Seven years and counting

Seven years ago, March 19, 2010, this blog was born. I’ve done fairly involved anniversary posts before, but I’ve occasionally let the day slide with nary a peep. 

This will be one of them in-between posts; long enough to bother some, and not covering enough to satisfy the curiosity of others. 

We begin with two versions of a photo from our 2008 Fall colors tour; one as shot, and one modified by Topaz Impression Plugin. 

. . . and continue with a few statistics about this here blog.

Seven years translate into 84 months, or 2,557 days, or 61,368 hours, or 3,682,080 minutes, or 220,924,800 seconds. Mind you, these numbers are based on the assumption the day is over and passed. If you are reading this on the 19th, those numbers are slightly inflated.

What transpired during all them seconds? Well, I got older. Uglier, too. Perhaps, meaner. But also:

This is the 1,651st blog post. I have 1,082 followers. I have an additional 19 e-mail followers (people who don’t have blogs). Before people get too awed by my horde of followers, know only about ten or so readers comment with any regularity. As far as actual visitors . . .  

. . . roughly 32% of people who see the blog actually visit. 

What does that mean? I’ll tell you, but first another couple of photos. 

These photos will resonate more with people in the Southern hemisphere as they head into their fall season . . . 

Anyway, 32% . . . it means that for each ten visitors (readers), only three actually came to the blog itself. None of that tells me how many people read what I write. I suspect mighty few. Most visitors read my blog via the Reader. The Reader does not usually show the complete post, although it currently does. Meaning, most people just look at the featured photo and a few paragraphs at the beginning of each post.

Here is the breakdown of views and visitors over the last seven years:

Views and Visitors per year

Views per month

Average views per day (for each month)

I’m reasonably certain — as opposed to “pretty sure” — many readers are now ready for another set of photos as all these numbers don’t mean squat to them. 

Again, two versions of the same photo, the second one treated with Impressions. 

A loose goal for this blog — aside inflating my already megaginormous ego — is getting at least one view from each country in the world. 

Here’s the current situation . . . 

The Americas are nearly there, but Cuba and the Falklands still resist my considerable charm. 

I’ve conquered Europe and the Russian Federation, but Asia has a few holdouts . . . North Korea is apparently busy with something besides reading my blog. Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan just plain don’t like me. 

The African Continent seems overly indifferent to my goal. The only thing making sense is that they are boycotting me. They should know by now that boycotting does not work and it especially won’t work on me. I’ve extended the proverbial olive branch, but the gesture was not reciprocated. Sad. 

There are a few other notable holdouts. Greenland continues to rebuff any attempt toward diplomacy and an exchange of ideas and goods. Papua New Guinea — a place I had completely forgotten even existed — has been depriving itself both from my photography and amazing fiction. Not to mention, my insightful comments on the human condition (currently, fornicated). 

Lastly, I don’t know what’s up with Svalbard. Technically under Norwegian rule, it has not followed Norway’s example of delighting in that which is me. Their loss, I suppose.

Greenland . . . sure would like to get Greenland, you know, before it melts away.

The World of Stuff Readers map on the sidebar gives a better breakdown of the visitors, but the records only go back to October of 2015, when they changed their site. They were supposed to load the older data, but so far they have not. Those maps give you the ability to choose the time period but to also “zoom in” to individual countries. and states and show the approximate location (based on the ISP) of the visitors. It only counts visitors. Note that by default, the view that comes up is for the current month. You can change the range of dates to your liking . . . if at all interested. 

Here are another couple of photos . . . 

There are two other metrics I used to check and report on . . . the Global and US rank and how much the site is worth. 

The 2015 ranking had me at 6M and 754K respectively for the ranking. Unfortunately, I could only get the global rank vor this year . . . 

So, I improved 4M from last year but dropped 1.4M from two years ago. I guess I am both happy and sad. Or, maybe, I don’t care. 

I have to say that because my Google Page Rank dropped from 2/10 to 0/10. Zero. Ouch!

However, the worth of my blog went up a bit. It was $21 in 2015, and now . . . 

This calls for a celebratory burst of photographs! Five different versions of the same photo . . . combined total: $139.

Can’t make my mind up as to which of the next two I like best . . .

These next two show more extreme post-processing using a combination of Impression and Glow plugins from Topaz. 

And so we come to the end of yet another post. I’m sure this has been boring for most, but it helps me keep track of my year-to-year failure to engage the unwashed hoards despite the liberal use of both photos and words. 

