It’s December, so we can look at the final numbers for the blog for November. I SAID I KNOW YOU DON’T CARE.
We had 5,937 views with 3,835 visitors for the month.
Not bad, but that’s not why I’m mentioning it.
For the year so far, we are poised at 55,298 views, with 32,256 visitors.
I know you hate bar charts. This is the last one, promise.
This is a huge increase over last year, and even if you factor out the one blog post that went crazy viral, it’s still nice increase over 2016.
Again, that’s not really why I want to draw your attention to this.
We are within striking distance of 60,000 views for the 12 month period ending December 31, 2017. This blog has really gone crazy this year and I want to thank you for that.
Odds are, with the contest results being posted in a few weeks, we will get thousands of views and go over the 60,000 mark before the end of the year, but even if we don’t, it’s still pretty amazing what happened.
I just wanted to be a little excited and share that with you.
Now, if you really wanna know, the main effort of growing the blog took place at the end of 2014/beginning of 2015. You can see that from the numbers in the bar chart you didn’t wanna look at. How did I grow my blog “so quickly” after it not doing much for so long? I followed other blogs, commented on them, and some of them followed me back. After doing that for a while – and it wasn’t really that long, but I made a lot of friends along the way. Want good followers? Be a good follower. Simple as that. Find common interests and interact. Want volume quickly? Do it a LOT. Soon after employing that “growth” effort, we were on a roll here, growing steadily each month under our own power without doing so much new reaching out. Good content, a fun attitude, and replying to comments did most of the growth from there, and adding contests did a big increase after that. ONE blog post went viral (or small scale viral, I guess) and that added a lot to the numbers, but so what? The numbers were good before that, too.