Being a dog, I’m not real interested in where I have been and where I’m headed. I live for the moment, but once a year I like to see what I have been up to and check out some of my statistics. I am not a numbers creature, so I really only check my stats when someone asks for them except for the end of the year. When I was on wordpress.com, they sent me all my stats at the end of the year, but now that I am self-hosted, I am on my own and use Google Analytics which is a bit more complicated for a dog to paw through.
I figured it would be a lengthy chore, so I asked Bunny to join me and I got some snacks to munch on. Snacks make work much more fun! The first thing I figured out from that ocean of numbers is that in 2013, I had about three times as many people visiting my blog as I did in 2012! I was shocked and almost choked on a Buddy Biscuit when I realized that one! That is awesome and I only have you, my readers and fans to thank for it!
Next, I wanted to see where my readers come from. I have readers from all over the world, which in itself is amazing! I decided to just list the top ten countries below.
- USA – 78%
- New Zealand
I also looked at statistics by month and found every month had more views/visits than the previous month, but June, July, and August had the smallest increases. I guess people are much busier in the summer months, no time to read blogs, not even my blog 🙁
The most interesting statistic I like to howl about is the top ten blog posts of the year list! 2013 had some big events in my life starting with being on actual packaging at Target, getting a baby sister, and publishing my first book. Two of these three events did make the top ten. Another thing that stands out is my baking. Four of the top ten posts are baking posts. I guess my readers like to bake and eat as much as I do! Three of the top ten posts are Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers posts which is not a surprise since there are such pawsome prizes to win! Now for the list – you can click on the links if you would like to visit any of the posts.
- Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers Day 7
- Blueberry Banana Bites
- Nutty Squirrel Cookies
- Tales of a French Scent Hound – Now Available
- Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers Day 16
- Emma’s Easter Cookies
- Halloween Baking for Puppies
- Advent Calendar For Dog Lovers Day 22
- Help Me Send Mom To BarkWorld
- Exciting News!
Now that you have seen, my most popular posts for the year, do any of my readers have topics they would like to suggest? I’m always open to suggestions. You can always leave a comment if you have an idea of something fun or educational you would like me to post about. I do read all the comments that are left on my blog and I try to respond to each one of them. Comments mean a lot to me.
I read a lot of great blogs every day. I was going to list some of my favorites, but I couldn’t really narrow it down. I guess you know me if I read your blog and I try my best to stop by and read all the posts of blogs I follow and comment when I have something to howl about. Through reading other blogs I learn a lot and also gain inspiration. The blogging community is such a wonderful place filled with so many great pets and humans, I’m thankful to be a part of it.
My original goal for blogging and social media was just to see how it all worked together and to spread the word about my wonderful breed, the GBGV. I blog because Mom loves to take photos, especially of me, and I love to write. I am ecstatic that so many people follow me! I never thought I would ever be at the point I am at now. I want to keep growing, but my main focus will remain – having a good time bringing smiles, laughter, and sometimes advice to my readers. I look forward to seeing all of you and sharing my adventures in 2014!
Since I’m following up, I have joined the Follow Up Friday Blog Hop. A big thanks to Heart Like A Dog for hosting.