Blog Review 2014

Like most of us, I’m obsessed with meaningless numbers. Sadly, I tend to let them define my self-worth. I was born in 1970. I’m 140 pounds. I need to workout for 6,000 straight minutes to burn off the 3, 786 calorie doughnut I just inhaled.

Somehow I think these numbers mean something.

Yet no matter how much these numbers fluctuate (and believe me, my birth year is not set in stone) deep down I am still the same ol’ me. Numbers aren’t so important in the grand scheme of things.

For instance, I used to get excited that I have nearly 10,000 blog followers.

Until today when I realized my son also has a blog.

He’s twelve.

His blog is on Mario Kart Wii U.

He just started it yesterday.

His entire blog profile?

Hi!!! My name is C. Do you like pie? Good day.

He already has over 500 followers.

So I looked over the past year’s stats for my blog this morning (because I admit I do love numbers) and noticed a few things. When I write about blogging, I get the most views. My post Is Blogging Dead? got close to 1,500 hits. Yet oddly enough, posts like “Yes, but how high does a flea jump while farting?” get only one view. Crazy.

As for countries, I had over 26,000 hits from the US, but only one hit from someone in Madagascar. What gives? It’s a mad mad world.

Thank you all for hanging out and reading my blog, I do appreciate it. Happy New Year!

Oh — and do you like pie?


The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 37,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 14 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

96 thoughts on “Blog Review 2014

  1. Pretty clever way to get more hits for “how high does a flea jump when farting”, Darla. I’m on my way over there now (I never said I wasn’t easy).

  2. I’ve been able to resist reading my abysmal stats summary so far, but I’m bound to eventually. It never ceases to amaze me when I write something brilliant and it gets no hits and then put up something so-so and it blows up. No accounting for taste I suppose.
    Happy New Year, from somewhere other than Madagascar.

    1. That always blows my mind too. The posts I edit and re-edit a 100 times to get just right, no one reads. But the stuff I jotted down on a cocktail napkin with my lipstick? That’s the stuff people like.
      Happy New Year to you too Dave!

        1. blechhhhhhhhh. Not that I mean to diss anyone else’s pie choice.

          I think one thing we have learned during this difficult year is that it takes all kinds of pie lovers, working together in peace and harmony, to build a broad coalition of all kinds of pie lovers who are working together to build peace and harmony. And when we have built that bridge of pie tolerance (glory, glory, halleluiah), when apple and cherry can sit side by side (glory, glory, HALLeluiah) in peace and harmony at the great, all-you-can-eat pie buffet of life, then we will have truly achieved peace and harmony in our lifetime. (this truth is marching on!)

  3. Just saw the email and have not cracked it open. I am not about to demean myself by worshiping at the trivial, meaningless god of WordPress stats.

    At least not until New Year’s eve when I have sufficient alcohol around me to numb the pain.

    Happy New Darlinkidinkidoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo! (that’s what I’m planning to shout at the top of my lungs at midnight when I rush into Times Square and kiss strange sailors in Katy’s nurse outfit.)

    1. bwa ha ha!!! Oh Peggles, you always make me spit out my tea. Enjoy the strange sailors for me, as I’m afraid by midnight I’ll be comatose on the couch in my bathrobe and slippers (god willing) Not a big fan of Ryan Putzcrest. Happy Happy New Year to you! 2015 has GOT to be better than 2014 right? isn’t that how the calendar works??

  4. Before I can properly form a comment for this delightful post, apparently I need to develop a liking for pie. And purchase a uniform of some sort.

    Could I go with a unicorn outfit? That big horn would come in useful for butting into conversations.

    Happy New Year and have a splendiferous 2015!

