welcome to all new viewers! 🙂


The other statistic that I always enjoy perusing is the number of views per blog post.  Usually some kind of theme emerges as to which topics interested the most viewers, but this year it was all over the map.  I guess the only message for me in that observation is to keep trying new topics and see what happens! 😉

Interestingly, the top 8 posts (after my Home page, which wins by a mile) are all posts from previous years.  This should be encouraging news for those of you who are relatively new to blogging.  Your posts never go away and continue to be found and read year after year.  Stick with it!

The top 10 posts from 2022 (written and posted in 2022) run the gamut.  Here they are, for your consideration:

  1. Outrage from a Canadian: a rant. This was the post I wrote about the so-called Freedom Convoy in Ottawa in the depths of winter last January and February, when anti-vaxxers and anti-maskers held Ottawa citizens and businesses to ransom for an entire month, complete with Trump and QAnon flags.
  2. Map Monday: This sovereign nation called Ukraine. This post illustrates, in maps, the history of Ukraine, its borders, and its neighbours through the centuries.  Posted, appropriately, on Feb 28.
  3. Here’s a bucket list item for you. A post about an extraordinary woman (a very fit grandmother) who was setting out to walk the entire original Silk Road of Marco Polo, a route of 22,000 kms, through some very rough and also politically charged territory.
  4. Important lessons our parents teach us without even realizing it. Some light humour about sayings that parents have used through the decades, for example: My mother taught me LOGIC … “Because I said so, that’s why.”
  5. If I could turn back time – for peace, for love, …, for dinosaurs? This post was a response to a challenge posed to me by fellow blogger John Persico.  He asked me to choose a moment in time that I would have changed if I had been able to and explain why.  It took me a very long time to decide what one change I would have made.
  6. Family history as told by a piano. This post is a special one for me.  It’s a tribute to the piano I inherited on my Mom’s passing when I was 28-years old and now had to pass along to someone who could make better use of it, in other words see better and move their fingers better.
  7. Celebrating winter, snow, and the Canadian outlook that sees us through. This is a collection of cartoons poking fun at dealing with the joys and excesses of winter.  Most of the United States could have used these last week, although they probably wouldn’t have found it that funny at the time!
  8. Figuring out how to lead our lives is rarely easy; I guess it isn’t meant to be. Dealing with the passage of time, leading our best lives as we do so, and considering how to pass along our own stories to our kids and grandkids.
  9. Big city living vs small city living, similarities and differences. Having lived in both, it’s kind of fun to look at the comparisons.
  10. Easter, Passover, and Ramadan are aligning in 2022, but their underlying messages aren’t getting out! Peace, hope, and love are the messages, but too many actions in 2022 haven’t exemplified those messages in action, to say the least.

Thus ends Robby Robin’s blogging journey for 2022.  Let’s hope that Robby’s writing buddy – me – can find lots of examples of peace, hope, and love in 2023, as can you all.

Happy New Year, one and all!

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30 Responses to The joy blogging brought me in 2022

  1. Victoria says:

    Love this, Jane — how cool to dig into the analytics and then share! Thank you! Good reading for those of us who may have missed some of your ‘top 10’. Happy New Year! 🧡😊🧡

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  2. Margaret says:

    I’m delighted that your top post was ‘a rant’ Jane. It puts to bed my initial fears that blogs were about incessant pleasantries and niceties! 🙂
    Thank you for your interesting, thought provoking posts. I look forward to more!
    Happy New Year 🔔 🔔

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  3. heimdalco says:

    I haven’t had time to go back & check my stats for 2022, but will. They are always very interesting &, even 9 years later, I am always amazed, overwhelmed & excited when something I write is read & enjoyed by even one person, as I know you are. To me that is the greatest measure of success. I hope we never lose that kind of enthusiasm.

    For me 2022 blogging has been a way to vent, a way to express my ideas about love & beauty, & especially a way to make real friends of several special bloggers I follow that follow me & with whom I share a commonality, understanding & feelings of the heart. That’s probably the most unexpected perk of blogging … making special friendships with pretty amazing people we would have otherwise missed had we not shared space in the blogosphere.


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  4. Seems like I’ve missed a lot of thought provoking, interesting & heartwarming posts from you whilst taking a break, so guess there’s some catching up to do! But it’s good to be back & reconnect with those blogs I was following & find most of them still there…it’s like being back in the zone. Great to see how widely these thoughts, rants & ideas can reach – what a pleasing global community to be part of! Wishing you health & happiness for the year ahead. 🦋

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  5. DM says:

    Happy New Year Jane! Your blogging friend from Iowa. DM

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  6. Rose says:

    Happy New Year!! I absolutely loved your piano story and the alignment story! I look forward to reading all the wonderful things you share next year.
    I created a nearly identical stat post and had planned to ‘release’ it tomorrow. 😃 I have far less views than most bloggers, and even fewer guests who interact. I keep hoping that my writing will improve, and maybe that will encourage readers to engage. The most popular post is one I wrote back in 2021 about Vincent Van Gough. I’m unsure why it’s so popular, maybe art students are visiting to read his words? – ‘there may be a great fire in our soul’…

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    • Jane Fritz says:

      Happy New Year to you, too, Rose. Personally, I find your writing excellent and and your topics compelling. Your posts deserve to be widely read. Maybe you need to include more tags? I’ll look forward to your year-end summary post tomorrow. 😊

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  7. Wynne Leon says:

    What a cool wrap-up, Jane! I think 2022 is the year that I started following you so it was fun to read through your top posts and recognize most — and they are great ones. Love the perspective you bring to blogging and this world. Happy New Year!

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  8. Dr. John Persico Jr. says:

    Hi Jane, you sum it up pretty well. I always enjoy looking at the number of countries that log onto my blog site. I still have a few that have never read any of my blogs. Just think, we are internationally known. 🙂 John

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    • Jane Fritz says:

      LOL on being internationally known! But it is pretty amazing to look at such a pink map. There are a few countries I’ve been to that are marked as having no readers and I think back to where I visited and wonder what would entice someone to read one of my blog posts in, say, Bolivia, Namibia, or Belarus! 😄 Happy New Year, John!


  9. Roy McCarthy says:

    Jane you invest much of yourself in your blogs, always well researched and considered. Many of your posts will indeed stand the test of time and will still be read years from now. My top countries in 2022 were – UK, USA, Jersey, Ireland & Canada. Far and away my most read blog continues to be The Newall Murders from 2015.

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  10. dfolstad58 says:

    Is it possible to do the “wave” in a comment column? I am always amazed at your research and communication skills in your posts. Your blog posts are unique and informative! – David

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  11. That’s a lovely recap of excellent posts that I remember well. I’m so looking forward to your 2023 posts! All the best in 2023!

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  12. Forestwood says:

    Good fun isn’t it? This community we have never met in person yet feel connected to. I look at the analytics occasionally – always interesting. I am off to read a couple of your linked posts.


    • Jane Fritz says:

      Thanks for commenting, Amanda. Being part of the blogging community really is fun. Who knew?!

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      • Forestwood says:

        Well Jane, I have been at this for a while and some blogs do not encourage conversation. Some do and some don’t. Many bloggers reciprocate and visit the other bloggers who comment on their blogs. This reciprocity encourages further conversation and rapport. It all depends on what the individual bloggers wants out of a blog. To be expressive or collegial, I think. For me it started out as the former and evolved quickly into the latter.

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  13. Lillie says:

    That’s a very cool way to review the year Jane! I like the countries list too!

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