Every year WordPress send out all their bloggers a stats report. Well, this is the second year. It makes vaguely interesting reading. For one, it shows that some people do actually visit my blog from time to time. A few of them stay long enough to lurk and read a bit. A choice selection of those leave a comment. Apparently, the Mexile received 2,000 more views in 2012 than in 2011 – 50,000 versus 48,000. Consistent.
Although far fewer people pass by this way than used to when I blogged from Mexico. Many months see just half the number of visitors compared to 2010. I guess there are many reasons for that. I’d built up a regular ‘readership’ over six years in Mexico, many of whom have little interest in the UK and sadly departed. There are fewer native English speaking bloggers in Mexico City. Here in the UK, I am one of millions. Mostly though, I blame Obama.
So what do people like to read on the Mexile? Politics is always popular. The only post that sneaked into the Top 5 in both 2011 and 2012 was Left Moderate Social Libertarian. There’s a post from back in 2006 too – what happened at Torre Mayor to bring so many Googlers here? But it was nice to see an Olympic related post at the top of the list.
Who comments? Congrats Kim, you are top of the pops. Another part of the stats shows Steve sent most visitors my way from his own blog. Most people came from the US, closely followed by Mexico and the UK. I write for fun and for profit. But the blog has become a little community too. I’ve met quite a few people through it. I’ve gotten out of a few minor scrapes with it. I’ve made a pretty decent financial profit from it over the years. Best of all I’ve made some good friends here.
In a few months, barring any unforeseen catastrophes, I will be blogging from Mexico City once again. Perhaps I’ll win back that lost readership. Next year, the Mexile will be 10 years old. In early June 2003 I put my first post up. Not, I confess, under the name ‘Mexile’. Nor was it even on a blogging platform. The website was my own design, self hosted and on the garydenness.com domain, rather than its current (cheaper!) .co.uk domain.
I moved it to a blogging platform, My Opera in 2005, naming it the Mexile. For about two weeks. I knew a British musician in DF, who had just released an album called The Mexile. I hastily renamed – Ay Caramba. In 2007, he left Mexico (ironically for Bournemouth, my current home town) and the Mexile name returned, now on Blogger’s blogging platform. I moved to WordPress in June 2009. But more of this story can wait till June, don’t you think? Click here to see the complete report.