Grumpy Rumblings 2016 Year in blogging

Looks like traffic is down from 2014 and 2015– we’re about at the same level as 2013, but with fewer unique visitors.

These are the posts that got the most views in 2016.

[Ed: Note that only one of these is from 2016! The #1 post is from students trying to plagiarize a really common composition assignment.  Not sure about the popularity of the other posts.

According to our stats, here’s the most popular 2016 posts:

What happened when I complained about my low salary

March mortgage update:  Why we bought a huge house and why we shouldn’t have

Getting an oxygen mask on:  Protecting oneself monetarily

In which I DGAF

Money => security => easier to save money

The one after that and the one after that are also money posts… I guess money posts were popular this year?


The top referring sites in 2016 were:


Most visitors came from The United States. Canada & United Kingdom were not far behind.

The most commented on post in 2016 was Why I want to make enough money to support myself (and my family) even though I’m a woman with a high earning husband

Ugh, I can’t get the most active commenters for the year, only for some undetermined amount of time.  :(  These were the 5 most active commenters on that unspecified amount of time:

Also if I search comments, chacha has 16 pages worth in 2016 and Leah has 10 pages (Debbie M has 7).  I’m too lazy to count them all up, but that’s enough to make me confident that chacha is this year’s winner.

Yay Chacha!  This means you get to tell us where to donate our most recent month’s proceeds from amazon sales.  Either tell us and link up in the comments (if you want more exposure) or email us at grumpyrumblings at gmail if you want it to be more secret-like.

Any blog commentary or highlights from the grumpy gallery?  Also, congratulate Chacha in the comments.  :)

20 Responses to “Grumpy Rumblings 2016 Year in blogging”

  1. Leah Says:

    Congrats to cha cha! Once again, I am not quite committed enough ;-)

  2. Kemi Says:

    Just to add that I really like your political posts even though I am not an American because it reassures me that not everyone is on the Trump gravy train. I also like how proactive you are in the posts. Thank you

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      The majority of Americans are not on the Trump gravy train! But unfortunately we’ve been falling down at the state and local levels which means our districts are gerrymandered and voting rights in urban areas have been curtailed. (I am guilty of complacency and giving up as much as the next Red-state Democrat. I voted, but voting was not enough.)

      We need to stop being complacent! The fate of the world is literally in our hands. My one voice won’t do anything, but when lots of us are mobilized we can do something. So every single one of us (in the US) has a responsibility to do what we can.

      And getting off the soapbox to say thanks!

    • Leah Says:

      I think none of us (except the 1%) will be on the actual Trump gravy train. Maybe people who invested well.

      Is the perception abroad that many people are getting on the Trump bandwagon? Maybe it’s the circles I run in, but even many of my conservative acquaintances/friends didn’t vote for him. I also know plenty who voted for him but don’t really like him. I would guess that he is likely not going to be a popular president.

  3. crazy grad mama Says:

    Congratulations Chacha! And boo to WordPress for not giving us pretty stats summaries this year.

  4. Cloud Says:

    For a long time, one of my most popular post was me talking about the differences between NZ and America, and it was popular because I talked about toilet stalls and the rest of the world really wonders why there are gaps in toilet stalls in the US. THEY REALLY WONDER.

    Now you’ll get some of those curious people, too.

    You’re welcome. :)

  5. chacha1 Says:


    Planned Parenthood continues to be the charity of choice. Thank you, thank you very much.

    p.s. I need to know about toilet stalls in NZ.

  6. Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life Says:

    Yay ChaCha!

    Yay me for finally making the list! Resolution: stay on the list in 2017! Starting now.

    @cloud: I remember flying to Switzerland 15 years ago, seeing a full length door in the restroom and obsessing for the next 4 days about why we don’t get full length doors. The only thing I could think of was that it’s helpful to have a gap when you have a younger child or goofus like me who gets locked in and needs help, but that’s a very limited use case.

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