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. I think we’ve been engaging less with the blogosphere as a whole in terms of commenting on others’ blogs (and we’re off some blogrolls that we used to be on, though I’m not sure why this year… we don’t seem to have any obviously controversial posts or commenting drama this year). We have a record low number of posts this year with 198 (previous low was 210). And I suspect our posts just haven’t been as interesting. Comments are down which I entirely attribute to Chacha1 being MIA (you are missed, chacha!), number of likes is about the same as last year.
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 Being Asked for Money July 2019
- 5 Help me with countertops! (Please?) January 2019 (I should probably post completed pictures sometime…)
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 two of these are from 2019 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 2019:
- Being Asked for Money
- Help me with countertops! (Please?)
- things you don’t actually have to do (unless you want to)
- Ask the readers: How can a student remember to turn in hir completed homework?
- Feeling like a jerk about money (I should note that I got over this and we handed the in-laws a check for half next summer’s Air BNB at Christmas)
Top referring sites were:
Most visitors came from The United States. Canada & India came next.
Our most commented post was things you don’t actually have to do (unless you want to) (note to self for next year: this stat is now hidden under “insights” and is no longer on site stats) (Thank you previous self! Also, self next year, it’s been further hidden in the comments part– you have to change to comments by posts and pages where it says comments by authors)
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. Debbie M 46
2. Michael N Nitabach 45
3. Revanche@agaishanlife 43
4. First Gen American 39
5. bogart 33
Great to see bogart back in action! And I think this is a first time for comrade Nitabach on the leader board.
Yay Debbie M! 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 Debbie M in the comments. :)
January 8, 2020 at 11:39 am
I never know what really affects traffic from year to year. Some months bring in dozens of comments, some months – crickets. Same thing from year to year. I don’t think your posts are any less interesting to read, this is one of the few blogs that I read every week unless we’re traveling. I notice that over time my readers move on with their lives and aren’t always being replaced with new readers. I don’t go looking for new readers but I do like to find new blogs to stick with long term as older blogs slowly sunset. (Don’t leave me!)
Congrats, Debbie M! Just 3 from the top, so close! I will try harder next year ;)
January 8, 2020 at 12:12 pm
Shucks, ma’am. We love reading your blog too!
January 8, 2020 at 11:45 am
I’m glad you’re still blogging. Even with lower stats you are greatly appreciated!
And thank you so much for donating! I nominate Rainforest Foundation, Inc. They work with indigenous communities to help them continue preserving rainforest habitat. This protects the environment, fights climate change, and protects human rights. They explain all this better themselves: https://rainforestfoundation.org/what-we-do/
January 8, 2020 at 12:11 pm
Got it! Will do!
January 8, 2020 at 2:33 pm
Sorry I’ve been MIA. I am actually still reading but rarely commenting! I really enjoying getting to read your blog as I get ready on MWF. Thanks for continuing to blog!
January 8, 2020 at 2:42 pm
Awww! You’re a valuable member of Grumpy Nation!
January 8, 2020 at 9:20 pm
yay! It’s just a pain to type comments on my phone, and I’m actually trying to get work done at work so I don’t bring it home. Between those two, I spend less time writing stuff online.
January 8, 2020 at 5:56 pm
From Celeste p:
You: Hi, my name is [name], I’m calling from [zip code].
You: I’m calling to ask [elected] to please vote in favor of the War Powers Resolution (as led by Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin) tomorrow.
You: The President and this administration have an incoherent and incomprehensible foreign policy track record around Iran, including the aborted June strike, the decision to kill Soleimani, which is being justified on grounds that conservative members of the GOP are criticizing, and even this morning’s incomprehensible speech about NATO’s role in the Middle East.
You: It’s been proven time and again that this administration is willing to strike-first and ask questions later around Iran, and we need to take steps to ensure that doesn’t involve war. Please do your job to check the executive branch, and vote in favor of the War Powers resolution.
You: [Optional comments]
January 9, 2020 at 12:55 pm
I read many fewer blogs than I used to. But I still read yours. Thanks for keeping it up.
January 9, 2020 at 1:00 pm
Thank you!!! We appreciate you and especially your comments!
January 10, 2020 at 7:27 am
Yours is the only blog I regularly go to anymore.
I’ve made a little effort to find newer writers but so many newer blogs are so carefully curated to portray a certain image it just feels so fake to me. I miss the group of bloggers we started with who just put it all out there, the good, the bad,…a little rough around the edges.
Thanks for being one of the few who’ve stuck it out and are still writing good stuff.
January 10, 2020 at 7:32 am
Sniffle, we’re honored! Thank you for keeping with us! And for the compliments!
January 10, 2020 at 3:36 pm
I was always sorry to have found you via here too late to read your writing, glad to still see you as a commenter here.
January 10, 2020 at 11:47 am
Thanks for keeping up the unapologetic awesomeness and especially the book recs!
January 10, 2020 at 2:11 pm
It’s been a long time since the last book rec! I was working on a post last night and realized I couldn’t remember whether I’d liked a couple books I’d read right after the last books post published.
And nobody should have to apologize for being awesome! You either!
January 13, 2020 at 1:05 am
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