(1 ) are you male?
(2) are you single?
(3) do you enjoy going for long runs (2+ hrs) and/or engaging in long discussions about running (2+ hrs)?
(4) are you super anal about what you eat (i.e. you do not think fast food should be considered actual food)?
(5) do you consider the raw vegan cheesecake at Be Love the perfect celebratory food?
(6) do you think me, celebrating the purchase of a pair of Adidas Boost with cheesecake (mentioned in #5), a reasonable thing to do?
If you answered yes to all of these questions, you know how to get a hold of me. Important Tangent Alert: I'm betting those 6 questions will yield way better date options then what I would get after a week of me answering questions on OkCupid. #JustSaying #FutureBlogPost
|Tasty blueberry acai cheesecake from Be Love|
Moving on to the actual point of this post...statistics and how much fun they are!
Not just any statistics but statistics on my blog! Thank you google analytics :)
Since I've been writing regularly in my blog (December 2013 onwards) I have to say I have seen a dramatic increase in my pageviews! Since I started posting regularly I have seen my pageviews jump to a monthly average of approximately 1,000. Up from the not so impressive 10 pageviews a month. Obviously if I write more it gives people more incentive to visit my blog. It also helps that I engage in shameless self-promotion (one of my specialties) and I'm a damn good writer (modest too!).
So what social media platform am I most popular with?
For the entire history of my blog (June 2009 to present), Facebook is the most popular with 44% of my readers accessing my blog from there; 17% are from twitter and 2% from Google Plus. When you look at the last month, Twitter is the most popular, with 28% of my readers coming from there, 20% coming from Facebook and 3% from Google Plus.
So what do we make from all of this?
Well I have been on Facebook for the entire duration of the life of this blog, and most of my close friends are on Facebook. Let's face it, most people who read me are going to be my family and friends. Twitter is interesting because I joined Twitter in 2012 and have more than double the following on Twitter than I do Facebook. But that doesn't necessarily mean I should have double the readers coming from Twitter. Because my tweeps are not my close friends (not usually anyways), in fact the people I tweet at the most on Twitter I have never met in person. But in the last month I have not been promoting my blog on Facebook but consistently continue to promote on Twitter. This suggests that if you keep up with a promotion strategy you will increase your readers.
What about Google Plus?
Well I did only join that in the last few months and it looks like not many others are on there with me. Obviously if more people join Google Plus (as in actually use Google Plus) more people will read my blog. Get on it Google!
Don't forget the keywords!
Readers can come across your blog by typing keywords into a search engine (like Google for instance). Something I'm not very good at doing with my posts is giving them appropriate keywords or being consistent with giving them keywords. This is exemplified by the fact that the most popular keyword search for my blog is "Jesus discovery". Obviously I am not proof that Jesus existed; however, some people have told me they consider me Jesus...but those people were drunk at the time, so they are not the most reliable sources. I will note that my blog documents some of my trip to Israel and one of those posts had the keyword "Jesus" so I guess that explains part of the mystery as to why one would get my blog when typing the words "Jesus discovery" into Google.
So what are my top blog posts?
In a predictable fashion, my top blog post of all time is How my run group, once again proves, that a democracy is a waste of time. Yes, out of my top 10 blog posts of all time, this one captures 19% of the readership. Coming in second is Top 5 annoying runner habits at 12% of the readership.
|Yum! Cheesecake one of my keywords!|
The second most popular post was tweeted about by Dick Beardsley. I believe the tweet I received from him said "Love this!" Yeah he's talking about my blog. Celebrity endorsement. Apparently it does work.
So who are all these readers anyways?
Besides my strong readership in Canada (63%) and the USA (29%), apparently some of my posts are quite popular in Germany, Russia and China. I think they like the posts where I make a strong case for a dictatorship over a democracy. Could be there is a translation problem where my humour doesn't translate perfectly from English to German, Russian or Chinese. Or maybe my humour is just multinational. Yeah, I'm going with the latter there.
All this talk about statistics is making me hungry. Think I'm going to sign off and start working on my vegan chocolate chip spelt cookie recipe. I will have you know that my blog posts about cooking and baking are not very popular; however, the posts on running are...good thing these cookies are going to make excellent run fuel. Maybe I will blog about it next week, using a title like "Vegan Chocolate Chip Spelt Cookies: A recipe to fuel runs and the dictatorship of AndreaLand" or something equally as offensive as that.
PS - For those of you that want me to spell out the main point of this blog post again, it is that statistics are fun! Why? Well anything is fun when it centers around me and my blog! Obvs :D