My words still consistently fall well short of my photos when it comes to drawing readers to the site. 

Speaking of photos, you can click on the photos for a larger version. You can also go to the SmugMug gallery HERE.

Plus, there will be a gallery at the end of the post. That’s for the few readers who prefer to bypass my words . . . and, as I write that, it occurs to me this notice might have been more useful to such people if positioned at the beginning of the post. 

Here are my last two photos . . . 

Occasionally, I come across a song that gets my attention. This is *gasp* Country Western, something I don’t normally listen to but I happened to hear it in a concert broadcast on PBS. 

A reincarnation song, as far as I can tell, but I like the music. Of the four, I think Waylon has the best voice, at least in this version. 

OK, here’s the gallery . . . 

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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37 Responses to Seven years and counting

  1. Happy anniversary Emilio! A lot of work has gone into it over the years that’s for sure. Beautiful fall photos :)

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  2. GP Cox says:

    I’m at 4 1/2 years at the moment – if I were ever to achieve 7 years – I’d be screaming it from the rooftops!! Congratulations!

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  3. desleyjane says:

    This amused me. Thank you. Congrats on seven years, that’s quite a feat. I have perhaps misunderstood visitors versus views. I thought if I had 20 visitors and 100 views then each visitor viewed multiple pages. Is that wrong?

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    • disperser says:

      Amusement is my goal.

      So, visitors versus views . . . yes, a single visitor looking at multiple pages will bump up the number of views. However, views are also registered if the post is clicked on the Reader. Some posts can be read in their entirety on the Reader. Other posts, like mine, only show a portion of the full content and anyone wanting to read the rest has to visit the blog itself.

      Also, as near as I understand — but this is fuzzier — there are “crawlers” or automated searches that can, depending how they come to your content, count as views without anyone actually viewing anything. All of this is in a constant state of flux and different sites may count views/visitors/unique-page-views differently. What I just told you is what was explained to me last year or so by WordPress support, and I don’t know if it’s still valid.

      To give you an example, for a period of one week late last August, my views got a huge spike for this 2012 post:
      https://dispersertracks.com/2012/04/01/devils-tower-north-dakota-raid-and-drive-home/

      I had 1,700 views on just that post. I tried looking up if anything made the news or if for some reason the Tower was in the public eye, but there was nothing special about that week. The number of visitors was just slightly greater than usual, but not much. So, either the same people came back multiple times, or something else was cranking up the numbers. Given the post was four-year-old and would not show up on the reader, and given that it had never shown to be a “hot” post, my thinking is that some glitch drove a crawler to keep hitting it.

      The views ceased as quickly as they started.

      So, in conclusion, the only thing I look at, when I look at anything, is the number of visitors.

      We could also get into likes and follows as those have their own unique and frustrating nuances, but I’ve written about those before.

      Thanks for reading.

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      • desleyjane says:

        Ok thanks for the explanation. Let me add one thing. On my iPhone, I can read your entire post in my Reader.

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      • disperser says:

        Yes, that is a recent problem that came to light. I’m discussing it with WordPress as we speak.

        It looks like they made a change I was not aware of. I’m looking into how to stop that from happening. It could be that it’s no longer possible, but I do see other sites that work like mine used to. They look to be business sites, and it may be that my Premium membership no longer offers that option.

        That will prompt me seriously looking into finally doing my own site. I would still likely use the WordPress software (WordPress.org as opposed to WordPress.com) but it gives me more control over what I do.

        Alternatively, I could divorce myself completely from WordPress. We’ll see how it goes.

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  4. Congratulations on seven years. I read from an SEO expert that most bloggers quit after three years. You’re doing better than most! As usual, great photos. I enjoyed them. (Little bit of eye-glazing at the stats but am impressed you put so much work into them.)

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    • disperser says:

      As I mention in the post, the stats are there to provide me a quick historical reference when I look back a few years from now. There’s not much work to get them. Most are from WordPress and readily available. A few come from quick Google searches.

      The photos take a lot more time than the writing or the digging for the eye-glazing numbers.

      Thanks for reading.

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  5. sandra getgood says:

    Happy Anniversary!

