We don’t even need to be big believers in the magic of numbers to have a moment’s fascination when a counter passes 1,000 – 10,000 – 1,000,000. For example, the milometer in your car or the 7th billion baby being born.
Today I have had the honour to welcome the 10,000th visitor to my blog since I started counting on 24 July 2011. Alas no name or gender but this celebrated visitor clicked on my website at 4:39am on Monday 13 August and resides in Jackson, Mississippi, US. Welcome and thank you!
As I had no idea whether 10,000 visitors to a writer’s website in one year is a lot, normal, or insignificant, I asked some of my writing pals how many visitors they had. What a huge differences! Some have 300, others 3K, yet others 30K and one even had 1M. Conclusion: I’m attracting an average number of readers.
All bloggers agree that putting up regular new posts and spreading the word via social media attract more folk than leaving things stagnant and posting once in a blue moon. Quite obvious, isn’t it? Every time I add a new blogpost or interview, some 40 to 50 new visitors drop by on a daily basis whereas in the lull between posts their numbers drops to 12 to 16. In the course of this year I’ve seen a slow increase in visitors after every new blog.
Where do my readers come from? I’m most popular in the US with almost 3K visitors, over 700 of which from California. Ah….is Hollywood checking me out already? Runner up is the UK with almost 2K, Netherlands with 750 and in fourth place Denmark with slightly under 750. Why I’m so popular in Denmark is a mystery to me as no Danish visitor has ever left a comment to tell me.
I’ve asked myself if I’m satisfied with my current statistics and what the counter should be on next year. 1M is unattainable so much is sure but doubling the digits would be nice. It will mean more hard work, new author interviews, guest blogs, maybe promotional giveaways.
The recent total makeover of my blog certainly helps to remain inspired to fill it with interesting titbits.
I’m very grateful to each of you 10K folk that took the time to check out my regular ramblings. Please continue to drop by and comment. It looks like I’ve got many more shafts left in my quiver.