Late because #1 is overburdened with service and teaching this year and has been sick and just has not had time for much of anything. She does not like being in charge of everything, which I guess is what happens when you gain seniority and other people in seniority retire or become department chair so you end up being asked to do the service they did before they retired or got tapped for chair. :(
Traffic continues its downward trend. Again, blog traffic in general is down, and we haven’t really been doing deliberately controversial posts, we’re not on twitter, etc. Or maybe we’re just not sparking joy for people and getting weeded because of Kondomania. Comments are about the same, number of likes has more than doubled.
These are the posts that got the most views in 2018:
- 1 My cousin’s wedding December 2011
- 2 Liberty Tabletop Review: We bought cutlery April 2017
- 3 Sleep and gifted preschoolers August 2011
- 4 Googly questions and answers April 2017 (I have no idea why it got 801 views this year)
- 5 Options for handling the long unpaid summer May 2018
I think these probably show an increase in people finding our blog via googling and perhaps a decrease in conversations across blogs (or twitter) bringing in traffic. Again, only one of these is from 2018 and the #1 post is still from students trying to plagiarize a really common composition assignment. We have cornered the market on plagiarizing a short essay about a relative’s wedding.
According to our stats, here’s the most popular posts from 2018:
- Options for handling the long unpaid summer
- “Pretending” to be a Darth Vader husband is not cool or funny
- Networking FTW (part 2)!! Or how to get the job you really wanted in 10 short years
- Who is selfish? (btw, that mom is still driving way out to another bus stop)
- Fear of running out of money
Top referring sites were:
Most visitors came from The United States. Canada & India came next.
Our most commented post was DH got a 10% raise and now we’re really going to have some obnoxious money posts (note to self for next year: this stat is now hidden under “insights” and is no longer on site stats)
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:
1. Revanche@agaishanlife 67
2. rose 46
3. gasstationwithoutpumps 44
4. Debbie M 39
5. Leah 38
Man, Chacha totally fell off the map this year!
Yay Revanche! 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 Revanche in the comments. :)
January 21, 2019 at 9:09 am
Your blog does not ‘spark’ joy. IT LIGHTS A HUGE BONFIRE OF JOY.
January 21, 2019 at 9:10 am
Aw, that’s sweet. We’re blushing. :)
January 21, 2019 at 4:26 pm
January 21, 2019 at 6:54 pm
I swear we weren’t fishing for compliments but they are much appreciated! *warm glow*
January 21, 2019 at 8:35 pm
WOOO!! What a pick me up on a tough day. I would love for this year’s support to go to the One Spirit Okini coordinators for one of these Lakota families’ needs: http://www.okini.net/
January 21, 2019 at 8:35 pm
Also, you’re the ONLY blog I check every single week and even multiple times a week. You are a source of joy!
January 22, 2019 at 5:16 am
Aw man, we feel honored.
January 22, 2019 at 8:33 pm
Ok, money has been sent!
January 22, 2019 at 7:51 am
Tomorrow 1/23 is a national call-in day about not building a wall and reopening government. You can call today too, but definitely call tomorrow.
There are also some office visits and protests planned by local indivisible groups. If you’ve got time, check them out. https://indivisible.org/
January 22, 2019 at 8:57 am
Another vote for “I appreciate both of you and your work here!”
And congrats to Revanche!
January 22, 2019 at 8:59 am
We appreciate you too! Our blog would not be worth doing without our wonderful commenters!
January 22, 2019 at 5:37 pm
chacha1 was writing a million words of new fiction in 2018! she will do better at commenting this year. :-)
January 22, 2019 at 5:46 pm
January 23, 2019 at 7:08 am
I do read fewer blogs now but yours is one of the few I always read. :)
January 23, 2019 at 8:58 am
January 24, 2019 at 6:34 pm
Often lurk rarely comment. I always check out your link love! Also sometimes book recommendations. I (random person on the internet) appreciate your content!
Just ask my husband… he knows to ask “did you find this from your grumpy rumblings of the untenured” and then I correct him that you are FORMERLY untenured (we are both phd’s and he is faculty himself so he should freaking be tracking better on this). Often the cool thing I’m telling him about is something from you guys. Actually…. since I am commenting… what the heck does “rboc” mean?
January 24, 2019 at 8:05 pm
Originally random bullets of crap, but #2 made the executive decision to change that to random bonbons of chocolate in protest of mass shootings.