I reached another milestone on my blog which I started on April 23, 2017. I feel that nothing is off limits when it comes to what I write about and over the course of my blog (with this being my 5,000 post), I have written some poems (none of them are very good), I have talked about my life, I have written about love and the lack of it, and I have responded to many prompts. I have ranted about things that upset me and wrote essays about various topics and also talked about my three books of which none are published. I wrote 135 posts that never received one comment, so even when a tree falls in the forest and there is no one around, it does produce vibrations, but concerning these posts without any comments, it feels like my vibrations went unnoticed, or were just ignored. I have a few posts with one comment and zero likes, although these are my earlier posts from when I first started blogging. I still have one post that never received a comment or a like and that post is destined to spend the rest of its life sitting on a shelf gathering dust.
My blog finally hit the big time 3 months after I started blogging and I had my first post titled What the Pluck receive over 10 likes and 10 comments. I entered into a friendship with bloggers Sandi, Sight and Fandango and we all read and commented on each other’s posts and this interaction gave more meaning to my blog. I was getting a lot more comments as each post started a conversation, but I was not getting many new viewers, so my likes were still very low. Sandi, and Sight both disappeared and that happens in Bloglandia, as people come and go all the time, but I am still friendly with Fandango, and I have met many other bloggers since then. I had a fluke post titled The Parking Lot App, which had 78 comments and only 3 likes and I have only had two other posts with more comments, and they were for my Song Lyric Sunday posts. Half of my comments usually come from me, unless they are on one of the challenges that I am hosting.
My stats have been very steady lately with my blog getting around 120 views a day over the last month, although I have had some days where that number goes up to 200. I am currently averaging 90 visitors a day, but a few days that has gone over 100. A view is counted when a visitor loads or reloads a page. A visitor is counted when WordPress sees a user or browser for the first time in a given period. Since I usually write multiple posts every day, that means that I have more views than visitors. My likes are all over the place going from 65 a day down to 8 a day, but I average around 35 likes per day. My comments are a bit steadier averaging about 30 a day, but these fluctuated from 52 down to 3. I have never liked any of my own posts, but I do see other bloggers doing that.
I have a phenomenal number of views on a post that I wrote titled Colder Than a Well Digger’s Ass, which never seems to get less than 100 views a month and it now has 27,712 views. That is amazing since it only has 11 likes and 20 comments. I feel that any post which gets 100 views to be successful, as in my first year of blogging, I never reached that mark and this number of views on one post is just insane. This post actually had 2,724 views in a single month. About 60% of my views come from search engines and Google seems to be the most popular one. 38% of my views stem from the WordPress Reader and the rest of them come from my followers. I currently have 1,899 followers, but I only feel that I know a few of them by name. Most of my likes come from this small group of people that are shown below.
I try to focus on producing good content, which means that I do my research, before writing about anything and I usually only write posts that I consider to be challenging. I am not sure what my goal is with blogging, but if one day I were to walk into a blogger convention, and people would look at me and say, “There goes Jim Adams, the best there ever was”, that would be satisfying. Ok, I have bored you enough with my stats, so I am going to leave you with a song.