Judging those figures you have to take into account that 2012 is the first year I blogged all year. In 2011 I started in June. Technically this blog started in 2008 but it remained dormant for some time.
The increase in traffic figures cannot be attributed only to a more regular and year round blogging. I would hope the content counts as well. Three of the top-10 posts relate to my taste for creating lists. Sometimes those lists are completely useless and for my personal satisfaction only. However, some others seem to fill a gap. Three lists in the latter category are the ones on Dutch ancestors, Dutch surname equivalents and persons born in the Dutch East Indies. Together these three posts represent over 20% of the total page views.
Another boost for my traffic is the fact that I joined Sepia Saturday. Each and every week Alan, Kat or Marilyn select a picture. They leave it to the participants to interpret what they see. Subsequently the 'Sepians' create a post which they feel is worth reading for the others. It is a very happy crowd from all over the world that in turn visits all the other participants. Nine times out of ten people also comment. Part of the fun is that I hear of so many subjects of which I truly had never heard of before. Also it gives me an opportunity to write about small pieces of our family history.
Traffic figures may be important, they become insignificant if your blog is the vehicle of something meaningful to someone else. Two of my former colleagues enabled me to write several blogs about old KLM Royal Dutch Airlines pictures. In number 2 of that series "Saved from the dustbin" I published a picture of a Rotterdam family. Dad, Mum and 11 (!) children emigrated to California in April 1947. After doing some googling and further research, I found one of the children. She hardly had any pictures of their departure by KLM from Schiphol. And I had a total of 14! I have never received happier and more grateful emails. You may find those in the comments section of the fifth post in the Top-10 list.
|Most popular posts: top 10/2012||Page views|
|Dutch surname equivalents abroad||3,106|
|Our aircraft (12)||500|
|Born in Nederlands Indië/Dutch East Indies||343|
|Saved from the dustbin (2)||263|
|Saved from the dustbin (11)||245|
|Saved from the dustbin (8)||177|
|Onze vliegtuigen (4)||167|
Blog statistics 2011