A Review of 2016

January 15, 2017 at 2:33 am | Posted in 2016, Astrology | 24 Comments
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In most previous years, WordPress provided (apparently automatically) a “year in review” post, such as this one.  That did not happen for this year, and I can only guess that is because this blog is either too old or receives “too much” traffic.  Regardless, we are producing our own variant.

  • Total Pageviews: >77,000
  • Total Visitors: > 33,000
  • Views per Visitor = 2.38
  • Posts published: 3,435 (mostly reblogs but SOME of it our own content)

Traffic by country (and, oddly, this shows far less than >77,000; unsure of the discrepancy):

visitors-2016-totalviews

The only thing “surprising” here is that South Africa and Bulgaria have passed up Australia in the number of pageviews.  Again, unsure why.

Also surprising: the drop in Canada’s traffic, which routinely tied for second and third place with the U.K. in the past.  We see, instead, that India has supplanted Canada in traffic, and that does not tell the entire story.  I routinely have chats with various people from India, this blog is rising in popularity in India, and I would not be entirely surprised to see them challenge the U.K. this year (2017) for level of traffic.  Bulgaria and Estonia have been strong the past few years, but Estonia seems to have dropped out altogether.

Most Popular Pages:

gt-stats-2016

Select links from those stats:

We have omitted links to our homepage (for obvious reasons), and we are glad that the home page (counted two different ways for reasons we do not understand) as well as three of our forecasts (not reblogs) occupied the top slots.

The traffic for the weekly forecast for Week 21 (466 views) was sufficient justification for spinning off “Weekly Forecasts,” (we also had some other good weeks, not listed here) but then traffic plummeted as soon as the spinoff was done and never came back up.  Even worse, the time requirement to write a good set of forecasts is about five hours per week, and that is about 250 hours per year, or a little over six forty hour work-weeks.  I simply cannot justify doing that for “free,” and until I can develop a way to “sufficiently” monetize that process the weekly forecasts will continue to be “on hold.”

That Clarissa (Viva Combusta) occupied another top slot is also not surprising, and I am willing to bet Tara Greene will be in a top slot in 2017.

Note, also, that “likes” do not really tell what traffic is.  “An Exploration of November 8” had 961 pageviews but only seven (7) likes (other than the one I give myself to “prime the pump”).  961 views but only seven likes? Really?  This kind of thing was true on the other pages as well, although Clarissa did manage to obtain eleven “likes” for her 333 pageviews.

This does beg a question: what do “likes” mean, if anything?  (Isn’t traffic really a much better measure?  Maybe this is a question for Social Psychologists as much as it is for Marketing researchers.)

While Full Moons and New Moons are hot as far as search terms go, the hottest is “horoscope” (predictably) followed by “mercury retrograde 2016” (maybe not quite so predictably).  If you want traffic, then write about Mercury Retrograde!

In any case, 2016 was a good year as far as traffic to Grand Trines went.

Edit:  Apparently, decision makers at WordPress decided to NOT do the Annual Report (of stats) this year.  Thanks to John, Jr. who pointed this out.

24 Comments

  1. Hello Grandtrines,

    I was disappointed that WordPress.com did not have the annual reports this year, and here is what one staff member had to say about this:

    https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/annual-year-in-review-for-2016-for-my-blog?replies=13#post-2826895

    Making your own was a good idea, I somewhat made my own during my response (https://johnjronline.wordpress.com/2016/12/27/retrospective/) to a Discover Challenge, but I really should made a full one like you did by extending the one that I made for that Discover Challenge.

    2016 was a good year in traffic for my blog as well, near the end of the year at least, but comments and likes and subscriptions were probably down oddly.

    Thank you for sharing this,
    -John Jr

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    • Looks like you did a good job. Maybe we will start a trend….

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      • Thank you Grandtrines, I hope that they will not only start back making annual reports next year, but I hope that they will also release the 2016 reports even if they are very late at that point; and I hope that they will have an updated and improved look for them too like they did for their own annual report for 2016:

        https://automattic.com/year-in-review-2016/

        -John Jr

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      • If it is deemed too resource consumptive, then it might be cut in order to reduce costs and therefore increase profit margin. http://smallbusiness.chron.com/cut-operational-expenses-increase-profit-margins-26219.html

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      • Hello Grandtrines,

        Yep, but there are some ways that they could reduce the costs and time required; I heard that they might be looking into some way to do that, but there are no guarantees of course so it may never come back.

        -John Jr

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      • Thanks for sending the Automattic report. I like WP, and I like what I know of Automattic. Good tools, seems like a good company, and an interesting report. Thanks.

