8 Ways to Get Rich With Blog Stats

You know me, I strive to, when there is nothing to be said, not to say it.

Now there were times, last year, when I was trying to post something every day, Monday-Friday, that I violated this central tenet. Violated it hard. I didn’t like the results. And since there’s no money to be had in this, I stopped doing it. Felt if there was nothing of interest, it served no one to blather on about it. There are plenty of blogs like that.

So I find it a little amusing when I find an e-mail from WordPress in my inbox, informing me that my blog is “on fire”, at least according to the Blog Health-O-Meter, which is trademarked: 2010 in Review.

Thereafter follows some numbers to prove this claim, including the fact that I had enough readers last year to fill eight Boeing 747s. All this is a bit bewildering to me, as I realize this blog amounts to a road hump on the info superhighway.

I derive some mordant amusement from the fact that my most-read post was 7 Bizarre Ways Google Chrome Can Kill You Instantly, which is a post I deliberately titled with a newfound toy called the Linkbait Generator. I have to admit that it worked, so LOL, as the kids say. I used it again today! Can you tell?

Of course, the blow-by-blow on crapfests and other film festivals ranked well. I should hope so, as they’re most time-consuming to put together, not to mention the  time spent in Fleshspace actually experiencing the events. There will be more crapfests, and there will be more writings about them.

I could have complained how busy I was during December, but you know what? I was too busy to do that. Trying to get everything squared away at the station before I was booted out for a two-week unpaid vacation, multiple shows per week at Mystery Cafe (which helped with the unpaid vacation problem) and a long-stalled writing project got the go-ahead (which is helping the aftermath of the unpaid vacation).

I got everything I asked for Christmas. I got my wife everything she asked for. The Boy did not get everything he asked for (sorry, Alienware computers and fully-functioning lifesize Mazinger Zs are bit outside our operating budget at present), but was happy with what he got.  Then he dropped my old laptop which I had refurbished for him, destroying it, and rendering half my presents to him useless. There is a heartwarming Christmas lesson in there somewhere, but I have not been able to find it yet. All I know is I have schedule time on my own damned computer again.

The writing project continues, despite losing a writer over the holidays. I had forgotten how wearying this sort of writing-by-committee can get however, and it is rather rubbing my nose in the fact that I should be writing for myself, not others. Although the writing for others brings in a paycheck. And paychecks are good.

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"But Dad, I'm about to wi - OH CRAP!"

It also means I have primary ownership over my computer by fiat. “I am working to buy you Pop-Tarts and orange juice by the gallon,” I tell the all-consuming moose in my office chair “You can blow the heads off perfect strangers at 3 in the morning, just I had to when I was your age.”

That is a lie, of course.

His mother buys the Pop-Tarts.

2010 in review

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:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is on fire!.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 3,500 times in 2010. That’s about 8 full 747s.


In 2010, there were 109 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 314 posts. There were 141 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 13mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was July 28th with 55 views. The most popular post that day was 7 Bizarre Ways Google Chrome Can Kill You Instantly.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, twitter.com, welltuncares.wordpress.com, healthfitnesstherapy.com, and Google Reader.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for pokeball, keyboard face, chrome pokeball, jazeel bullet, and drfreex.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


7 Bizarre Ways Google Chrome Can Kill You Instantly June 2010


Gettin’ all Sherlock Holmes on ya June 2010


Badmoviefield Earth June 2010
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While you’re making other plans, pt. II June 2010


Info Dump: Thanksgiving Crapfest November 2010