ILMK’s WordPress stats for 2015
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 460,000 times in 2015. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 20 days for that many people to see it.
That’s what WordPress prepared. 🙂 I want to call attention to a few things myself.
First, I thank each and every one of you who read this blog! I’d do it individually, but it might take a while. 😉
The more people who read it, the more people I help, and that’s really the thing in the world that makes me feel the best.
I also specifically thank the subscribers through the Kindle store!
While feelings are important, I also need to be able to justify to myself the time and energy I spend on the blog…and the subscribers are a very big part of that.
I also want to thank everybody who commented!
I always want to improve myself, and intelligent, empathetic, and respectful disagreements are one of the things which can most contribute to personal growth. I’ve learned a lot…both about the world and myself.
These were my top five commenters, according to the report:
- Lady Galaxy
- Edward Boyhan
- Tom Semple
- Harold Delk
Their criterion is just the number of comments, but I consider them extraordinary in several dimensions. 🙂
The stat that blows my mind every year is the cosmopolitan nature of the blog…readers in 217 countries this year!
The United Nations has 193 member states. 🙂
Here are those countries:
|Hong Kong SAR China||1603|
|United Arab Emirates||750|
|Trinidad & Tobago||339|
|Isle of Man||88|
|Bosnia & Herzegovina||75|
|Antigua & Barbuda||41|
|Macau SAR China||40|
|U.S. Virgin Islands||32|
|St. Kitts & Nevis||23|
|Turks & Caicos Islands||19|
|St. Vincent & Grenadines||16|
|British Virgin Islands||15|
|Papua New Guinea||9|
|Northern Mariana Islands||8|
|Congo – Kinshasa||3|
|Congo – Brazzaville||2|
I’m always impressed with the number of views in countries which don’t have the legal sale of Kindles and Kindle content. I wonder how much of it is from people who are traveling there, and how much of it is from people who live there who are just interested in the topic. I assume some people find it by mistake 🙂 but there are hundreds of views in some “Kindle free zones”. Honestly, of course, some people may also have the devices or content outside of their government’s policies.
The five most popular posts have a lot of overlap with last year, which doesn’t surprise me much. You can see last year’s here:
Some posts are of more lasting interest than others, because of the nature of the topic (people will, unfortunately, probably always lose or have stolen their devices).
The top five most viewed ILMK posts for 2015 were:
- The reading experience: Paperwhite vs. Kindle Fire HDX (from 2014) (#2 last year)
- Which Kindle do you have? (from 2011) (not in the top 5 last year)
- Got a new Kindle? Here’s the most important thing to know (from 2011) (#1 last year)
- You can now reset your Kindle password yourself (from 2011) (#3 last year)
- What to do if your Kindle is lost or stolen (from 2009) (not in the top 5 last year)
The “Reading Experience” post is impressive: clearly, that’s an important question for people still.
I’ll also say, it wouldn’t bother me at all if Amazon took note of these stats, and looked at revising their own Help Pages on the topics…
Finally, I want to note that the number of views was up by about 30,000…we can call that about an increase of about 14%! That’s not bad for a six-year old blog. 😉 Looking at the posts, I do see I made fewer of them this year…I didn’t average quite a post a day (I had 335). It’s been a busy year for a lot of reasons, but I’ll try to step it up again in 2016 (although some of you may feel you get quite enough the way it is) 😉 . I should hit my 3,000 post for the lifetime of the blog in January.
Once again, thanks to all of you for a wonderful 2015, and I’m looking forward to continuing the ILMK journey with you in 2016!
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