Well, folks, I broke 100,000 views in 2016, something I never dreamed of when I started this blog at the tail end of 2009. This little blog got 108,999 total views in 2016. In 2015, I got 51,449, so views more than doubled last year.
It started in January. Total views jumped to over 10,000 per month. The main driver seems to have been a single post, How to drink water with lemon and preserve your tooth enamel. That post got 52,433 views in 2016, and only 10,715 in 2015. First published in January 2014, it only got 209 views that entire year.
I’m guessing that starting in January 2015, people were drinking lemon water, felt something different going on in their mouths, and they got concerned, Googled, and found my post. I wish I knew more about why that post went viral. Did WordPress feature it? Did it get reblogged elsewhere? Who linked to it? It’s a mystery to me.
So 2016 turned out to be the year of preserving tooth enamel. In response to the interest, and after a visit to my dentist, I wrote another post, Rebuilding tooth enamel after drinking water with lemon, in June 2016 that got 2,148 views last year. That was the only top post I actually wrote in 2016.
There was also a lot of interest in the posts Recovering from a virus, recovering from adrenal exhaustion, My experience with brainwave optimization, and Healing bruised, strained toes, which round out the top 5 posts for 2016.
I love seeing where readers are from. It looks like every single country in the Western Hemisphere except Greenland viewed my blog last year.
In Europe, all but the Svalbard Islands north of Scandinavia viewed at least one post.
In Asia, all but Kyrgyzstan (between China and Kazakhstan) and Turkmenistan (between Iran and Uzbekistan) viewed this blog. Isn’t that amazing?
In Africa, all but 14 countries (mostly small, isolated, or war-torn) had viewers. This is even more amazing because I don’t think English is widely spoken in much of Africa (but I could be wrong), although 1,436 views came from South Africa.
Other nations with over 1,000 views were the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, India, Singapore, New Zealand, and Ireland, places where English is either the main language or widely spoken. The Philippines, Malaysia, Germany, and the Netherlands all had over 500 views. Expats? Multi-lingual people? People who drink lemon water?
The map isn’t detailed enough to discern viewership in the small island nations, but many of them are represented.
Over 75,000 viewers found my blog through a Google search, which dominates all the search engines. Over 3,600 views came through Facebook.
Nearly 2,000 people clicked links in my posts that took them to products on Amazon.com. The most popular item that people looked at was the book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price. First published in 1939, it has not always been in print. It’s a source document for the whole Paleo ancestral eating movement.
You can see the concern about lemon, water, and teeth in the search terms that brought people to my blog.
Finally, the biggest news of 2016 about my blog is that I finally paid WordPress not to run any ads! I don’t know about you, but with the advent of AdBlock Plus, I am liking how it looks to use the web without the annoying distractions of advertisements for stuff I don’t want. If I want to buy something, I can find it without ads. When I link to products on Amazon.com, you have a choice whether to click the link and investigate. It’s an option that’s not in your face, not cluttering the page.
No more unwanted ads for McDonald’s! I hope it’s giving you a better experience too.
Thank you for viewing my blog, reading my posts, clicking links if you choose, making comments, and the human connection.
May we all be more awake and actively creating the world we want to live in during 2017.