My First Post – Eight Months Ago
Eight months ago on November 15, 2012, I published “Hello World“–my 341-word first blog post ever, under the category of Witches and Witchcraft. I wondered then if some of my family from among the 40 generations I have traced back could have been among those accused of witchcraft in Connecticut or Winston-Salem, Massachusetts. I noted that most women and men who were accused in the 15th-19th centuries were feared for their nonconformist ways more than anything else. And, I wondered if I inherited my self-initiative and personal drive from any one of those accused. By the way, the jury remains out on those issues.
So, despite only six people reading my first post, I went on to write 144 others on a variety of categories over the next eight months; making today’s post number 145! And today, I took to data mining my blog’s statistics to see just how readership and visits stand at my 100th post.
Understanding my blog’s readership demographics
On April 25, 2013, Our Heritage: 12th Century and Beyond, captured its largest number of readers in one day–totalling 74: as you can see, many people that day were drawn to my Homepage/Archives (24), and the Plymouth Pilgrims, Puritans, The Great Migration…post (10).
On June 19th, one of my most popular posts was about a “dragon boat racing event” to end hunger in Calvert County. It received 39 views, but a total of 66 views were made of the blog site that day. This post had nothing to do with my family genealogy but did hit a home run on topic and history of a little-known sport for a good cause. And, today I have 88 blog followers and the following keeps growing, too.
The United States’ State Department recognizes 195 independent countries from around the world. The U.S.Census Bureau posts today’s world population at 7,097,725,000 and counting. My blog’s readership in comparison is small but steadily growing. To date, 3,350 people from 64 countries– one-third of the world’s countries, have read at least one of my posts. Below are the top five countries based on overall readership, with the remaining 190 countries making up 6.1 percent of the world’s remaining readers to visit my site. The Census Bureau’s total estimated population for today (and counting) is 316 million. That means a little over one percent of the U.S. population has read a post on my blog during the past eight months.
Googling for other genealogy-based blogs
I then googled “genealogy blogs,” to see just how many I might find out there. There actually is a site Genealogy Blog Finder that tracks 1,782 blogs worldwide. It lets you filter by recently updated, what’s new, and who’s blogging where in the world: So, it made sense to me when I learned that nearly 86 percent of my readership is in the United States. Pingdom.com’s study of blog readership states that there are actually over 157 million blogs on Tumblr and WordPress, alone. Comparing the 157 million blogs number to the 1,782 genealogy blogs, I see that just 1.14 percent of all of those blogs are genealogy-based posts.
And finally, according to Blogpulse.com; “No wonder many bloggers have a hard time getting noticed. There are more than 144 million blogs in the world, publishing 1 million posts per day. So there is some competition.”
When I reflected on these staggering facts, I can only feel very appreciative for all readers who have taken their time to find and read my posts. Happy blogging and reading. Hope you will visit with me again!