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I keep a close eye on my blog statistics throughout the year. It’s useful to know how many visitors/page views each blog entry gets, and to see which type of posts work better than others. 
Overall, I’m very happy with the way things went in my second year as a blogger. 

A Year in Blogging: 2010
The Friday links list (last month’s ‘Best of 2010’ in particular) got consistently high visitor numbers, as did posts about blogging and the various Puddle Awards . Guest posts by other writers went down well too, though interviews proved less popular. I also noticed less traffic when I linked to a guest post/column/interview I’d done for another venue, 
Here are my most viewed posts from 2010. 
Is your ‘but’ too big?
This became a guest post on Nathan Bransford’s blog later that same month.
Who’s your favorite villain?
Fan or friend? How do you prefer to be treated by other bloggers?
Pirate books (and I’m not talking about Treasure Island)
Mix and Mingle week
Blogging Tactics: To ‘friend’ or not to ‘friend’…
10 things my old gran taught me about writing
What throws you out of a story?
A 12-Step health check for blogs
Blogging Tactics: 10 things to put on your ‘Don’t do this’ list
When can you start saying ‘I’m a writer?’
2010 Meager Puddle of Limelight Award for Best Opening Line: Final Round   

How about you?

What were your blog’s most popular posts in 2010? 


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Jan. 5th, 2011 01:14 pm (UTC)
I couldn't say for sure, but from memory my most popular posts (and the ones that have generated the most on-going attention) have been about the film The Human Centipede...


People are now going out of their way to bring THC-related news to my attention, despite the fact that I didn't like the film, lol.
Jan. 5th, 2011 01:49 pm (UTC)
Lol, that'll teach you :)
Jan. 5th, 2011 01:27 pm (UTC)
I have no real data, but I suspect my most popular post was the one about my book launch party, featuring the Periodic Table of Cupcakes.


Not only did I get a slew of comments (for me at least), but it was picked up by Chemical and Engineering News (http://cenblog.org/newscripts/2010/04/a-chemistry-themed-book-launch/), and by eHow, as an example of how to do a book launch (http://www.ehow.com/about_6598132_book-launch_.html).
Jan. 5th, 2011 01:51 pm (UTC)
Cupcakes and chocolate always go down well with readers :)
Jan. 5th, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC)
I seem to remember writing a post for the Apex blog which broke all the Apex records and got more hits than the combined readership of the big three genre mags... I wish I could recall what it was about.
Jan. 5th, 2011 02:57 pm (UTC)
I don't know anything about THAT one, but I do see one about whether or not epic fantasy is still epic at 75 comments, pretty close to the 84 THAT one got...oh...I suppose I DO know something about THAT one...maybe...

Jan. 5th, 2011 03:08 pm (UTC)
LOL, 75 comments is pretty good. I wonder where that other one would have gone if the comments hadn't been cut off. It might have broken every record on the net, especially if the unfortunate excess of emotionality in the comments had actually managed to make me lose my temper and cause me to say interesting things!
Jan. 5th, 2011 03:11 pm (UTC)
I'll have to take your word for it, because I don't know nothin' 'bout emotional comments and losing tempers and such. Nope, not a thing.
Jan. 5th, 2011 03:14 pm (UTC)

I would post a link, but this is Jon's blog, and I don't want to use his space to link to a fight he has nothing to do with - that wouldn't be respectful. Those who know, know. The rest (silent majority) can google it if they wish.
Jan. 5th, 2011 03:31 pm (UTC)
Well, JEEZ, Jon! Thanks for luring me into half an hour of ruminating over old blog posts! :-P

Most comments were on 3/13--the day I announced HRB accepted Finder. 130 comments, though half of those were mine saying thanks! The second highest was on 11/12--release day for Finder. 95 comments. Third highest was 9/2, when I got my copy of Finder--85 comments.

But I think you'll find my FOURTH highest very interesting, sir--a guest post by a certain JON GIBBS on 6/17. 80 comments!

This is the one I consider my most successful, because it wasn't congratulating me on some accomplishment, but discussion generated by what I actually posted: http://bogwitch64.livejournal.com/204749.html
Jan. 5th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
I remember that kick-bottom entry about a bottom kicking. A very good post indeed :)
Jan. 5th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC)
I'm going to have to comment on a few of those old posts (from before I found you on lj) - and you've got no one to blame but yourself for pointing them out to me! ;)
Jan. 5th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
Lol, you did as well :)
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Jan. 5th, 2011 09:54 pm (UTC)
Amusing pictures of Gustavo might have garnered even more ;)
Jan. 6th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
Hmmm? I did a perfunctory scroll of my stats...I couldn't really tell. I think I'm just tired. I do recall one day looking at my stats and seeing one of my psychology oriented posts getting losts of views, but not a lot of comments. I can't recall which one it was. I know, I know. I should probably keep up with such things. :)
Jan. 6th, 2011 03:34 pm (UTC)
Lol, it's not compulsory :P
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