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      • You are welcome Grandtrines, I liked the improve look of their 2016 report, and I hope to see Automattic/WordPress continue to improve in the future.

        -John Jr

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  2. Hello Grandtrines,

    Thank you for crediting me in your post, I might make my full annual report today before I post my dream(s) from last night.

    Off-Topic

    I would like to recommend that you update your Accounts Settings (https://en.support.wordpress.com/account-settings/) and WordPress.com Profile (Gravatar Profile) Settings (https://en.support.wordpress.com/manage-my-profile/) and/or because I noticed that your Gravatar Profile (http://en.gravatar.com/grandtrines) lacks an avatar, one or more of your blogs are not listed, you seem to not have a web address set so people can not click your name to be taken to your main blog or to a link where they can find all your blogs et cetera which makes it easier for people to reach your blog(s), and so you may want to check those settings to make sure that every thing is updated and filled out to help you and help your viewers. 😉

    -John Jr

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    • Thanks for the tips! I will check on the gravatar. Here is another Bateson vid, with Gregory himself being interviewed when he was very old.

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      • You are welcome, good luck, and let me know if you need help or advice Grandtrines.

        On WordPress.com you can share YouTube/Vimeo/Dailymotion/et cetera video links by simply copying them and pasting them without making them clickable links (https://en.support.wordpress.com/videos/), and WordPress.com will then automatically embed them so that people can watch the videos directly from your blog (if embed was enabled by the uploader of the video) and they can still watch it from that service too if they want by clicking that option on the video itself.

        I think that this increases the chance that people will watch videos that you share, it looks nicer, and if added to a post without an image or ahead of the image in the post it will show in the WordPress.com Reader which looks nice and could possibly increase views to your posts. 😉

        -John Jr

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      • Have you thought about starting a small business offering WordPress advice?

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      • Hello Grandtrines,

        Not really, I did consider applying for a job at WordPress.com but I never did because I lack programming knowledge and support can be draining and stressful and is a thankless job often, but I used to sometimes help people at the WordPress.com Forums for free but I usually avoid the forums now for various reasons.

        I do sometimes offer advice to people for free when visiting blogs.

        -John Jr

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      • Be careful of giving free advice. Few people ever appreciate it even though you may be skillful and proficient, and sometimes you step on someone’s toes in the process. As an aside, do you know anything about enabling HTTPS: (secure server) in WordPress? I know most of the WP stuff that most users typically use, but that is still an open question for me. (And, I bet you COULD start such a business, but you would need to learn some business skills along the way; Coursera is a good source for those.)

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      • Hello Grandtrines,

        Thank you for the advice.

        I have never used the WordPress software itself through WordPress.org, I have only used WordPress.com, but last year HTTPS (SSL Encryption) was enabled automatically for all WordPress.com blogs (https://en.blog.wordpress.com/2016/04/08/https-everywhere-encryption-for-all-wordpress-com-sites/) and it can not be disabled:

        “Why use HTTPS

        Strong encryption is critical to ensure your privacy and security while using WordPress.com. We encrypt all possible traffic, including custom domains hosted on WordPress.com. We consider strong encryption so important that we do not allow you to compromise the security of your site by disabling it. We also 301 redirect all insecure HTTP requests to the secure HTTPS version.”

        Thank you for sharing that, I never heard of Coursera before, I am not the business type but if I ever was/were to decide to start a business of some kind that will be helpful.

        -John Jr

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      • That is good news. At one point, much of WP was HTTP (unencrypted) only. I am also a strong believer in measures sure as HTTPS. Coursera: https://www.coursera.org ; EdX: https://www.edx.org ; Udemy: https://www.udemy.com ; of course there are also Stanford (has its on online site, some courses free others for pay), Khan Academy, Lynda.com, and Youtube. Many providers of online ed of a variety of quality and depth. Coursera is very good in the opinion of many, myself included. See, also: https://www.mooc-list.com

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      • I agree, you are correct Grandtrines about our domains being unencrypted on default in the past so you used to have to manually enable encryption, and so I am glad that WordPress.com made this change.

        I also like Let’s Encrypt and others are trying to spread encryption to all of the internet, free in some cases, and now it is just time for more people to make it happen.

        Thank you for the links,
        -John Jr

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      • John, I appreciate your well-intentioned comments, but I having been posting videos, cleaning the spam trap, etc. for a number of years now. Thanks, again, for attempting to be helpful. –GT

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      • You are welcome Grandtrines.

        -John Jr

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  3. […] so I will finally make my own annual report for 2016 thanks to a bit of inspiration that I got from Grandtrine’s post: A Review Of 2016, from another blogger, and from Automattic’s 2016 Year […]

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