Top 9 & The Vagaries Of Blogging

I’m sure many of you are familiar with Instagram’s “Best 9” – there’s an app that runs through your Instagram posts of a specific year and tells you which of your posts were the most “successful”, meaning which got the most likes, comments etc.

Until two years ago, WordPress used to send us an e-mail at the end of each year telling us about our blogging year as well; so out of interest I looked some things up myself.

The reason is not – same as for Instagram – that I measure success in likes, on the contrary. I just find it a little fascinating to see which posts others visited the most vs. the ones I really liked, had fun doing etc.

In WordPress, my Top 9 for most-viewed posts in 2018 contained 7 really old posts and only 2 from 2018 (my story about the food photography course I took and the coffee cake). So I took those old ones out of the equation and just checked for posts that I actually wrote in 2018, and what you see above is the result of that.

Again, these were not at all what I had expected. I guess that tastes just are so different – both taste-wise as well as visually – that you can never guess the outcome. I know there are bloggers who take the results to heart and try to do more of what people seem to like best, but I can tell you straight away that you can’t expect that from me 😀 . I do what I like, and I hope it’ll always stay that way.

Do you check your WordPress stats, and are you surprised by the results?


On a different note but still with regards to blogging, I wanted to hear from you whether your blog has been swamped with “fake” followers these past years. Whenever you get “freshly pressed” (I don’t think that exists anymore) by WordPress, thousands of people flock to your post, put down their likes and are never to be seen again. Then there have been those over the past two years of doubtful intent – they follow you just so you click on their website and are never to be seen again.

Those latter ones own businesses, want to make some propaganda, or want to promote their smut sites. Another group are the ones that have names that sound less likely to get you in trouble on clicking their links, but when you do click there’s nothing there.

At the end of 2018, I had 10,360 followers. As I mentioned before, I’m not much interested in follower numbers, but 10,360 sounded way too much for the small amount of traffic coming this blog’s way. So last weekend when I had no plans I did some investigating and weeding. These days, when dubious followers trickle in, you’re able to remove them straight away; but how did I miss that many taking root over the past two years? New year, new clean-up project – I am now down to 410 followers as of today, which is a number I feel very comfortable with. This is my 9th year of blogging, and I’d rather have people that are happy to come here in the first place, and having them come back feels much better than a five digit number of followers. How about you?


The last thing I wanted to ask you – because I get really fed up with people stealing content – is whether any of you have ever considered making your blog private, or if anyone actually did it. For anyone who has gone private – what are the drawbacks for you?