Thursday, 10 July 2014

A blogger’s progress after two years: July 2012-June 2014. Over 82,000 pageviews from over 133 countries.

In the two years since the start of Rambulation on 23 July 2012  there have been over 82,596 Pageviews on 233 posts, including several guest spots filled by family and friends.

Ironically but pleasingly the most popular post, A Bursar’s Checklist, was written by my late husband Bob for a talk he gave to the North Devon Business Breakfast Club in 2002. Bursars are rather a neglected breed, and don’t seem to have much time for writing about their profession.  I have recently added his article on his early life and National Service in the Royal Tank Regiment in Korea, entitled A one-eyed volunteer, which is equally riveting.

The Dock, Nuremberg by Dame Laura Knight, 1946
Imperial War Museum

Seven out of the top ten posts are on art, with the most pageviews for Dame Laura Knight, whom I wrote about twice after seeing her paintings at the Penlee Gallery in Penzance.  It was interesting to read her autobiography, and research the history of the Nuremberg Trials. 


Pageviews 
     Year 1 
   2012-13 
       Year 2     2013-14
Posts
190
33
July 
403
6744
August
1682
3981
September
1272
4300
October
1094
4281
November
1981
3786
December
1964
3828
January
3093
4625
February
2978
3936
March
2656
4598
April
2409
3803
May
3688
4374
June
3309
6004
Year’sTotal
26126
54260

A plus point for a blogger is the fact that readers continue to click on old posts so statistics keep rising even when a blogger is inactive.  This January, BBC Radio 4 dramatised Knight’s Nuremberg Diary, which  led to a surge in the statistics.  In similar fashion Pageviews shoot up in July whenever Andy Murray plays at Wimbledon, when readers look for articles on Kim Sears' art. July 2013 in the right-hand column showed a record 6744 pageviews, the year of Andy Murray's victory..


Most Pageviews

Chris Billington. Modern British Artist  
Dogs in China. Canine Fashions 

Most pageviews come from the UK and USA, followed surprisingly perhaps by Ukraine and China. Thankyou to readers from over 133 countries.


I have written far less in my second year.  The pace of the first could have been maintained but to the detriment of the rest of my life,  Another reason for the slowdown was that my daughter Dominie gave me a wonderful birthday present of an iPad mini.  It is an absolute joy to get to the camera or the internet in seconds,, but  it takes much longer to write on a tablet, so I have got lazy about cranking up the computer which is away from the armchair and the television..

Plans for Year 3 are afoot for adding  Google's Adsense, so watch this space!