2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 34,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 78 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 415 posts. There were 42 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 3mb. That’s about 4 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was September 20th with 507 views. The most popular post that day was Yom Kipur at Hadar: Part III–Annotating one’s siddur as a spiritual practice and why I had to wear a kipah.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, jewschool.com, blogs.rj.org, Google Reader, and reddit.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for mi shebeirach, reform shuckle, how to wash tzitzit, shuckle, and koren siddur.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Yom Kipur at Hadar: Part III–Annotating one’s siddur as a spiritual practice and why I had to wear a kipah September 2010
19 comments

2

A Condensed Resume October 2007
6 comments

3

You say Shabbat. I say Shabbos. Let’s call the whole thing off. April 2010
48 comments

4

New Koren, future Korens November 2010
39 comments

5

Mi Shebeirach. WTF? December 2007
29 comments

5 Responses to 2010 in review

  1. Larry Kaufman January 4, 2011 at 5:29 pm #

    We’ve just been looking at the stats for the RJ blog, which I’ve seen only in terms of page views — and it’s been my thought that we should be looking at number of comments engendered as well. So I’m interested to see that you’ve presented those numbers in tandem.

    Interesting that two 2007 posts were in the Top Five for 2010. Isn’t it nice to know that you are writing for the ages?

    • David A.M. Wilensky January 5, 2011 at 11:51 am #

      So I’m interested to see that you’ve presented those numbers in tandem.

      I haven’t presented anything. On New Year’s Day, WordPress presented me with this summary and then asked if I wanted to have it posted to my blog, so I hit POST and here we are.

      BTW, if RJ.org isn’t using Google Analytics or a similarly detailed stats service, that’s something to look into.

      Isn’t it nice to know that you are writing for the ages?
      It is! There’s a kind of feedback loop on this. The more people read that Mi Shebeirach post and comment on it, the higher it moves in Google search results, which causes more people to read and comment it and….

      BTW, if you search Google for “mi shebeirach debbie friedman,” that post is the seventh result.

    • David A.M. Wilensky January 5, 2011 at 11:54 am #

      And as an aside, I care a lot more about how many comments a post gets than I do about how many times it’s viewed.

      • Larry Kaufman January 5, 2011 at 3:53 pm #

        Me too. But I haven’t been able to predict on reading a post whether it’s going to get the world talking or whether it’s going to die on the vine. (If it dies on the vine, then we have to wonder whether to say kaddish or kiddush.)

        • David A.M. Wilensky January 5, 2011 at 6:31 pm #

          I have the same problem. Although, I’ve found that the more technical and liturgically oriented a post is here at The Shuckle, the more comments it usually gets.