Another year is coming to an end, fifth year of our blogging adventure – hard to believe! Nice pretext for some stats, recapitulations, general musings. Something that can be written during the short brakes in cleaning and baking, and family reunions 😉
Piotrek: It’s been a very interesting year, both for the Re-E, and in my reading life. My TV/movie watching patterns have changed, perhaps because now I have to negotiate such things… I even have a Christmas Tree at home, for the first time since I moved out of my parents’…
I even like it 🙂
Ola: It’s also pretty interesting overseas, with summer in full swing. Christmas on the beach is quite unusual, but very pleasant, and a deal more sporty than in wintry cold of Mitteleuropa 😉 The Christmas tree this year is rather small, but pohutukawas are blooming, and the waves are good!
Now, some stats that WordPress gives us for the year (as of 12/28). And we have to say, for our humble blog it’s been a very good year! So far, we had 8082 views from 3775 visitors, and published 47 posts (including this one). Against 5834 views and 2387 visitors from 2018, it’s a marked improvement 🙂 We did not manage to post, on average, once a week, like then, but I’d say it’s still quite a nice output. We’re especially proud of August, the first month ever with over a thousand views. Yay us!!
Number of likes (974) and comments (whooping 1343!) also broke all previous records. Three most discussed posts were Bookish Heavenly Virtues (53 comments), Soldiers Live (52 comments) and Bookish Deadly Sins (50 comments), with many more not far behind. We are very proud of the first one, as it’s the very first tag of our own design 🙂
Most views were from the US, our native Poland, and the UK, with Canada and New Zealand close behind. Thank you all!
We’ve also been gathering more followers, and are now hovering around the 200 mark.
What were the most popular posts? Ola’s The Dream Master’s review, by far, despite being quite old – online since September 2016. Its popularity is mostly owed to Google, as it pops up on the first page of search results, but you, our fellow bloggers, might want to check this one out, and leave a comment, because it’s definitely the final word on that book, nobody dared challenge Ola’s conclusions so far 😉
Piotrek’s review of Naomi Novik’s In His Majesty’s Service is still in the top three, despite being an even older, 2015 posting. Then, the first text from 2019, our inaugrational Nostalgia post, Robin of Sherwood. A rather harsh view on this TV classic, but apparently quite a popular one 🙂 All in all, the Nostalgia series we started this year was received quite warmly, and we managed to unearth a good few 80’s and 90’s classics, from Willow and Batman: TAS to old Star Wars and Star Trek, to the celebration of the late Sir Terry Pratchett’s genius. We’ll try to bring in a few more gems next year :).
We celebrated the Tove Trove event organized by Paula with a Moomins post , which turned out to be a sleeper hit with over a 100 visits – as was our contribution to Robertson Davies Reading Week organized by Lory, mainly the review of Fifth Business.
The most liked posts were this year’s reviews of Marie Brennan’s A Natural History of Dragons and, ironically enough, Ola’s only 2019 DNF, Charles A. Fletcher’s A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World.
As for LinkedIn visitors, our posts this year received anywhere from 20 (the most recent entries) to 180 views (the older ones, from about half a year ago – previous stats are sadly unavailable), but the most popular were the non-bookish ones, which confirms earlier trends: our review for Avengers: Endgame and the finale of the TV series Game of Thrones each got nearly 180 views.
All in all, there’s a marked improvement year to year, despite us having less time to devote to the endeavour, and it makes us very happy!
As for the analysis of our personal reading adventures this year, let’s just say that another post is coming soon 😉
And finally, thank you all for your cherished company, wonderful discussions and plenty of inspirations! We’re much richer for it, even if our pockets are not 😀