I already did my own review of my blog for 2010. It was pretty self-indulgent. And WordPress apparently recognizes the self-indulgence of bloggers (or at least this blogger) so it sent its own review of the year on my blog (my comments in boldface italics):
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:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 110,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 5 days for that many people to see it. Really, you think I liken my blog to an exhibit at the Louvre? I’m not that self-indulgent.
In 2010, there were 135 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 420 posts. There were 49 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 19mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.
The busiest day of the year was May 21st with 1 views. Would be interesting to know how I got 110K views without getting more than 1 per day. Obviously an error in the code for this automated message. My WordPress dashboard shows me the traffic that day was 1,331, my busiest day ever. The most popular post that day was Some tips on landing your next job in digital journalism.
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, poynter.org, tbd.com, Google Reader, and facebook.com. I guess I tweet a lot. Thanks to my colleagues and friends at Poynter for writing frequently about me and TBD this year and for sending people my way.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for steve buttry, siberia, story ideas, steve buttry blog, and matt and mandy poulter. I don’t know how people found me searching for “story ideas” or “siberia.” My blog doesn’t appear on the first five search-result pages for either. I wonder if they combined either term with some other words to narrow the search, and WordPress combined all the “story ideas” and “siberia” searches somehow in its ranking. I did a post on finding and developing story ideas that must have ranked higher for a while. Matt and Mandy Poulter are my niece and her husband. I wrote about their adoption of a daughter from Haiti, and my blog is on their first search-results page.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Some tips on landing your next job in digital journalism May 2010
About Steve Buttry December 2008
A Blueprint for the Complete Community Connection April 2009
90 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,
@statesman: A case study in using Twitter on breaking news February 2010
Pursuing a new opportunity in Washington January 2010
When I did my year in review, checking stats on Dec. 30, my post News organizations need mobile-first strategy, ranked just ahead of Pursuing a new opportunity in Washington for the past year (which included a couple days of 2009). Apparently they flipped order by New Year’s Eve. Just checked and they’re dead even now, with 1,805 views for the past year. Not that it matters, but if you’ve read this far, you’re bored and/or into minutiae.