The Little Blog That Could: Statistics from January – July 2018

This post is about the statistics of my blog, mostly over the last half a year.  Ironically, screen shots paint a better picture without too many words.  It comes as promised before my little rant about the U.S not living up to its ideals as a government or nation regarding its horrible, immoral immigration policy of separating children from their parents at the Texas border.   Agree or disagree, but I believe I’m on the right side of the law, history and human decency on this one.

While some may appreciate my view and others may not, fortunately we do still mostly have freedom of speech in the U.S.  And this blog is primarily an attempt to document my bicycle journey and to inspire others to do the same.  It’s also an experiment in writing that I started January of 2016 but have not worked on intensively until 2018.  That said, let me show you a look under the hood of (aka!

Numbers Don’t Lie (Or Tell the Whole Truth, Either)

070628 Blog 2018 Stats
I’ve written more than enough for a novel! Way more than planned.
070628 Blog Posts, Views and Visitors
Overall my views and visitors are pretty nice, but relatively low compared to other blogs.








070628 Blog Stats
Compared to 2016 and 2017, I’m kicking some major blog ass.  Is that a thing?  It is now.

070628 Blog All Time Views

Views per month and average per day hit a high in February and have been declining steadily.

What Do the Numbers Mean, Though, Dude?

070628 Blog Followers
0 Social followers makes sense, since I don’t do it…. yet.

A few words about these stats.

1.  Followers, you’re awesome, thank you very much for following me!  250 is not alot for some but it is for others, including me.  I began the year at 20 or so, so yeah, it’s a big deal.

2.  I can only surmise that my readership is a small portion of the 250 based on views and likes, but without Google Analytics, it’s hard to know much beyond what these numbers tell us.  Again, thank you for reading.

3.  Numbers of readers are probably going down because I’m not doing the requisite engagement of reading everyone’s blog, commenting, liking, etc.  I do WANT to do this, but I would never get my blog written three days a week (or my book on the other four).  I do take care to thank every new follower if their blog allows me to make a comment and leave a like (some do not).  Sometimes I will like a post without reading, but hey, I’m doing my best.

070628 Blog Country Map
My little blog has reached a pretty good number of countries, if not readers.  Gotta work on Asisa, Africa and of course, Greenland!
070628 Blog Country List
India is #2, and most of the followers I’ve asked do not bicycle.  Nigeria and New Zealand are surprises at #7 and #8.  Other countries also make me curious:  how did they find me?
070628 Top Blog Posts
My profile in the Statesman and the interview with David Walker Part 1 and Part 2 are rightly popular.  But I find it very bizarre that my top post is about the Fairdale, and the recent follow-up is very high, too.  There must be a huge loyal following of that brand, based in Austin. 

In Summation

I suppose what I want to say that I hope to be able to continue the experiment.  As long as I don’t promote it, I will struggle with the question of why I’m writing it.  And I probably won’t ever make any money from it; most blogs even with thousands of followers don’t turn a profit, or much of one.  And how many people even read blogs who aren’t bloggers themselves?  Does the world really need another blog by a mid-aged, overweight, dude without a car?

Yet, when I tell people about it, they think the name is cool.  They want to know the URL and say they’ll look it up.  And I have no doubt some do.  But still, it’s simply a very time-consuming hobby, an indulgence, maybe even a bit egotistical.  One could say that about many blogs and most social media, though.  I like to think of it as telling my story, and hopefully learning and inspiring on the way.  Whether the journey ends tomorrow, in a month or a year, we’ll see where the road takes me.   Thanks for coming along for the ride, ya’ll!  What are your thoughts?  Leave a positive or constructive comment below.

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3 thoughts on “The Little Blog That Could: Statistics from January – July 2018

  1. Dude,

    You’ve got solid numbers. Focus on that which you enjoy about the WP platform and don’t worry so much about all the other stuff. I am so not a networker. I do tend to read many blogs because it’s become a morning or late night habit for me to do. But you gotta do you. Read the blogs you dig and write. You’re doing a great job by the look of things.

    Peace and pedaling

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      1. The running is going very well. I’m averaging 3.5 miles every time out, which I am very happy with. The great thing is that every time I run, I always know I could go way longer, whether I go 2 miles or 5 It’s a good feeling.

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