When I started blogging I had no idea how my blog compared to others. I know it shouldn’t matter because I should be doing it for my own reasons, but the truth is I did wonder. After nearly two years of blogging I was still only averaging 23 views a day and decided that unless more people were interested, it really wasn’t worth the effort. I started putting in more time and thought to the blog, started writing better content and did some of the courses available through WordPress, and the numbers started increasing.
I’m still not sure how my blog compares to other blogs but, as I’m averaging nearly 1000 views a day, I definitely feel it is worth continuing. Even though many of my posts don’t get many views, because there are over 700 posts and some of them do fairly well, the total views continue to increase. As can be seen in the above graph, December/January and June/July are much quieter months which suggests to me that quite a lot of students use the blog.
I found it hard to make time for the blog in 2018—I only posted 21 times. Part of the reason is because work at the Family Action Centre is taking more of my free time, but I have also been struggling with motivation and a sense of inadequacy. Hopefully I will get back to more regular blogging in 2019.
I don’t make any money from the blog, and don’t want to. The following stats are based on those available through a free WordPress blog (with the “no ads” upgrade).
Key statistics for 2018
- Total views in 2018 – 364,359 (217,007 in 2017)
- Average of 998 views/day (595 in 2017)
- Total visitors in 2018 – 237,962 (141,047 in 2017)
- Total likes in 2018 – 59 (89 in 2017)
- Total comments in 2018 – 121 (137 in 2017)
- Total shares in 2018 – 655 (651 in 2017)
- Total followers of blog – 1025 (784 in 2017)
- Total Twitter followers – 594 (540 in 2017)
- Total Blog Facebook page followers – 412 (350 in 2017)
As you can see it isn’t a blog the has much interaction. I’m happy to have more, but I don’t actively try to create a “community” connected to my blog. It is more about providing information and resources.
Top posts for 2018
The following are the top posts for 2018. As you can see, some of them were written a few years ago but continue to be relevant.
- It’s simple maths, not a once in a 1000 year phenomenon (49,957 views, written in 2017)
- What are social models of health? (22,928 views, written in 2015)
- Types of community engagement (22,583 views, written in 2012)
- What is the Strengths Perspective? (21,983 views, written in 2012)
- What is asset-based community development (ABCD)? (21,032 views, written in 2013)
- Special days and dates for the environment – 2018 (16,192 views, written in 2017)
- What is the Spectrum of Public Participation? (15,473 views, written in 2017)
- What is community capacity building? (12,985 views, written in 2014)
- Seven principles for a strengths-based approach to working with groups (11,990 views, written in 2016)
- Making parents feel welcome in schools (7,185 views, written in 2013)
It is a bit disappointing that my top post, was not about the main issues I write about (strengths-based approaches to working with communities and families, and environmental sustainability). It could be tempting to chase views by writing similar posts but, as I am clear about why I blog, I don’t intend to change my focus.
In the next post, I’ll list all the posts I wrote in 2018 with how many views they’ve had.
I’m really happy to share any information about the blog, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
If you liked this post please follow my blog, and you might like to look at:
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- Some blog stats for 2017
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