The Top TenS of 2020 // Stats Edition

It’s Monday, December 28th. Four days from the start of a New Year. Four days until I can start writing “2021” in the date line of my checkbook. I just aged myself with that checkbook line, didn’t I? And four days to wrap things up on this blog for 2020.

It’s the time of year I start looking at the analytics for my website far more closely than any other time. What pages and posts were the most popular? Where do my readers come from? Did the content intrigue anybody enough to leave a comment or two?

This year, instead of looking at just what my most popular posts were (like I did for last year’s version of this post) we’ll take a look at the Top Ten Countries, Top Ten Referrers and then the Top Ten Blog Posts and Pages.

Top Ten Countries

This list is always exciting to look at because it changes every year. Because of my geography, and the fact that my only language is English, visitors from the top four countries make the most sense. I am, however, always positively thrilled when someone visits my site from South Korea or Japan. Here are the country lists from 2020 and 2019:

United States ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ
Canada ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ
United Kingdom ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง
Ireland ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช
Philippines ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ
China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ
India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ
Australia ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ
France ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท
Croatia ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ United States
๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง United Kingdom
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Canada
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland
๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Australia
๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ญ Philippines
๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ India
๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany
๐Ÿ‡ฟ๐Ÿ‡ฆ South Africa

As expected, the United States, Canada, the UK and Ireland take the top four spots – thank you all so much! And thank you to everyone kind enough to stop by my little corner of the internet. You’ve made this the best year yet for

Top Ten Referrers

Now that we know what countries you all come from the most, let’s take a look at how you found me. These also varied greatly from 2019 to 2020, and it’s really making me think twice about completely abandoning Twitter; a decision I’d made in this recent blog post. Here are the top ten referrers for 2020 and 2019:

Google Search
WordPress Reader

Google Search
WordPress Reader
Juno webmail

Top Ten Posts & Pages

Here’s the fun part of today’s post – looking at what drew you guys here in the first place! I know this isn’t the most exciting blog post ever, but it just shows what of hard work and a little bit of patience can accomplish. If you’re just starting out in the blog-o-sphere, don’t fret! Give yourself time. Build an audience. Make friends. Learn what works best for your site, and run with it. Here’s what attracted you to in 2020 and 2019:

I think the data speaks for itself: looks like I’m doing the Five Question Interview series once again in 2021!

Do you want to blog but
you’re not sure how to get started?

Throughout 2019, along with a couple posts thereafter, I share my experiences with blogging and figuring out what worked and what didn’t. Here are five blog posts to help you get started in 2021!

  1. Why Now is A Great Time To Start A Blog
  2. Three Blog Ideas That Worked
  3. Three Blog Ideas That Failed
  4. A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Graphics in Seven Easy Steps
  5. How to Maintain a Writer’s Website
  6. Useful Tools and Tags

Think of blogging this way: if I can do it, anybody can do it. Even you! I was incredibly nervous the first few times I put up blog posts, but eventually it became second nature. Now, I can’t stop blogging! Find what works for you and, as mentioned earlier, run with it. Find your niche and what you love to write about it. And one day you’ll have your own top ten lists as well.

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