I love statistics. I actually love all math, when I can understand it. I love (and hate) how rigid it is. All the guess work is taken out: if I put certain numbers in x, y, and z, I will get the same result every. time. Not like when working with people. Ugh. People suck.
Then statistics is math with a higher calling because meaning can be drawn out of it. Like in this exercise of seeing which of my posts were most popular in 2015.
The top post was “Last Words to my Dying Grandma.” Given this, we can assume that WordPress readers are morbid. We can assume that many people are interested in their grandmothers. Or we can assume that it’s hard to know what to say to a dying person. Grief is hard for many people, and actually, this would probably be a really good topic to on which to follow up.
My next top host is “Home page or archives,” and that doesn’t tell us anything, so let’s move on. After that is “What It Means To Date A Girl Without A Father.” This wasn’t even my post – it just directed people to a really good post. But, since its clicked on so much, we can assume that there are a lot of fatherless people out there. Which sucks.
The third top post is “4 Phrases That Should Die A Natural Death.” This was not my finest post, but it was the first time I made my own memes, which was fun and I like. Maybe I should make more memes. Or maybe the title was catchy. This post seemed like an outlier compared to the other four in that it seems little less serious or interesting, so I also looked at the Google search terms to see what people were searching for. “I see what you did there” (one of the phrases that should die a natural death) is the number one search term, and when I look at Google images, I see the one connected to my post, hence the high viewership, I suppose. (Thought it was not one I created, alas.) Moral of the story: Have cool memes.
The fourth top post was “Alphabet Alliteration.” I wrote this in 2013 and it has come up as one of my top five posts consistently. Another look at Google search terms showed that people searched for “alliteration” pretty regularly. Perhaps for school? For awhile, I tried to have an alliteration feature on my blog, (Location ‘Literation) just to see if it would attract people, but it didn’t and I didn’t like it too much. Still, I think we can surmise that alliteration and other verbal exercises are popular. Which makes sense, ’cause this is a blog.
The fifth top post was “Top 10 TV Shows or Movies.” I can understand wanting to look at that – Top 10 lists are fun. Hence my own Top 10 Tuesday.
I don’t feel like I have any greater insight pertaining to what people like. For those of you who have search your stats for information, how have you done?
Go to your Stats page and check your top 3-5 posts. Why do you think they’ve been successful? Find the connection between them, and write about it.
Source: The Stat Connection