I have no idea how my blog compares to other blogs in terms of number of views and engagement. A few years ago, I started sharing some details about how the blog is going and, even though not many people read them, I continue to make them public in the interest of transparency and in case it is of interest to other bloggers.
I don’t devote as much time to the blog as I used to due to other work pressures. Last year I posted 28 times. (Here’s a list of posts for the year and the number of views they received.)
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 2019
- Total views in 2019—347,260 (364,359 in 2018)
- Total views for the life of the blog—1,295,700
- Average of 951 views/day in 2019 (998 in 2018)
- Total visitors in 2019—219,692 (237,962 in 2018)
- Total likes in 2019—84 (59 in 2018)
- Total comments in 2019—106 (121 in 2018)
- Total shares in 2019—861 (655 in 2018)
- Total followers of blog—1178 (1025 in 2018)
- Total Twitter followers—611 (594 in 2018)
- Total Blog Facebook page followers—516 (412 in 2018)
For the first time, some of the key stats were less than last year. This was because one post, It’s simple maths, not a once in a 1000 year phenomenon, received many more views in 2018 than I normally receive.
Top posts for 2019
The following are the top posts for 2019. As you can see, some of them were written a few years ago but continue to be relevant.
- Types of community engagement (33,063 views, written in 2012)
- It’s simple maths, not a once in a 1000 year phenomenon (22,315 views, written in 2017)
- What is asset-based community development (ABCD)? (20,020 views, written in 2013)
- What are social models of health? (20,018 views, written in 2015)
- What is the Strengths Perspective? (18,519 views, written in 2012)
- Special days and dates for the environment – 2019 (18,226 views, written in 2019)
- Seven principles for a strengths-based approach to working with groups (16,637 views, written in 2016)
- What is the Spectrum of Public Participation? (15,270 views, written in 2017)
- What is community capacity building? (13,222 views, written in 2014)
- Some definitions of family (7333 views, written in 2014)
As you can see, this is not a personal blog where I talk about my life or aim to build a community of followers. In many ways it is quite an academic blog, which I guess is understandable as I’m a University lecturer. While I would like to be more of a story teller, one the main aims of the blog is to share information and resource on strengths-based practice that might be of use to students and practitioners. I also sometimes use it to raise environmental issues.
Most of my views come from internet searches so all the top posts for the year (except one) were written a while ago. One of the reasons that I do get quite a lot of views is that I have been writing on these topics for quite a while, there are 735 posts, and so the blog appears early on in internet searches for a range of topics.
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:
- Blogging as an academic
- The struggle of trying to write
- 7 principles guiding my work
- About me
- Blog statistics for 2018 (Transparency report)
- Some blog stats for 2017
If you find any problems with the blog, (e.g., broken links or typos) I’d love to hear about them. You can either add a comment below or contact me via the Contact page.