2010: Catherine, Caffeinated in Review

If you use WordPress.com you probably got a lovely little e-mail on Sunday morning containing a summary of your blog stats, etc. for 2010. (Yet another reason to switch to WordPress, Blogger.com folk.) It might seem a bit on the self-congratulatory side to post these on here but as this was the first year of my little blog’s life, I’m unashamedly proud of my stats. And as I’m knee-deep in Novel No.2, it saves me the headache of writing an actual blog post…!


The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow*

Crunchy numbers

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About 3 million people visit the Taj Mahal every year. This blog was viewed about 29,000 times in 2010. If it were the Taj Mahal, it would take about 4 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 192 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 196 posts. There were 494 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 633mb. That’s about 1 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was September 1st with 546 views. The most popular post that day was The Big Reveal Part II: How Many Copies of MOUSETRAPPED Have I Sold?.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were twitter.com, facebook.com, mail.live.com, mail.yahoo.com, and Google Reader.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for catherine ryan howard, penguin submissions, charlie duke, penguin open submissions, and createspace timeline.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


The Big Reveal Part II: How Many Copies of MOUSETRAPPED Have I Sold? September 2010
29 comments and 3 Likes on WordPress.com


Penguin Open Their Doors to Unsolicited Submissions: Quick! Or, Wait! August 2010


POD Self-Publishing with CreateSpace: A Timeline March 2010
7 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,


SELF-PRINTING December 2009


How To Format Your E-Book (the Non Migraine-Inducing Way) September 2010
14 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com.


A Little Analysis…

Taking all this information into account, what would I say has been the most successful ways to blog? Well if you look at my Top 5 most read posts, you’ll see that all of them contain information that is potentially helpful to someone else. Loyal blog readers may love your personal posts and your take on things (book reviews, opinions, etc.) but when you produce a post like How To Format Your E-Book you reach people outside your normal subscribers – and possibly gain a few new ones in the process.

My “break-out” post was The Big Reveal on September 1st, when I outlined all the costs involved in self-publishing Mousetrapped and then went on to share exactly how many copies I’d sold and where from. This was by far my busiest day but daily hits never returned to the levels they’d been before that was posted; you can clearly see in the monthly hits the difference between Before and After.

Then there’s some things which just can’t be explained. A few months back I started blogging occasionally about coffee (putting the caffeine in Catherine, Caffeinated, I said at the time) and one of my posts was about my – now dust covered – Nespresso machine. In the post, I mentioned that George Clooney was in the Nespresso TV commercial. Do you know how many hits I’ve had thanks to people Googling “Clooney Nespresso”? Hundreds.

Looking forward, I’d say share any helpful information you have, post regularly and always tag your posts with suitable search terms. And happy blogging!

*For decorative and cheerleading purposes only. My Mousetrapped site – which gets a tiny fraction of the visits this one does – was “You’re On Fire!” on the Blog-Health-o-Meter™.

4 thoughts on “2010: Catherine, Caffeinated in Review

  1. diane says:

    Congrats on a great first year’s blogging! I loved my little WordPress email 🙂

    Mine showed though, that despite some more service-y posts recently, which were popular, the most popular posts I wrote were my more personal or more opinionated ones.

    It clarified something I’d been suspecting: that although blogging these days is often about “adding value” to “the conversation”, i.e. being helpful to others, those of us who got into it for the self-indulgence and need to share our (many) opinions have a place, too. I’m going to follow my heart much more this year, instead of writing about what I think people might want.

    Unless that approach ends up being a total disaster, of course… 😉

    • catherineryanhoward says:

      I know… Love WP. Don’t know how people can stand Blogger, although it’s a good place to start if you don’t know how. I especially love all WP’s talk of stat monkeys! 🙂

      Blogging is ALL about self-indulgence! Where else can you pontificate about things without anyone disagreeing with you (at least not right away.. and not to your face!)? I know I don’t follow any blogs that don’t have some personal aspect to them, and why would I? Boring! 🙂

      This year for my blog is going to be interesting, but I won’t be self-publishing a book. What the f-k am I going to blog about? Still haven’t figured it out. Unless of course, the Publishing Fairies deliver me a book deal…

      (Fingers, toes, hair, etc. crossed)

      • diane says:

        I think the publishing fairies have a duty to deliver you a book deal, in that case! But I’m sure you’ll find something to blog about either way. And feel free to self indulge 🙂

        God yes, WP is so much better than Blogger, I plan to move to .org this year, too. I’m excited for the plugins! (Um, dorky, much?)

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