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  6. oneowner says:

    As someone who used and relied upon statistics almost my entire professional life, I almost never look at the WordPress stats. The stats are of little use to me since they don’t influence anything I like to post. A few years ago I read that WordPress users would have a greater audience if they use keywords (tags and categories) and searchable phrases within posts and thereby get more visitors. I used a variety of phrases and words like “naked alpine skiers” and “news for the very weird”, etc. but I didn’t notice any difference in visits. But, as you know, there’s no such thing as a failed experiment. However, congratulations on your anniversary.

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    • disperser says:

      A quick perusal of my track record should dispel any notion I’m chasing views. When told my posts were “too long” I made it a point to increase the number of photos and length of posts. Despite the low readership of my fiction, I continue to post it. Despite the even lower readership of my opinion pieces, I still rage against windmills that cross my path.

      When I read what it takes to have a successful blog, I I work to uncheck all the tried and true methods used to draw readers. Except for photos and humor. Those are a part of me, so they continue to make appearances.

      I do want to connect with interesting, articulate, and intelligent people and so far I’ve managed to accomplish that goal.

      . . . I just wish some of them lived in Greenland . . .

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  7. Congrats on your 7th anniversary! Your blog was born seven months before mine.

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  8. YAY!!! HAPPY 7th WordPressversary!!! YAY!!! :-)

    I’m so glad you’re here! Your words/thoughts/opinions, writing/stories, photos, etc., and your comments on my posts, make WP a wonderful place to be! :-) So, please keep blogging! It IS worth all the effort, time, and heart you put in to it! :-)

    Compared to my stats…yours are impressive. (Ha! I have piddly stats. :-D )

    Your tree photos and the effects you have upon them are spectacular! I love trees! You photos bring back memories of when I lived at 6800 feet and in autumn the aspens, standing tall among the pine trees, would turn all shades of yellow, orange and brown…SO beautiful to see!

    Good song for a Sunday afternoon! I am not a country music lover per se…but I do enjoy a few artists like Johnny, Waylon, etc. and some Willie songs.

    Recently I watched Roy Orbison and Friends: A Black and White Night. Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits, T Bone Burnett, Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, etc. joined with Roy, singing his songs. It was interesting and enjoyable.

    7 Anniversary HUGS!!! :-)

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    • disperser says:

      Thank you, and as I mentioned in the above comments, I appreciate the high quality of readers who grace my blog with their presence, so thank you for that as well.

      As for stats, you should know that a large number of followers are businesses or individuals trying to sell stuff. Also, a large number of views are from people who barely glance at the posts.

      You, on the other hand, have a highly engaged readership, and for that, you should be proud. I may have more views and followers, but I don’t come close to the number of people who engage with each of your posts.

      And yes, I do miss the aspens, especially when they turn.

      As for CW music, some of the old stuff is good and to my liking, but it doesn’t bear much resemblance to CW of today.

      Here’s another one I like:

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      • Great song! I enjoy his voice. It’s so interesting…I was just thinking of Tom T. last week and was I listening to his song “I Love”. :-)
        Hope you and Melisa had a good weekend! Man, the weekend sure do fly by!
        HUGS!!! :-)

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      • disperser says:

        The only way I track weekends is that we don’t see as much traffic in the morning when we go walking.

        Thanks and same to you . . . sorry you have to go back to work tomorrow (today?)

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  9. Surely there must be someone else In Australia who’s had a look at your stuff besides me? Over 3000 hits from Oz?

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  10. mvschulze says:

    Seven! As I get older, despite trying to stop it, time and the sense of time seem to diverge logarithmically. I feel like Sunday nights come and go every three days or so. And interestingly, (to me at least) I recall turning seven, my favorite number at the time, and then, it took forever to arrive. So I would bet the past seven years has gone by pretty quickly for you, certainly not implying an age relation, but more so because of the obvious pleasure you’re having!
    Congratulations, thanks for all the interesting insights, photos….and the other stuff. M :-) Oh…and what does Visit Depth mean in the charts? The data is certainly robust, even showing me that people living in my vicinity are followers. AHHHH! Nice! M ☺

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  11. happy anniversary and I just discovered ( because I’m a bit out of it most days)your name is Emilio!! Great name!

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  12. PiedType says:

    Happy Anniversary! Those numbers represent a lot of work.

    Love that fifth photo. Looks like an abstract painting with luscious warm colors.

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    • disperser says:

      Thanks . . . it’s a labor of procrastination. Doing this keeps me from doing truly productive stuff like solving humanity’s problems and saving kittens, puppies, and babies.

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