Crunching the Numbers, 2019

Another year has passed, and a new one has just begun. On this first day of 2020, as I have done for the past several years, I would like to take some time to reflect on the previous year and contemplate the year that lies ahead.  Naturally, as a family history buff, I tend to look back instead of forward. It is just who I am. So here goes…

So how has my blog, Princes, Paupers, Pilgrims & Pioneers: Our Predecessors and Me, performed this past year? Were this last year’s results better than the year before? After juxtaposing the statistics of both 2018 and 2017, I am once again thrilled with the final tallies.

In 2019, my blog was viewed 10,399 times by 5,987 visitors in 86 countries with the vast majority of them from the United States (Canada came in a distant second). In addition, my blog gained 1,040 likes and 295 comments.

The top 25 posts in 2019, receiving the most views, were the following:

  1. Rev. Joseph Hull
  2. Book Review: One for the Blackbird, One for the Crow
  3. Book Review: The Secret Orphan
  4. Book Review: The German Midwife
  5. Gateway Ancestor: Peter Worden
  6. Gilbert “The Red” de Clare
  7. The Spangler Progenitor
  8. Patience (Oliver) Croasmun
  9. Middle-Aged Morning
  10. The Case of the Lost and Found Grandma
  11. Book Review: Lost Roses
  12. Gateway Ancestor: Edward Foulke
  13. Say What?
  14. Blogging…Why Bother?
  15. Book Review: The Things We Cannot Say
  16. Robert de Beaumont, 2nd Earl of Leicester
  17. Book Review: That Churchill Woman
  18. Book Review: We Must Be Brave
  19. Book Review: The Abolitionist’s Daughter
  20. Let’s Go Crazy
  21. Book Review: We Hope for Better Things
  22. Johann Henrich Schlösser
  23. Matryoshkas & My Matrilineal Matriarch
  24. Book Review: The Dry Grass of August
  25. Book Review: Time After Time

In contrast, in 2018, my blog was viewed  6,796 times by 3,492 visitors in 56 countries with the vast majority of them from the United States (the United Kingdom came in second). In 2018, my blog garnered 654 likes and 187 comments.

In 2018, my top 25 posts—the ones that received the most views—were:

  1. Rev. Joseph Hull
  2. Gateway Ancestor: Edward Foulke
  3. Gateway Ancestor: Peter Worden
  4. The Spangler Progenitor
  5. Say What?
  6. Gilbert “The Red” de Clare
  7. Rev. Stephen Bachiler
  8. Naming the “Nameless”: Known Slaves in Our Families’ History
  9. Robert de Beaumont, 2nd Earl of Leicester
  10. Book Review: We Hope for Better Things
  11. Hans Michael Thomas
  12. Thomas Woodmansee
  13. The Year My Mom Canceled Christmas
  14. Goss Family Helps Forge a New Nation
  15. La Tour de France
  16. Chapline Family Forebearers
  17. Ciao Italia!
  18. Joseph Holway
  19. ABCs & Our Family Trees: Letter L
  20. Book Review: Becoming Mrs. Lewis
  21. Petronilla of Aragon
  22. An Excess of Entitlement
  23. Sarah (Schlosser) Thomas
  24. Christopher Erb
  25. Bring Out Your Dead

In 2019, the top ten referring sites to my blog were My Descendant’s Ancestors, It’s Good to Be Crazy Sometimes, Empty Branches on the Family Tree, Tales of a Family, Slave Name Roll Project, Scrapbook Your Family Tree, Joan’s Ancestral World, The Cowkeeper’s Wish, The Lives of My Ancestors, and Genealogy for Children. (Please note: I am not including referrals from search engines,, BookBub, BookSirens, Facebook, FindAGrave, Goodreads, LibraryThing, Twitter, Pinterest, or WordPress.)

Whereas, in 2018, the top ten referral sites—again, not including search engines, book sites, or genealogical sites—were Tales of a Family, Slave Name Roll Project, The Retiring Sort, Rael & Fernandez Family History, My Descendant’s Ancestors, GeneabloggersDaze and WeekesScrapbook Your Family Tree, The Genealogy Corner, and Myricopia.

Finally, in 2019, my top five most prolific commenters were Ann Marie BryantEilene Lyon, Jamie Gates, Linda Stufflebean, and GenTraveling. Thank you all so much for stopping by my blog and caring enough to comment.

In 2018, my top five most frequent commenters were Ann Marie Bryant, Eilene Lyon, Carol Barclay Radowenchuk, Gary A. Wilson, and Linda Stufflebean. Again, my sincere thanks to you all!

However, something that statistics cannot show is the invaluable and inspirational interactions I have had with other bloggers, amateur genealogists, and book reviewers/authors with whom I have corresponded. My deepest thanks go out to all for your insights and encouragements!

So, with the old year behind me and the new year just beginning, I will endeavor to better last year’s statistics and share more of our ancestors’ (and my own) tales. Thank you for joining me on my journey!

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One thought on “Crunching the Numbers, 2019

  1. Linda Stufflebean

    Glad my readers are visiting your blog and enjoying your posts. Thank you for the mention and link back. 🙂 Best wishes for a happy New Year with lots of genealogical discoveries.

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