If you’re still reading this post, I guess the phrase “My WordPress Stats” wasn’t enough to scare you off. So now you’re obligated to read the rest…
As you can see from the right side of the graph above, the views from the first six months of 2021 were all higher than the last six months of the year, except for December. But that spike in December can be explained by a one-day freakish jump in views, when I had over 5,000 views.
Despite the drop in view in the second half of the year, I was still able to post my sixth straight year of an increasing number of views for the year, as shown by the chart below:
But that trend appears in danger, given what has happened the past six months.
If you look at the chart below, I thought I had this blogging thing figured out beginning in October of 2020. That was the start of four straight months of over 20,000 views per month, peaking with my highest month ever in January of 2021, except for another freakish day back in May of 2020, when I had over 10,000 views (yes, thanks to tires and legos).
Halfway through 2021, I was projecting I’d have over 250,000 views for the year, but as you can see from the yearly graph, I ended just short of 210,000 views for the year.
Now don’t get me wrong. I was quite excited to break 200,000 – especially knowing that in 2015, my first year of blogging, I had 18,500 views.
The final chart I will show is of likes, comments, and words per post.
2021 was a good year in terms of increased engagement compared to 2020. Average comments per post were nearly 60 and the average number of likes was 61. It may be that these increases are the result of the average length of my blog posts dropping from 451 words per post in 2020 to 428 words in 2021.
I guess that suggests that if I can get my posts below 10 words, people will really like my blog…
This chart also reminds me of how long it took me to get some engagement on my blog. You will notice that for the first four years of my blog I averaged less than two comments per post, and less than one like per post.
It’s hard to say what may have caused the increase in engagement beginning in 2019, but I think part of it was my decision to move from using wordpress.org to using wordpress.com, which seemed to make it easier to become part of the blogging community.
And speaking of community, thank you to all of you who have viewed, liked, or commented on any of my posts this year, as well as in past years. The WordPress community is a wonderful one to be part of, and I look forward to continuing that engagement with both “old bloggers” and meeting some new ones.
P.S. the countdown to breaking Cal Ripkens’s record is now 75 days…