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A year in blogging (sort of)

Knowing how many visitors you get, and which page they enter your blog through, is a great way to keep track of your journal’s readership. It’s also useful to know which posts are more popular than others – something you can’t always tell from the number of comments – so that you can plan your posts accordingly.   I use Sitemeter to tell me this information. 
I went through my records to pick out the journal entries which received the most number of direct visitors in each month of 2009.  Here they are in reverse month order:   
The Meager Puddle of Light Awards: Best Opening Line – And the nominations are…
Posted on December 2nd 2009, the final vote to select the Puddle winner for Best Opening Line was the second highest ranked page on my journal this year. 
What would lower your opinion of a fellow blogger?
Posted on November 18th, as part of my research for The Fine Art of Self-Promotion series, this poll was my most visited page of 2009. 
Guest blog by writer and two-time Puddle winner, Barbara A. Barnett
Posted on October 29th, babarnett ’s guest post ‘How Being a Theater Geek Has Improved My Writing’ was a big hit. 
Why writers should leave Dan Brown alone 
I don’t often vent online, but the spiteful mockery of Dan Brown got me upset enough to post this on September 26th. Maybe I should get cranky more often. 
“You keep on using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” 
Posted on August 19th, this was the first time my comment count hit the 100 mark 
The Critiquee’s Charter 
Inspired by an entry on amy34 ’s journal, this July 22nd post, advising people on how to behave while listening to a critique, is one of my personal favorites of the year.  
Ask not what your writing group can do for you…   
On June 25th, after reading about j_cheney ’s bad experience at an RWA meeting, I posted this tip list for people in writing groups. It also marks one of my old gran’s first appearances here on my journal. 
Ten important truths every writer should know. 
I was worried I might come off as big-headed when I posted this list on May 28th, hence the disclaimer at the bottom of the post.
I only started using Sitemeter in May, so I have no way of telling which posts got the most direct visits in the first four months of the year, but if you’re interested, here’s a link to my first ever entry (on January 11), Welcome to the journal - it gets worse here everyday (so do the puns).   It’s notable only for the fact that my friend from the Garden State Horror Writers, dqg_neal, took the time to add my very first comment on LJ – for which I’m extremely grateful. 
How about you?
What were your most visited blog posts of 2009? 

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Dec. 29th, 2009 02:53 pm (UTC)
I love that your gran posted ;o)
Dec. 29th, 2009 03:19 pm (UTC)
Well, it was more of a phostumous channelling really :)
Dec. 29th, 2009 03:20 pm (UTC)
Dec. 29th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
When she starts typing her own posts, I'll be in real trouble ;)

In fact, maybe I should hide that ouija board :)
(no subject) - j_cheney - Dec. 29th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC) - Expand
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Dec. 29th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
First off, I'm honored to be your friend and read your blog.

Second, and far more important, if you click on your LJ 'Home' page then hold the mouse over the 'Journal' tab and select 'My Stats' from the drop down menu, I think you'll find you have a lot more readers than you think :)
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Dec. 29th, 2009 05:16 pm (UTC)
It was a great post, I hope you got some new readers as a result. Gustavo's was popular too, which just goes to show that guest posts are a good idea :)
Dec. 29th, 2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
I get most of my hits on my craft posts, which makes me uncomfortable and nervous. lol It's not that I don't want more readers, but still... I worry.

Yes, I'm a confused girl most of the time. ;-)
Dec. 29th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
I think it's good to post about non-writing stuff. After all, it's important that non-writers know about you too, don't you think? :)
Dec. 29th, 2009 05:25 pm (UTC)
Yep, I agree, it's very important to blog about non-writing stuff. I've read so many things over the years on what to blog about and what not to blog about. I sorta use my blog as a free for all. Whatever I feel like writing about that day I do. I know I could concentrate and try harder with it, but my books seem to take up most of my energy when it comes to that.
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Dec. 29th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
Lol, I hope not :)
Dec. 30th, 2009 01:48 am (UTC)
These were great. I felt like I got to step inside your brain. I got to take a look around at the happenings before LJ was even a whisper in my brain. It is pretty interesting up there. I felt sad I missed some of the post. I totally would have hopped in on the conversation.

