I’m starting with the one that is the most straightforward to compile: a brief list (with a little commentary!) of my most-viewed posts, courtesy of my blog stats.
MY TOP 5 MOST-VIEWED POSTS OF ALL TIME!
1-More Thoughts on Conscious Uncoupling This one blows all the others out of the water – with almost twice the number of views of #2.
The high number of views and other types of engagement this post has received is, of course, testament to the power of the WordPress spotlight! It was featured on Freshly Pressed in June 2014. (And let me just say that, while I like the new Discover section – a lot, actually – I admit to a little nostalgia for the recently-ceased Freshly Pressed. Good memories there!)
It’s become clear to me, Freshly Pressed attention aside, that there’s a lot of interest in the topic of amicable divorce/conscious uncoupling. Which is nice for me! It’s a topic that comes up in my writing not infrequently, as it’s become a framework of my life.
I’ve realized that the conscious uncoupling approach is more than just a way to end a marriage. It’s also a way to approach life in general. It’s about being open to possibilities and creative solutions – and just kindness. It’s about actively and “consciously” choosing to live without limits and boxes.
I have lots more to say about this. Lots of future posts! This is one of the topics I want to write more about this year.
2-The 15 Songs You Should Be Listening To Right Now (courtesy of my 5-year-old daughter) I wrote this one soon after I’d registered my daughter for kindergarten. She’s now in the middle of first grade!!
I was noting in there:
“The baby/tiny child years go so slowly while they’re happening! (Maybe that’s something to do with the haze of perpetual sleep deprivation?). But they’re really not slow at all.”
Boy…that’s one of the truest things I’ve ever written.
3-Life Attracts Life I published this one originally in late-October 2014 – and it was something of a free-write. I was trying to work through some thoughts – thoughts that had begun to twist and spin around during a recent re-read of Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist.
My ideas were specifically related to one particular passage:
“I don’t know how to find life in the desert,” the boy said. “I know that there is life here, but I don’t know where to look.”
“Life attracts life,” the alchemist answered.
~Paulo Coelho, in The Alchemist
So, I wrote the post as a tool toward untangling my thoughts. I do that sometimes. Blogging is really helpful to me in that regard, and I utilize it for that purpose when I need to.
Of course, usually when I do that, I can count on what I’m writing to fall a little under the radar. Meandering, free-write-like posts, particularly on philosophical topics that require untangling, aren’t really that appealing to most readers…if you can believe that! 🙂
This post though…this one got a lot of hits. I don’t know why! It really didn’t deserve it.
Most of the views seemed to be coming from outside of the WordPress community – at least, as far as I can gauge that. And I’m not sure why that would be. Why would I get so many search-engine hits for this post? Is it the title? Did I just tag it really well? It’s all guesswork.
I got a little self-conscious, as time passed, with the number of readers, I admit. I mean, this was NOT my finest-written post by any stretch of the imagination! I fretted a bit about that for a while – and then finally, last June (so, about 8 months after the original posting), I overhauled the post and re-posted it, deleting the original content and leaving only a link to the new one one (so as not to totally destroy the search engine traffic.) And I waited to see what would happen.
Traffic has slowed – which lends some credence, I think, to my assumption that it WAS a search engine phenomenon. Deleting the content, even though I left the post title up and a link, seems to have affected things, search-engine-wise. Which makes sense.
It’s been interesting to note that some people that land on the original do click over to the revised version – so it’s not just bots landing on that original posting. (I had wondered about that.) But not everybody clicks over. And I don’t know what that means exactly. Does that mean that some of the hits were automated? Or that people just don’t care enough to pursue a blog post – like, maybe they didn’t know that’s what they were clicking on in the first place? So they land and look for a second and then go? Which makes me wonder how many people who have actually landed on the post have actually read it. Impossible to know!
As far as the revised post, it seems to draw almost all its traffic from the click-overs, not much on its own. And it hasn’t done significantly better within the WordPress community as the original! Which I find intriguing.
I wasn’t entirely happy with my re-write, I admit. So I’m tempted to give this post a third try sometime – just to see what happens. Maybe with a new title? Better tagging?
It’s basically a big experiment at this point!! We’ll see.
4-Some Thoughts on Conscious Uncoupling This post flew rather under the radar, I remember, when I first posted it. But I linked to it from its sequel, written a few weeks later – and that (as noted in #1 above) was ultimately Freshly Pressed. Consequently this one’s view numbers rose quite dramatically!
5-A Valentine’s Letter for the Person I’ve Never Met I wrote this one in February 2014 as something of a writing experiment – and in response to one of WordPress’s writing challenges. (That’s how the “letter” format came to be.) I was trying to figure out why I was finding Valentine’s Day so annoying that year – and also to figure out a little bit where I stood on the question of things-love.
It was a fun post to write, I have to say! The letter format got my imagination going. I was pleased with my finished result.
But wow…the level of views this one has seen has been a little embarrassing!
I don’t know why embarrassing, exactly – except for the fact that I was pretty honest in what I said in it…and I wasn’t really prepared for so many people to pay attention to me!
But I just read it again yesterday for the first time in a long time, to see if maybe I should cut or tweak parts of it. And I actually didn’t change anything. I do still feel slightly self-conscious about it – but it’s at least honest. And I can still stand by everything I said there. So it should stay as is, I think.
As far as the views: as with “Life Attracts Life” above (#3), it seems most of my traffic on this one has come from outside of WordPress. And I still get a fair amount of hits, which is interesting. Maybe there are simply more lonely hearts out there than I realize??
That actually makes me think about that Police song, “Message in a Bottle” – where the speaker is so lonely and so sends his “S.O.S. to the world” out via a message in a bottle. And then:
“I woke up this morning. I can’t believe what I saw. A hundred million bottles washed upon the shore. It seems I’m not alone, being alone.”
And if I’m veering into quoting songs, I should probably end this post!
I’ll leave you with a cover of “Message in a Bottle” that I like – more than the original, as it happens. (My apologies to any diehard Police fans I’ve just offended in saying that!):