WordPress.com provides a wide variety of statistics that help you understand the health of your blog. Like most metrics, the WP statistics are one part useful and one part entertainment. To reinforce both of these attributes, earlier this month WP sent an email with their take on my blog. I’ve borrowed from their email but sprinkled in my own commentary:
This Manage By Walking Around blog was viewed nearly 60,000 times in 2010. By comparison, about 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. If my blog were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 7 days for that many people to see it.
The busiest day of 2010 was April 6th with 377 views. The most popular post that day was The No Asshole Rule. The busiest month of the year was October with 5,944 views or an average of 192 per day. Compare that to 150 per day in Jan. 28% growth is not bad.
In 2010, there were 27 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 168 posts. The ones that got the most views were:
The No Asshole Rule April 2010
Scorecards vs. Dashboards August 2006
Dilbert strikes again June 2007
Performance Management Quotes February 2009
Dilbert on risk management December 2008
WP compliments me that my older posts have “staying power.” I wonder whether my newer posts are less interesting — or maybe I’ve just used the Dilbert crutch too much.
The top referring sites (not counting search engines) were twitter.com, bx.businessweek.com, stumbleupon.com, weblogs.sdn.sap.com, and business-intelligence.alltop.com.
The most popular search terms were performance management, most popular blogs, dilbert strategy, goals, and leadership.
I’m surprised by Business Week and “most popular blogs”.
So how did I do?
Apparently pretty well. Here’s their summary:
The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:
The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.
Like I said: useful and entertaining.