Happy New Year! Every year on New Year’s Day I like to look back and at the previous year and list my most popular blog posts and show some web stats. I also list the most active commenters as a way of saying ‘thanks’.
So, what were the popular themes from 2013?
Well, the big topics this year were revealing my partner’s real name, being visited by TVNZ, and launching my book. That just goes to show what a crazy, fantastic year it’s been. It’s been a real roller coaster. Who wudda thunk?
2013 web statistics
WordPress.com, my blogging software, tells me this about my web traffic in 2013:
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 71,000 times in 2013. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 3 days for that many people to see it.
In 2013, there were 10 new posts, and the busiest day of the year was July 9th with 4,634 views. The most popular page that day was About.
Incidentally, that big day on 9 July was due to WordPress.com interviewing me on their main blog here:
Top 3 posts published in 2013
- Will the real ‘Rick’ please stand up? – 26 March – 1,518 views
- TVNZ’s Breakfast visits the Moon – 7 July – 1,344 views
- Book launch media roundup – 23 June – 1,065 views
I should add that the most popular post of all remains my carrot cake recipe published in 2011. It got 10,253 views in 2013, which shows that recipe has staying power. Most of that traffic comes from Pinterest.
Top 5 commenters from 2013
Big thanks to all the fabulous commenters. I love comments.
And thank you very much to everyone who joined me on this crazy blog-to-book-to-bestseller journey this year. Your emails, Facebook messages, and letters have been incredibly kind. Here’s wishing you a great 2014 full of good health, love, and happiness.
Looking ahead to 2014, I plan to write heaps (mostly fiction) and just see what it brings me. I’m working on two fiction projects right now, and I’m having a lot of fun with both.
Where are you going to put your efforts in 2014, and what do you hope to accomplish?