Someday, These Will Be the Good Old Days

So it’s January. I am not a big fan of January. I have never cared to see a new number on the calendar, and 2011 is especially unappetizing to me. But I am hopeful that 2011 will be better in some ways than 2010 was. And if it isn’t, I hope the Mayans were right about 2012.

The folks at WordPress (where this blog is hosted) were kind enough to send me a summary of the blog’s activity in 2010. It contains some interesting stuff, and since I need a post idea today, let’s saddle up and ride.

WordPress says:

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads “Wow.” The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 84,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 4 days for that many people to see it. In 2010, there were 214 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1,223 posts. There were 54 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 5mb. That’s about 1 picture per week.

The bit about the Louvre is gratifying, although it’s easier to get to this sleepy Internet precinct than it is to get to the Louvre, which accounts for its popularity somewhat. I am guessing that last bit about pictures refers to the many abortive attempts I have made to get the header to look right, because this blog is not big on pictures. We’re verbal.

WordPress goes on to say: “The busiest day of the year was January 21st with 471 views. The most popular post that day was Moonlighting With Ted.” Really? A post about Ted Knight’s 1975 novelty album did more for this blog than any other topic last year? Christ.

Many of the visitors who come here arrive via other websites. The top referring sites in 2010 were the Hype Machine, Popdose, All Music All Blogs, Any Major Dude With Half a Heart, and Facebook. To those sites run by actual human beings making editorial choices that send people here, many thanks.

Other visitors arrive via search engine, and any blogger who’s been at it for a while is fascinated by the variety of search terms that bring people around. The top five that brought people here in 2010 were “jabartlett,” “the hits just keep on coming,” “eighteen with a bullet,” “pilot of the airwaves,” and “I like it in the,” which had to do with that Facebook breast-cancer awareness campaign back in the fall. Down toward the bottom of the list were some favorite search terms of mine such as  “velveeta and peas,” “60s striped pants,” “nun hat,” and “keep kids off lawn.”

These posts and pages got the most views last year: Moonlighting With Ted, Favorite Waste of Time (my links list, which could stand an update), jb on the Radio (my radio schedule, and thank you for caring), The World Series of Rock and Other Blowouts, and One Day in Your Life: November 9, 1979, which was written three years ago and gets repeatedly hit because it mentions an accidental nuclear-war alert, a topic beloved by conspiracy freaks because it totally wasn’t an accident, you know?

So that was 2010 on this blog. If you liked it, I’m grateful. If you didn’t, I’ll try to do better in 2011.

2 responses

  1. I got here by researching WLS’s Holiday Festival of Music show from the 60’s and 70’s. Definitely a life changing experience in which the revelations put forth from the host and contributors have been akin to the clouds parting with the sound of trumpets and tablets being handed down! Mercy, I should have been a politician or a writer for Monty Python! hehe Here’s hoping for continued success of this blog and a wonderful New Year for all those here.

  2. Oh, how gratifying to know that I’m among the top referrers! Well, I do get a fair amount of traffic from you too, you’ll be pleased to know.

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