The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.
It’s been a strange year in blog posts for me. I was thrilled in May to get “Freshly Pressed” here in WordPress, for my post on Maurice Sendak’s passing and legacy. I wasn’t looking for attention — at least, not for so sad a subject — but I was certainly glad for the love that came rolling in and all you new readers who stuck around as a result. (Hi, gang!)
But, surprisingly, my Freshly Pressed post is only my second-most popular post this year. (The official stats count my home page and the blank link that redirects to my homepage, both of which come in as second and third most popular or, considering they wind up at the same place, the most popular, but I’m not counting those — I’m interested in the posts themselves.)
No, the most popular post of mine all year, with a whopping 5,304 hits since the end of May, was my third post about the Hatfields & McCoys miniseries on the History Channel. In fact, taken altogether, my three posts about that three-part miniseries has brought in more than 5,600 new views this year, and (I think because of reruns on the History Channel) still occasionally results in surprise spikes in views. In any given week since May, I can usually count on one of my Hatfields & McCoys posts to be the most popular post at least one day of the week.
Searches related to that old feud account for four of my top five searches, too. (Benzaiten, one of my Patrons of Writing and Teaching series, is the third-most popular search.) In fact, those miniseries posts are eight of my top ten searches. They’re sixteen of my top twenty searches. You get the picture.
Other search terms of note: three people came here looking for my poet friend Michael Levan; three others came looking for my former English professor and good friend Qui-Phiet Tran. Three people came looking for Bill Roorbach’s new novel Life Among Giants, which I reviewed back in August; three others mistyped the title as “Land Among Giants” and still wound up here; and five people came in search of my interview with Bill in November.
Thirteen people were looking for poet and author Hosho McCreesh. Four people wanted Texas poet Jerry Bradley. Five people needed Portland author Lidia Yuknavitch and four others were looking for the heroine in her recent novel Dora: A Headcase. Seven people wanted Unshod Quills editor and Portland poet Dena Rash Guzman. Six people wanted Jersey Devil Press, and eight people wanted JDP’s founder, Eirik Gumeny. Three people came looking for Matthew Burnside.
Thirty people were trying to find information about my former grad school professor, the late, great Scott Simpkins.
Eight people wanted short stories about Nancy Drew. Thirty-two people needed Winnie-the-Pooh. Three hundred and fifteen people were interested in “Uninvited Guests,” from the Chris Van Allsburg book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick.
And three people wanted “captain caveman doing dishes.”
I don’t have any explanation for that.