Please excuse me a self-indulgent blog to begin the new year. The top ten most hit blog pages in 2012 on my Travel Blog have mostly surprised me but then I don’t understand how search engines work. I say hit blog pages rather than read because I am neither conceited enough of sufficiently naive to claim that a hit equals a read.
In 2011 the blog recorded 151,493 hits and the upward trend continued until May when there were 17,845 in one month and I was optimistic that this number was just going to keep going up but then it stopped and fell back and has never recovered. I have finished the year with 170,900 hits which is an increase of 13%.
A reason for this may be that I have been removing old posts and archiving them in a separate blog called ‘Another Bag, More Travel’. The main blog was running out of space so being a skinflint and not wanting to pay for extra space this was my cunning solution. This blog has recorded 43,600 hits so if I add them together then the annual increase on my travel blog pages is increased to 43% which is much more respectable.
This however is nowhere near as good as performance on my memories blog ‘New Light through Old Windows’ which has increased by 84% from 100,671 views in 2011 to 185,700 in 2012.
These are the Top Ten blogs of 2012:
No. 1 (for the second year running)
I travelled to Haugesund in January 2011 and visited a Viking monument and blogged about it. This post has had 14,755 hits which is over 10,000 more than the post in second place. Over 9,000 hits have been recorded from the single word ‘Vikings’ in various search engines! I have concluded that this is because there are a lot of people using the search engines to find content about the Minnesota Vikings American Football Team and they are probably disappointed when they come across my page about a wintery day spent next to the North Sea in Norway. Without any shame I have exploited this opportunity by adding a paragraph about the Minnesota Vikings.
Straight in at no. 2 with 4,416 hits. I have written a few times about my recollections of working in waste management in the private sector in the 1990s. All of the posts manage a respectable number of hits but this one gets the most. I don’t suppose for one minute that people are interested in my stories of mismanagement, incompetence and rubbish collection but they do like to read about dancing on a nightclub stage in Paris.
Dropping a place from last year at No 2 with 4,342 hits. I posted this in April 2010 after returning from a visit to Krakow in Poland. It was a good trip but I am not sure why so many people would hit on it. It is not as interesting as my trip to Auschwitz or the Crazy Mike Communist Tour.
3,975 hits and up from eighth to fourth place This was a second blog about my trip to Haugesund in January 2011. It contains some interesting facts and figures which might explain the number of hits that it has received but I am not really convinced that this is the reason unless top European economists are using it for research purposes!
3,326 hits and a second year in the Top Ten and up two places. A bit of a surprise because this is the account of a day trip to Mount Vesuvius whilst on a holiday to Sorrento in 1976 with my dad. From my memories of the same holiday I posted several blogs about visits to Capri, Naples, Pompeii, The Amalfi Drive and Rome but these have only achieved a handful of hits between them.
2,916 hits – twice as many as 2011. A bit of a mystery to me how this one gets so many visits. I have blogged two or three times about Roman Amphitheatres – Rome, Arles, Merida, Segobriga and about larger Croatian cities at Dubrovnik and Split but this one gets the hits and I don’t know why? The Pula is the national currency of Botswana so perhaps they are intended as exchange rate enquiries?
2,625 hits and staying in the Top Ten despite dropping 3 places from last year at no. 4. This one has always been popular especially around the Spring and Summer when invitations to the Royal Garden Party are going out and when people are wondering how to get one or what to wear if they have one.
1,800 hits and new this year. I first wrote on this subject in 2009 and it immediately started getting hundreds of hits and then in 2011 it just stopped completely. I reviewed and reposted it and changed the title from the specific ‘Travel Tips when Flying Ryanair’ to the more general title that it has now and hey presto the hits started coming again.
The third new entry in the Top Ten this year with 1,7066 hits and the second post about life in the Waste Management industry. Some people have accused me of writing crap but others clearly like to read about it!
The final new entry this year with 1,358 hits and which demonstrates the importance of an About page.
If you have read one of these posts or any of the 921 others on my site ‘Have Bag, Will Travel’, then Thank you very much! I guess it proves that George Bailey (It’s A Wonderful Life) was right when he said:“The three most exciting sounds in the world are anchor chains, plane motors and train whistles.”