Crunching the Numbers, 2015

Crunching numbers

A new year has begun. On this first day of 2016, I am taking some time to reflect on the year past and contemplate the year ahead.  Of course, as an amateur genealogist, I prefer to look back instead of forward. It is just who I am. So here goes…

Recently, I (and every other WordPress blogger out there) received our very own 2015 annual report for our online journals.

Sadly, my blog, Princes, Paupers, Pilgrims & Pioneers: Our Predecessors and Me., did not fair very well in last year’s stats. (Okay, the results were down right abysmal.) So, I was curious—and a bit apprehensive—to see how this year’s performance compared to 2014. (It couldn’t be much worse, right?)

However, after juxtaposing the yearly statistics, I was pleasantly surprised. In 2015, my blog was viewed 1,633 times by 696 visitors in 18 countries with the majority of them from the United States. In 2015, my blog gained 22 likes and 29 comments. (Woohoo! Works for me!)

These posts received the most views in 2015:

  1. Naming the “Nameless”: Known Slaves in Our Families’ History
  2. ‘Tis the Season?
  3. Noel-Ardinger Immigrant Ancestors
  4. Wealthy Beyond Measure
  5. Mediocre Mom
  6. Mayflower Ancestors
  7. Securing Our Country’s Independence
  8. Goss Family Helps Forge a New Nation
  9. If You Are Reading This, I Must Be Dead.
  10. Watts-Stark Immigrant Ancestors, pt. 1

In contrast, in 2014, my blog was viewed only 416 times by just 169 visitors in five countries, again with the vast majority of them from America. That year, my blog had just six likes and five comments. (Yep, you read that correctly—only six likes and five comments for the entire year! Yikes!)

In 2014, my top ten posts—the ones that received the most views—were:

  1. Mediocre Mom
  2. Genealogical Guffaw
  3. Déjà Vu & DNA: How Connected Are We?
  4. The Times, They Are A-Changin’
  5. Securing Our Country’s Independence
  6. Dream a Little Dream of Me
  7. Mayflower Ancestors
  8. Phenomenal Women
  9. Tangled Threads in Families’ Tapestries
  10. Civil War Veteran Ancestors

In 2015, the top five referring sites to my blog were Tangled Roots and Trees, Facebook, Geneabloggers, Reader, and Feedly.

Whereas, in 2014, the top referral sites were Facebook,, Pinterest, Reader, and FindAGrave.

Finally, in 2015, my top five most prolific commenters were samanthaandmy5, Cyndy Mack, Anonymous, kfernraelwake, and sallymwf. Thank you all so much for stopping by my blog and caring enough to comment.

Sadly, no statistics on commenters were gathered in 2014—probably because I only had five comments total for the whole year. (Oy vey! Excuse me while I hang my head in shame.)

But something that statistics cannot document are the many family members, friends, amateur genealogists, and other bloggers with whom I have corresponded thanks to this site. Those interactions have proven invaluable. Thank you all for your encouragement and insights!

So, with the old year behind me and the new year ahead, I will strive to improve on last year’s stats and share more of our ancestors’ stories, as well my own. Thank you for joining me and mine on this journey!

#annualreport     #wordpress     #yearinreview


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