Not bad for my first full year of blogging.

I’m going to be honest: WordPress pretty much wrote this blog post for me. I’m currently at my grad school residency, a twice-a-year, 10-day program for creative writing on an island with limited Internet access, so I haven’t really been checking my blog. I didn’t count on blogging at all while here, but then WordPress emailed me this summary of my 2010 activity at The Garrett and I had to share, because I’m amazed at what people want to read.

Apparently, people want to read about my uterus. And to think, that was the post I almost didn’t share.

Bizarre, right? It has been weird to watch the hits come in this year. People search for the weirdest things. I get a lot of hits on the post I did about Harry Willson Watrous’s painting, The Drop Sinister. I get clusters of hits on that one,  and I suspect that those hits are the results of field trips to the Portland Museum of Art. It’s especially strange to be notified when someone I don’t know finds my site through a Google search for TC Boyle, or Denise Mina, and ends up reading one of the craft essays I wrote for this grad program.

I’m happy when people want to read anything I’ve written, however, so I’m grateful for all my hits in 2010. Thanks to all the readers; I will blog more in 2011.

Below is WordPress’s information about my blog.

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 2,300 times in 2010. That’s about 6 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 68 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 71 posts. There were 68 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 26mb. That’s about 1 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 22nd with 86 views. The most popular post that day was The biological time bomb..

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, twitter.com, mail.yahoo.com, wordpress.com, and en.wordpress.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for the drop sinister, erin corriveau, confession in the catholic church, “peter selgin”, and the drop sinister harry willson watrous.

Attractions in 2010

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

1

The biological time bomb. October 2010
9 comments

2

A.J. September 2009
2 comments

3

An elegy for my job June 2010
7 comments

4

The Drop Sinister November 2010
5 comments

5

My First Page, or how I learned to stop sulking and love the bomb. November 2010
6 comments

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6 thoughts on “Not bad for my first full year of blogging.

  1. Isn’t it amusing what searches lead people to your blog? WordPress tells me my top searches in the 2 months I’ve been in existence have been “panda hat,” “what to wear with a panda hat,” and “hitting the snooze.” 😛

    Congrats on your first year! Looking forward to another year to come!

    • Thank you! I look forward to blogging lots more this year, and I’m happy that you’re one of my readers. I admire your prose, and I’ve always wanted to be friends with someone named Cordelia; in fact when I was a kid, a friend and I decided to change our names to Cordelia (her) and Anastasia (me.) The names didn’t stick.

      Incidentally, what does one wear with a panda hat?

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