2015 blog review

I’m curiously sorting through my blog stats, now that 2015 is nearing its end. Before I get into the data, I want to acknowledge that I haven’t posted as often this year as in the past. (This is number 43 for the year.) Part of that is that I have less time to write. If you’re not familiar with my story, I quit my last job as an employee in 2010, went to massage school in 2011, and have been working, learning, and building my private practice since then. Business has grown sweetly this year.

Another reason I’ve posted less is that because of my work, I pay more attention to the non-verbal realm of life, to the haptic experience, to yours and my felt sense of being and how it changes. It’s difficult to write about. Not impossible, though, and I hope to do more of it in 2016.

On to the stats! My blog received a record number of views in 2015. The most popular posts were published before 2015. I’ve gotten 49,166 views as of today, December 20, so there’s still time to reach 50,000 this year! All-time views since the blog started in late 2009 have reached 177,513.

By far the most popular post this year has been How to drink water with lemon and preserve your tooth enamel, with 9,530 views since it was published in January 2014. It suddenly “took off” in April 2015, as shown below.

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I wish I knew how it went so viral, but I have no clue except to guess that since my tooth enamel eroded from drinking water with lemon, it happened to others as well, and they also went online to seek information and found this post. I hope this has helped them understand the chemistry involved and take preventive and restorative measures. Having sensitive teeth is not pleasant.

If you know how it went so viral, please let me know. I’m not sure how to tell if a popular website(s) picked it up.

An aside: I don’t use WordAds (although WordPress shows an ad of their choice to viewers.) I would have to pay extra to be completely ad-free, which I haven’t so far, so I didn’t make money off it going viral. I see a lot of crap on the internet where that seems to be the intent.

“water lemon tooth enamel” was not the most popular search term that led viewers to my blog. That would be “starfish story making a difference.” Over 400 people found my post using that term. That post (The starfish story: making a difference) went up in April 2012 and has gotten nearly 2,000 views in 2015. It’s a lovely story, and I’m glad to share.

Over 33,000 views came through search engines, with Google (of course) being by far the most popular. I love me some Google myself.

My favorite part of WordPress blog stats is seeing the countries that viewers come from. It always impresses me how global the internet is and how widespread the English language has become.

This blog got viewers from most countries in the world, except for a few in Africa and the Caucasus region and some tiny ones. The US was home to by far the most viewers, with roughly 20% coming from the UK and Canada. Someone in South Sudan looked at this blog! Five people in Fiji! Hi to 28 people in Iceland! Hello out there!

(Note that of the 49,000+ views, there were 36,000+ unique visitors, and of those, only 31,000+ were tied to an indicator of nationality.)

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