Crunching the Numbers, 2016

Crunching numbers

A new year has begun. On this first day of 2017, 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…

Unlike the past two years, for the 2016 year, WordPress has decided not to send its bloggers their own personalized annual reports for our online journals. No worries, though…I will just create my own 2016 Annual Report (minus all the bells and whistles and animated fanfare from WordPress.)

According to the 2015 annual report, my blog, Princes, Paupers, Pilgrims & Pioneers: Our Predecessors and Me, did pretty well. Could this year’s performance be better? Let’s see…

After juxtaposing the yearly statistics, I was pleasantly surprised. In 2016, my blog was viewed 2,931 times by 1,475 visitors in 30 countries with the vast majority of them from the United States. In 2016, my blog gained 112 likes and 63 comments. (Wow!  Thank you all!)

The top 25 posts in 2016, receiving the most views, were the following:

  1. Naming the “Nameless”: Known Slaves in Our Families’ History
  2. Italian-Born Brothers Serve in U.S. Military
  3. An Excess of Entitlement
  4. Famous Faces and Places: Caimi
  5. Are You, Are You Coming to the Tree?
  6. Snow Days and Past Days
  7. Mariner Men
  8. Sláinte to Our Irish & Scots-Irish Ancestors
  9. The Thorns of the Rose and Thistle
  10. The Battle of Kings Mountain
  11. Taylor-Thomas Immigrant Ancestors
  12. ABCs & Our Family Trees: The Letter B
  13. Edmund II “Ironside” of England
  14. Securing Our Country’s Independence
  15. Déja Vu & DNA: How Connected Are We?
  16. Matriarchal Me
  17. Recreating the Past, One Stone at a Time
  18. We the People Have Had Enough
  19. William I “The Lion” of Scotland
  20. The Spangler Progenitor
  21. Henry I “Beauclerc” of England
  22. ‘Tis the Season?
  23. Wealthy Beyond Measure
  24. Mayflower Ancestors
  25. ABCs & Our Family Trees: The Letter A

In contrast, in 2015, my blog was viewed 1,633 times by 696 visitors in 18 countries with the majority of them from America. In 2015, my blog gained 22 likes and 29 comments.

In 2015, my top 25 posts—the ones that received the most views—were:

  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
  11. Watts-Stark Immigrant Ancestors, pt. 2
  12. Tangled Threads in Families’ Tapestries
  13. Phenomenal Women
  14. Civil War Veteran Ancestors
  15. Harwick-Bush Immigrant Ancestors
  16. Williams-Stott Immigrant Ancestors
  17. Four Generations of Francis Ancestors
  18. Italian-Born Brothers Serve in U.S. Military
  19. Cole-Marriner Immigrant Ancestors
  20. The Times, They Are A-Changin’
  21. Spangler-Kenney Immigrant Ancestors, pt. 1
  22. Caimi-Culatina Immigrant Ancestors
  23. Genealogical Guffaw
  24. Taylor-Thomas Immigrant Ancestors
  25. Political Connections

In 2016, the top ten referring sites to my blog—not including search engines,, FindAGrave, or WordPress—were Tangled Roots and Trees, Facebook, Twisted Limbs and Crooked Branches, Loved in the South, The Genealogy Corner, The Genealogist’s Craft, Just History Posts, Family Tree Girl, Olivia McCabe, and Opening Doors in Brick Walls.

Whereas, in 2015, the top ten referral sites—again, not including search engines,, FindAGrave, or WordPress itself—were Tangled Roots and Trees, Facebook, Geneabloggers,, Loved in the South, Emerging Civil War, Forgotten History, Finding Merle, The Genealogy Corner, and An American Family.

Finally, in 2016, my top five most prolific commenters were Aquila, samanthaandmy5, lisakunk, Cyndy Mack, and iiamthatgirli. Thank you all so much for stopping by my blog and caring enough to comment.

In 2015, my top five most frequent commenters were samanthaandmy5, Cyndy Mack, kfernraelwake, Kate Cowie Riley, and sallymwf. Again, my thanks to you all!

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!

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3 thoughts on “Crunching the Numbers, 2016

  1. I wanted to get my review of 2016 done on January 1st and didn’t wait for WordPress’ link to the annual report—good thing too since I hadn’t heard they were not doing them.

    Nice increases all across the board for you. Interesting to see my blog was one of your top 10 referrers!

    On your journey, I hope you find many keys to open the doors in your brick walls. Happy New Year.

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    • Thank you, Cathy.

      Incidentally, I stopped by your blog to check out your 2016 stats, and all I can say is WOW!—20,500 visitors with 37,046 views, 200+ of whom are followers! Now that is truly impressive. Kudos to you on another great year of blogging!

      I doubt I will ever reach those illustrious numbers, unless I beg pitifully or bribe every family member, friend, acquaintance, and unsuspecting passerby! lol

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