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:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 33,000 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 55 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 221 posts. There were 107 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 37mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was January 6th with 282 views. The most popular post that day was Knowing: People Stuck in a Plot (a movie review).
Where did they come from?
The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, urbanyukon.com, en.wordpress.com, voyagerangel.com, and google.com.
Some visitors came searching, mostly for new star trek series, star trek, startrek, star trek new series, and realms of fantasy submissions.
Attractions in 2010
These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.
Knowing: People Stuck in a Plot (a movie review) March 2009
Palin Eyes Role in New Star Trek Series January 2010
Dream Jobs and Just Doing It: Star Trek Series August 2008
Writing Advice from J.K. Rowling February 2009
Realms of Fantasy re-opened and ready for your submissions October 2009
Okay, by fluke, it seems, a website called Alpha Inventions started showing my blog in a series of rotating blogs. It increased my traffic in seconds–with one caveat–it did not increase any clicks on any pages.
Here’s what happens: the carousel of blogs go round. They are random. Often they are from people who have come there seeking info about how their blog got on the carousel. You can pause a blog and read it.
If you go there, you’re in control. PAUSE something and read it. Go browse on pages you find interesting. I found a few blogs myself that are pretty nifty.
Some things that do cause a little concern on the site: I just started noticing advertising on the page, and that the blogs which had been shown at 30 second intervals are now at 2 second intervals. Not a lot of time to see anything of interest, or even for the pictures on blogs to download all the way. Kind of defeats the purpose.
My assumption, and I can be wrong, but it seems that Alpha Inventions, then, is just using your blog to get people to stay on the site to read the advertising. From about twenty minutes on the site, where the blogs rotated fast, it seemed the Mormons were a top benefactor. It’s unfortunate that Alpha Inventions will not show you what information they have gathered about you, so I couldn’t find where on the blog that my post was listed or how people were coming here. Since they no longer show blogs for more than 2 seconds, its not a great way to browse blogs— Are they simply another commercial-producing site that uses my blog to hawk other people’s wares? Maybe. Those who subscribe get multiple showings. But with two seconds, what are you getting? What you paid for?
And since I didn’t give anything to Alpha Inventions, is it just this entry that attracts the roving blog-grabber? I don’t know. But it seems that it capitalizes on a blogger’s desire to be seen, and so he/she puts their blog into the queue. But it’s random, doesn’t last long in the queue, and you have no way of seeing how your blog got nabbed in the first place to get the attention.
For something I don’t know much about–and which uses my blog to advertise other stuff–I’m a bit wary.