Funny how time flies. But it's true, the Stamp Magazine Blog celebrates its first anniversary!
It feels like so much longer since we first started, and yet on the other hand I can't believe I've already written 52 blog posts. And all thanks to you, my dear and faithful readers! It's always a bit of a gamble whether other people will like what you do, even though I had (very infrequently) written my own blog before I embarked on this one. But it seems the blog does hit a note with you all, which is great.
So I'm glad to say we seem to be doing alright! The statistics show 19,821 page views up to now, which is some 1600 per month, so that is absolutely fantastic. Obviously, most come in through the Stamp Magazine website, but very high on the list of referring sites is Ian's Norvic Philatelics blog, so great to have you all here as well.
As far as the audience is concerned; again, I suppose it's obvious that most readers are situated in the UK. In second place we get loads of visitors from the other side of the pond, from the United States, with the Netherlands coming third. That may have something to do with the background of yours truly, so I should also really mention Canada, which comes just after that. Great to see, too, that maybe slightly more unlikely countries manage to enter the top 10 as well, with Ukraine on the number 10 spot being one of those. I don't think I've ever much featured Ukraine on the blog so remind me that I will make it up to you!
I always like keeping track on which posts are more popular than others. Apart from the very first 'Welcome' post, which I suppose is one many sites direct to automatically, it is the 'Canadian Beauties' post of 6 January which has come out on top.
In second place we have the 'Esperanto' post of 20 July, which literally raced up the ladder,
and in third place we have the 'Europa' post of 8 June.
All big hitters and popular subjects, but here, too, we see a few entries which may be a bit more surprising, such as the 'Abdullah, Ruler of Jordan' post of 2 March which takes up the ninth position.
Anyway, it's all good fun, these statistics, and I'm very glad that the blog will enter its second year in a healthy state. So here's to another successful year!
See yous later