2012 blog statistics

January 7, 2013

In August 2012, this blog broke through the two million views mark since I started blogging in 2008. By 31 December 2012, it had had more than 2.55 million views. Some 1.29 million views (more than half) occurred just in 2012. These figures don’t include any visits I made to my own blog (yes, I use my own blog for stuff I can’t remember!).

I wrote far fewer blog posts in 2012, so many of these visits were to posts I’ve written in previous years. I’ve written a total of 1525 blog posts since 2008, of which only 122 were written in 2012.

Surprisingly, I only have 187 followers who have signed up to receive email alerts each time I post a new article, so I have to assume most readers are ‘hit and run’ readers — those who have a problem with Word or whatever, find one of my posts via Google etc., read the post, get what they came for (or not), and leave without checking out anything else.

Here are some graphs and tables for the 2012 statistics for this blog, as well as some comparative ones for ‘all time’ (‘all time’ is actually 2008 to 2012 — I started this blog very late in 2007, but didn’t really start posting until January 2008, so the 2007 statistics are so low as to be insignificant).

Total views by month/year



Average daily views


The average views per day has nearly doubled since 2011 (from 1867 in 2011 to 3527 in 2012). The graphs above and below are for the full seven days per week, though most views occur on business days.


As I mentioned above, most views are during the five business days, probably as a reflection of the need to find answers to Word questions and the like when people are stuck with a problem at work. The weekends and major public holidays (particularly in the US) see a notable drop in views.

Top 20 posts


Some posts are just more popular than others! Those highlighted in blue appear in both lists — the top 20 posts of all time (2008-2012) and 2012 only. Those without highlighting only appear in one of the top 20 lists. The numbers on the right are the number of total views for that post in the time period.

Long tail


As expected, there’s a significant ‘long tail’ for this blog’s views. I can only extract stats for the top 499 posts from WordPress, but even for those posts the long tail is very evident. In the graphs above and below, the top 50 posts, and especially the top 20, gained the most views. Everything else was a poor cousin to these top posts.

When I extracted out the views just for the top 30 posts for 2008-2012 and 2012 only (both below), the long tail was still evident, though not as pronounced. Again, the top 10 posts garnered the most views, with posts 11 through to 30 tailing off and flattening out.



So, there you have it. Five years of blogging, 1525 blog posts published, 2.5 million views (with more than half in the past 12 months).

I guess I must be doing something right, even though the monetary return is close to zero. One other change this year was removing all the individual links to the donate option from each ‘how to’ post and putting a new link at the top of the right sidebar. I did this as a result of a bizarre mix-up with my PayPal Donate button code being used by someone else. Since then I’ve received the princely sum of $1.99 in donations… So I guess moving that Donate button away from the bottom of a helpful post has not been very successful. I use that money to pay my annual bill to WordPress to keep this blog free of ads and to have the convenience of adjusting the style of this blog.

As in 2012, I’ll be writing posts more sporadically in 2013, and NOT ‘almost every day’ as I did in 2008-2011. I still have a day job that I’m committed to, and paid work always comes before unpaid work.

See also:

[Links last checked January 2013]


  1. Rhonda your tips have helped me numerous times – easy to read and follow the instructions – donation on way in the hope that others may follow!

  2. Thanks Jen!

  3. I very much like the presentation you did to explain your blog statistics. thanks for a great newsletter.

  4. Nope, not ‘hit and run’ at all – I know you’re here, I come looking to see what’s new whenever I have time (or am just too frustrated with some of the other stuff and need to read something sensible and convivial).

  5. Thanks Sarah! Good to have you here ;-)

  6. This blog is really interesting and lots of stuff to check. Your graphs are so good and inspires me to write more to get more hits.

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