  5. Congrats on a great year, Darla. I think your numbers are great. It’s funny about your son. My son put up a blog and his bio was similar in that it was two sentences. His whole blog took him less than 5 min to put up. I think it’s true that people who don’t give a shit or appear to not give a shit, do really well. WordPress thinks I should write about blogging and boobs. 🙂

  6. Hey, I didn’t know you actually posted your stats and we could peek at them. I’m your top commenter – me, I am #1! I am #1! (holds big, foam finger in the air, jumps up and down while simultaneously screaming and vomiting peppermint schnapps.)

  7. I do like pie! It’s crazy how one post can get so many hits and another can get 1 🙂 it’s the same author with the same heart writing. Thanks for the encouragement. Ive been blogging less than 6 months. You’ve had a wonderful year

  8. Your son is onto to something, Darla–pie solves most problems. Much like wine.
    As for the WP annual report, I think I accidentally deleted mine. I hardly posted this year. In fact, the other day I forgot my WP login password.
    Wishing you and your family a Happy New Year!! My goal for the evening is not to fall asleep before midnight.

  9. I LOVE Pie. And I’m pretty sure I was the one who read that post about flea farts. And because I love you, I am going to share this video with you. Perhaps your son can post it too. But not near my pie.

  10. Wowza! Those are some serious numbers. And I was doing the smarty-pants dance when I saw my 3,200 hits for the year. Oh well. Glad you’re still here. I was thought you were about to bail WP from that other post.

    Do you know what I did this weekend? Researched themes and blog names for my 13-year-old; it’s been awhile coming. I told him I would help him start a blog if he would promise to stay off Facecrack. It’s on now.

      1. Well of course! It will most likely appeal to your son (all things gaming and middle school boy), but probably not to middle-aged moms. Glad you didn’t quit. You are quite the pro at blogging! Here’s to an equally astounding 2015.

        PS – your Franco post might be the next FP. It is seriously funny!

  11. Yes, I like pie. French Silk Pie. I used to buy one slice from a restaurant in Chicago. Just one slice – it was heaven and just enough.
    The comments on this post are hysterical! Almost spewed coffee.
    I’m not surprised that Pegoleg is your #1 fan. Did you ever see the movie Misery? Hmmm????
    Your son’s blog will, of course, provide you with more writing fodder. Funny how life keeps giving you all this great material!
    Here’s to a New Year – I’m ready. Have a great one, Darladoolittle.

    1. OH MAN! YES! French silk pie! I would love to visit Chicago one day to try all the fabulous food. (and meet my two fave WordPress peeps)

      And as for Peg, yeah. I totally get the Misery “Mr. Man” vibe from her too. Remind me to never drive by myself on a snowy mountain road to my cabin near Chicago.

  12. Stumbled onto your blog via my wordpress reader suggestions. I laughed when I read the part that your son has 500 readers when his blog has been online just over 24 hours. I ask myself that a lot lately. How some blogs get more readers than others and you look at them and mutter “I don’t get it!”
    ohhh and I LOVE pie. Banana Cream. Chocolate Cream. Pumpkin, Lemon Meringue, Coconut Cream, Dutch Apple…..

  13. All these comments about pie and not a single adolescent sexual innuendo joke. How very disappointing! Happy New Year!!! BTW I’ve reopened BRC if you’ll have me back… so there’s that. 🙂 Hope all is well! Here’s to 2015!

  14. Late to the party, but happy to be here! Ah, blog stats… it is a mad, mad world. Perhaps you should travel to Madagascar and then do some blogging from there. I bet it would increase your African page views exponentially. Just one idea.

    Happy 2015!

  15. OK. You are on notice: I am following you. Don’t look back. Well, I mean. Forget it. I wouldn’t have my blogging rights if I wasn’t looking back. Take a look and see what you have been missing for the last year. Consult my Year in Review. Nothing from Madagascar, but something from Turkey…. Regards.

  16. I am jealous of your son! My blog only has 63 followers after 5 months. But I guess books aren’t everyone’s thing (though they really should be). I think you mixture of topics keeps your blog interesting- and interesting is all that matters!

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