2018 Blogging Stats
How has 2018 been for you?
Has your blog grown or has it fallen by the wayside?
Stats are those things that we all really care about, but somehow don’t talk about that often.
People always say that we shouldn’t compare ourselves to others, but it is difficult not to care about stats, especially as they are one of the few ways you can measure your blog’s ‘success’.
This year my stats have been all over the place, mainly due to life also getting busy. 2018 is the first full year that I have been blogging, as I started in July/August 2017.Over the year my blog has changed as I have experimented with different content and learned more about blogging. I still have a long way to go, but I feel like I have learned a lot this year and met some wonderful people!
Let’s have a look at some stats!
This year I have had nearly 21,000 views and 12, 000 visitors. For some this might seem like a lot, for others very few, but it is a definite upturn from 2017 where I had just under 5000 views and 3000 visitors over the year.
I have averaged ~1800-2000 page views a month and ~66 visitors per day, which I am pretty happy with!
I am also happy to see an increase in the number of comments on my posts, as I have been trying to blog hop and support other blogs as much as possible. In 2017 I had 283 comments on posts – this year I have had ~1600 comments so far! (I am using approximate figures as writing this before December 31st so there may be changes!)
The average page views per person is still 1.78, so I need to continue trying to increase my use of links and images in posts to encourage people to spend some more time on the blog after clicking through to read a post. When I visit other blogs I always click on at least two or three more posts so I would love to increase the amount of time that people spend reading my blog too.
My most popular posts published this year have been:
- Book Review: The Light Between Worlds
- Netgalley101: A Guide for Beginners
- Book Review: Here Comes Hercules!
- Book Review: The Storm Keeper’s Island
- 5 tips to fit more language learning into your life
I hadn’t been expecting that so many book reviews would be in the Top 5, as many bloggers say that they are their least-viewed posts. However, I don’t post discussion posts, which are seen to be the most popular, so perhaps that’s why my reviews get more views. I work quite hard on my reviews, but also have a number of posts that I have worked really hard on which haven’t been as popular!
Here are some of my favourite posts from this year:
- Oliver Jeffers at the V&A
- An Evening with Catherine Doyle
- Witches, witches everywhere
- Book Review: Tangleweed and Brine
- Author Interview: Gill Lewis
- Gift Books for Christmas
Strangely, whilst book tags and memes such as How to annoy a bookworm in 5 easy steps, 7 skills every bookworm has developed and Secret Life of a Book Blogger, are popular when first posted, they don’t seem to attract long-term visits.
My five least viewed posts have all been individual Multilingual flashcards, which is unsurprising as they are very specific to what somebody would like to learn in their target language. However, my page where all the the flashcards are collected in one place continues to be really popular!
If I include posts published last year too, my top 5 are:
- Talk to me in Korean: Lessons 1-7
- Korean: Basic Conversation Part 1 – Greetings
- Multilingual flashcard: Penguin
- Roald Dahl themed Maths Resources for Book Week
- Mathematics: Games for Learning Place Value
I can understand why the first two Korean posts are popular as they are perfect introductions for anyone beginning to learn Korean and I’m glad that they’ve been useful to so many people! I’m still not entirely sure why the Penguin in 10 languages continues to be so popular, but I guess that lots of people like penguins!
The last two in the Top 5 are teaching resources, both containing free, downloadable resources which I have created. Despite the fact that I can see that lots of people have downloaded them , I am yet to have anyone comment to say thanks or say how they used them, Poor, busy teachers!
Despite a bit of a slump in December, due to illness and general ‘life’ getting in the way, I have blogged quite consistently this year, as well as identifying more of the direction I would like to take my blog in during 2019. I will be posting about some of what I have learnt and some of what I am hoping to achieve in 2019 soon!
How has your 2018 been?
What changes are you planning to make on your blogs in 2019?
Thanks for reading!