Oh and the discovery of the My Stats button has totally freaked me out. I thought you, Terri, my friend Mandy, and me were the only one's reading it. Ignorance is bliss.
Dec. 30th, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
'Oh and the discovery of the My Stats button has totally freaked me out.'

Lol, so let's have no more of those bawdy limericks, right? ;)
Dec. 30th, 2009 01:03 pm (UTC)
No, I'll still do the limericks. . . . I have to. That's when I get the most hits. ;)

Dec. 30th, 2009 01:54 pm (UTC)
Maybe I'll put some music to them for you :)
(no subject) - tracy_d74 - Dec. 30th, 2009 11:37 pm (UTC) - Expand
Dec. 30th, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
Boy, I have no idea what's my most visited blog post of 2009. My first quip was that it'd have to be one where more than two people showed up to comment, but I think there were actually a couple where maybe 4-5 people did express an opinion.

There are times when I'm curious about who's reading my blog, but I think I'd actually have to pay to get access to that. I don't know if I'm that curious...
Dec. 30th, 2009 03:53 am (UTC)

I take that back, I can get to My Stats.

Now I'm curious about what invisible readers have been checking it out. Okay, I know you're one, Jon, because you comment yet don't show up on the list.
Dec. 30th, 2009 11:15 am (UTC)
I don't get a list, just a graph.

I prefer Sitemeter because it gives me info on entry pages/exit pages which is much more useful from a planning pov.
Dec. 30th, 2009 04:29 am (UTC)
Thanks for these. It was good to go read your posts that were made before I "met" you.
Dec. 30th, 2009 11:17 am (UTC)
Thanks for taking the time to look at them :)

In a weird way, it was kind of fun rereading them myself. A bit like when you go back through and read stories that you'd forgotten you wrote, if that makes sense.
Dec. 30th, 2009 05:12 am (UTC)
I don't keep the stats long enough to say for the whole year, but in general I tend to get more traffic when I tweet about the post (which I only do if I feel it's of general interest, not if it's about my cat or anything like that), and in particular if other folks retweet my notice. I also notice that a good percentage of my traffic is not direct hits but people who are looking at my friends' "Friends" pages.

On my website, I have noticed a definite trend to get folks who are looking for specific images, which is something I would never have thought of.

Dec. 30th, 2009 11:20 am (UTC)
I don't think I can tell which page people come from (that would be most useful though).

Which stat-counter do you use?

I wonder how many hits we'd get if we called a post or story "Naked [insert name of celebrities here] pics scandal" ;)
Dec. 30th, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
Do the counter numbers go that high? People are suckers celebrities (hot ones) and if they're naked . . .
Dec. 30th, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
Lol, we'd get the numbers, but probably a lot of hate mail too :)
Dec. 30th, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC)
If the pictures are really steamy, few if any will hate you. And those that do can only send hate mail for so long. Those that love it, will probably try to have a shrine built for you.
Dec. 31st, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
I use a stat counter called (heh-heh) StatCounter. (http://my6.statcounter.com/)

And I'm sure you would get more hits but I don't know if they would be the kind of readers you were hoping to attract. -)

Edited at 2009-12-31 01:02 am (UTC)
Dec. 30th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Okay, the livejournal stats thing is cool--I didn't know it could do that.

And yeah, more people *are* reading than I thought! And I can tell it's picking up since I started doing the Aswiebe's Market List* (for science fiction, fantasy, and horror) thing. Cool.

* Never miss an opportunity to shill. I figured you wouldn't mind. :)
Dec. 30th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
Not at all. I've promoted Aswiebe's my own self :)
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