I can say only one thing about 2009, now that I’ve had a few hours to get adjusted to it — it certainly is windy!
Michael suggested that I take a look at my stats for 2008. Here are a few basics:
- There were 390 posts and 865 comments.
- December closed with an even 58,900 views. The month with the least number of views was April, when only my neighbor, Chris, knew I was playing with the idea of a news site. The top month, with 13,350 views, was November, which also saw the highest trafficked day, Nov. 5, 2008, with 939 views. What was drawing everyone’s attention?
- 1,134 people apparently got to the blog, said “Who the hell is this?” and clicked “About.”
- The top post was “What work to rule means — and why” with 747 views. The second, based purely on the cartoon image, is “Behind the scenes” with 452 hits, followed by “Confirmed: Sebastian’s is closed for good” with 397 views. For the moms on the blog, who totally horrified the men — yes, the review of the American Girl Store came in fourth.
- The most commented-on post was “What work to rule means — and why” with 24 comments, followed by “Contains recycled material” and “The Powerpoint from hell” with 22 comments each. And again — sorry guys — the fourth most-commented on post was the review of the American Girl Store.
- I’ll attempt to tally up comments at some point — there are 44 screens of comments and no way to figure out who commented the most without handcounting — but Commuteaholic and Michael were the first people to actually comment, which turned the blog from a pleasant diversion into (nerdy Harry Potter reference)Tom Riddle’s journal(/nerdy Harry Potter reference) for me.
- The top referrer to the site is the Google Reader — thanks f0r putting me in your reader, guys! — followed by the Word Press tag “Wesley Nault.” I know you’re all scratching your heads over that one, how soon we forget — that’s the Blackstone designer who was the second cut on the last cycle of Project Runway? Remember, he wore shorts all the time? Anyone?
- Google and Word Press aside, the top site referrer is Train Stopping. Do I have to reiterate how reading that site is a must for any commuter or anyone with an interest in the Mass Pike or the T? Train Stopping even edged out Google in referrers.
- Other blogs linking here with high stats: Randell Ramblings, The Greany Drive Blog and Wormtown Taxi.
- What did I do in return? I sent 308 people to my former work blog, 145 to Greany Drive and only 126 to Train Stopping which… doesn’t look right to me at all, really. I see people clicking on Train Stopping a few times a day, and that doesn’t even include the days when I directly link to posts there. This is the only table that doesn’t seem to be adding up.
- Top search terms leading to the blog: various take on “greater grafton blog,” “greater grafton,” and “grafton blog.” That stupid cameraman accounts for 345 searches. A lot of people are looking for information about the Grafton & Upton Railroad, Sebastian’s Restaurant, Romey’s Gourmet and Natalie Lashmit.
All that being said, what posts did I like the most this year?
- It was an… interesting fall for me and I appreciate your support while I coped with being an Unemployed dinosaur who found herself Unassimilated.
- A giant stone tower snuck up on me in Grafton’s saddest graveyard.
- I have to mention this one, because everyone references it when I admit to writing the blog: my romance with Kay Whynot.
- I know, everyone remembers the Powerpoint from fall Town Meeting, but what about the terrorist deer? “I don’t need a microphone! You can hear me all just fine!”
- And my first Town Meeting, the moment I realized I didn’t have an editor breathing down my neck and could write about what I was actually thinking when a useless debate went on a little too long.
- A boring morning becomes magical when a story falls out of the sky.
- RIP, Birdbrains.
- Who knew Life magazine covered Grafton?
- I went on a rant about the lack of daily news coverage in town at the bus stop one morning and, a few days later, ended up posting this.
- The dog who ate Christmas.
New Year’s Resolutions? I think they’re going to have to include doing something beyond watching selectmen’s meetings on TV. We’re cutting ties with Charter next week and, sadly, Verizon doesn’t carry local access stations yet. I may have to leave the house…