2010 in review by WordPress

WordPress sent this little blog post to us via email.  :)

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 22,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 5 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 225 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 44 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 10mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was November 7th with 1,284 views. The most popular post that day was How the used car market is like health insurance.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were getrichslowly.org, Google Reader, scientopia.org, reassignedtime.wordpress.com, and notofgeneralinterest.blogspot.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for 101 ways to abort your gay-married, al-qaeda-loving baby for $39 or less!, 101 ways to abort your gay-married al-qaeda-loving baby for 39 or less, and grumpy rumblings.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


How the used car market is like health insurance September 2010


About July 2010


Mortgage Update and a worry December 2010


Why I’m in no hurry to become a millionaire September 2010


Searches that find our blog amuse us September 2010

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16 Responses to “2010 in review by WordPress”

  1. Everyday Tips Says:

    I remember your GRS post. Did you notice your traffic stayed high after your guest post? I always wondered if traffic ‘stuck’ after posting on a bigger site.

    Our top referrers are totally different! :)

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      It went down by a third each day until settling slightly higher than it had been before the GRS post. It’s hard to say what the actual stick-age was because when all the other bloggers were complaining about losing holiday hits, we were still at a higher level than we had been before the GRS post. We also went up to 11 subscribers (we don’t advertise our RSS feed, so I know that’s kind of low), but lost a couple of them and are now at 10 again. About a week after we got an Inside Higher Ed hit that also drove our traffic up, but not to the levels of the GRS post. We were also featured on scientopia/drugmonkey which was pretty amazing.

      The academic folks seem to read but not comment so much! Or maybe #2 just leaves way more awesome comments than I do. (She’s more active on the academic forums.)

  2. SS4BC Says:

    I haven’t gotten mine from WordPress. Beginning to think I won’t!

  3. First Gen American Says:

    Thanks for sharing your stats. I’m really surprised you don’t have more subscribers as you have a ton of regular commentors. I’m one of the 11 I guess.

    That’s an impressive start for a new blog. Good luck in 2011. DO you have any blog goals or to just keep it as a fun distraction to life?

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Not so worried about the subscribers. We update daily so I figure we’re just on people’s morning blog trawl. :) And we haven’t really done anything to encourage subscribing because we’re lazy. (Not that we don’t want people to read us and comment and subscribe! We totally do!)

      Re: blog goals, as it says on our about page, our goal is to become famous on the internet so we can wear the t-shirts. Other than that, it’s just for fun. We keep going back and forth on the monetizing question. Ironically the lower income of the two of us is less in favor of monetizing. Here’s where we stand right now on ads. I do think that the one of us could convince the other to put in side ads from individual sponsors even if adsense doesn’t seem worth it right now.

      I do think that if something horrible happened and we didn’t get tenure we probably could at this point pick up some freelance writing just by asking and being available for that.

      • First Gen American Says:

        I just finally took the plunge and threw adsense up on mine last week. I have made $0 so far, but I did have a few really big days in Nov and I wonder if I would’ve made any money during that time period. We’ll see what happens.

        I totally don’t see my blog as a business, but as a hobby, but I feel like I should be learning about the monitization aspect just for the sake of figuring it out.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        Ironically, or perhaps not so ironically, the one of us who is least interested in monetizing is also the one who knows the most about it. :)

  4. Invest It Wisely Says:

    You are a posting machine! :)

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Ha! Not sure that’s a good thing. When drugmonkey showcased us, one of the comments was something to the effect of there’s no way we’re going to get tenure if we spend so much time blogging and what’s wrong with us. (Though maybe said commenter was just jealous and bitter.)

  5. MutantSupermodel Says:

    Wow this is your first year? Great job! My stats were much less awesome than yours :) I actually don’t have any clue on how to increase subscribers outside of WordPress or even if they exist. I also don’t really like the idea of monetizing a blog outside of some sort of affiliate thingy like I have with Amazon. Congrats though, that’s seriously awesome!

  6. Molly On Money Says:

    You’ve done great for your first year!
    The more I read other bloggers WordPress stats the more I’m refusing to post mine! Whah! I’ve decided to start advertising and writing more (although I don’t think I can do a post everyday!). It’s been a tough decision because I love the clean look of my site.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Nothing like a guest post for GRS to kick up stats. When are you gonna do yours? I vote chicken farming! Or honey! Or both!

      • Molly On Money Says:

        I don’t know, Nicole and Maggie, when am I doing that guest post on GRS? I did one for Budgets are Sexy on chicken farming……so maybe ‘the junkmail yurt’ or ‘how we are attempting to move our doublewide to get more southern exposure to save money on the heating bill’.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        You’ll do one about 6 months after you submit it to JD!
        Those sound like good topics too. :)

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