Some Short Wednesday Thoughts

I recently hit 200 followers on this blog. I would like to say welcome to the new followers and also I’m sorry for the inevitable disappointment you will feel when you read my posts regularly. There are some people I follow who start a blog and 6 months later they have a gazillion followers. I would like to meet all of these bloggers in person so I can punch them in the face.

I drove down to a local shopping center today to get lunch and buy a gallon of milk. Every single 4 way/all way/ 3 way stop was a practice in frustration as people sat and waited because no one knows how it works and so nobody drove. This includes the people who are coming in to the shopping center and are not supposed to stop. It’s really not that hard. Why don’t people know how to do this? I’m not sure what confuses people more a 4 way stop or a traffic circle. It is really annoying.

My library is about to announce who they have hired as our new CEO. I went to a meet and greet with the candidates where I talked to each of them in a group setting for 10 minutes. So, of course, I think I know exactly who they should hire. Why would I trust the people who have interviewed them all twice and have seen their resumes. My gut feeling is obviously better than actual work, right? I am trying to remind myself not to really think this way when they announce the CEO. I’m sure they will make the right choice regardless of who I liked best in a very causal, brief meeting(but I’m sure I’m right).

We upgraded our TV service recently and now I can record u to six shows at a time and twice as much can be saved as before. I know this seems excessive, but for someone like me who gets more excited about the network upfronts than they do the Oscars this is big. I can finally sample all of the random new shows that air without juggling my recording schedule. Maybe I will try writing a few reviews even though I suck at writing reviews.

That’s all for today. Happy Wednesday!

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Another Boring Look at Blog Stats

Stumbled upon this table on my stats page. I can’t believe I started this thing way back in 2008. As you can see, I did not really post regularly until 2016.  I’ve already posted more this year than I did in the entirety of 2010 and 2011. I’m happy to see that my average comments and likes per post are steadily rising. It would be sad to write more and not get more likes and comments. My average words per post this year seems low, but I have done a couple of the photo challenge posts, so that could explain that.
I know I’m the only person who actually cares about all of this, but I like to see numbers that show that I might eventually get better at this.
Also – Less than 200 words in this post. That won’t help that average.
Annual Site Stats
Year Total Posts Total Comments Avg Comments per Post Total Likes Avg Likes per Post Total Words Avg Words per Post
2008 35 23 0.7 2 0.1 7481 213.7
2009 24 21 0.9 0 0 6094 253.9
2010 8 6 0.8 2 0.3 1867 233.4
2011 15 5 0.3 3 0.2 3606 240.4
2012 42 28 0.7 18 0.4 9159 218.1
2013 51 49 1 18 0.4 14370 281.8
2014 56 27 0.5 25 0.4 14300 255.4
2015 32 45 1.4 31 1 11121 347.5
2016 101 176 1.7 246 2.4 37957 375.8
2017 159 411 2.6 958 6 51320 322.8
2018 18 62 3.4 177 9.8 4799 266.6

My Year in Blogging

I’ve decided to start my yearly wrap up posts early this year. If I can remember what I did this year, I will do my personal year in review this week as well. Sometime around New Year’s Day I will do my year in reading post. This is a nice lazy “post my blog stats and top posts” blog post.

According to WordPress I have 5,582 views, 3,190 visitors, 914 likes and 403 comments in 2017. I know these numbers are very small for the more popular bloggers, but for a sad little blog like mine it is pretty darn good. Y’all need to work harder to get those numbers up next year. I trust you can do it if you try hard enough.

The majority of my views have come from the USA(4575) but Canada, United Kingdom. and India came in in triple digits this year. Good job other countries!

People found me with the following search terms –

  • survivor debbies delusions
  • debbie survivor delusional
  • being awkward is cool washington post
  • tater takes.com
  • i don’t believe in guilty pleasures
  • washington post date lab
  • clean and sober i’m just a little bit smarter and a hole lot older
  • world thoughts lyrics
  • tater brackets

The top referrers to my blog were Facebook, WordPress Reader, The Bloggess and Twitter

My most read post was On Marches and Life with 101 views.

There you have it. My year in blogging. I thought about posting my top 5 read posts, but that seemed too much like a desperate attempt at more clicks.