Blogiversary Math

It’s hard for me to believe, but my fourth blogiversary is already here! It’s so crazy that I’ve been writing about my adventures for so long, and that so many of you have joined the journey. Many of you have even been here since Day 1, and I’m amazed and grateful that you’ve stuck around. You’ve all been an incredible source of support, advice, hilarity, and general awesomeness over the years.

To celebrate, I did what I do best- I analyzed some numbers. Enjoy a few charts of this blog!

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I thought this one was interesting! Visitors and views have both increased steadily over time even though the number of posts per year has declined. My hypothesis is that the content has gotten more relevant- while I did enjoy my lesson recaps, those didn’t encourage as much interaction as some of my more recent posts.

Based on the average % change in visitors and views (excluding the jump from 2015 to 2016, which was abnormally high), I can aim for roughly 37k views and 13k visitors in 2019. I mean, as long as I can maintain some decent quality of content, no pressure.

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This one isn’t too surprising for me. Basically the number of comments I get on each post is fairly steady, but the number of comments per visitor and per view has gone down. I interpret this to mean that there are a fewer number of people commenting, but those people that do are more active. Like I said- not surprising. I don’t have the largest following, but those of you who stick around are a frickin’ fantastic group that I get to chat with a ton.

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These are all the countries I’ve been able to reach over the last few years! My readers are predominantly in North America (consistently about 93% of my traffic), with roughly 4-5% of you in Europe, and the rest of you coming from all over the rest of the globe. Hi everyone!!

Some of the links you all have clicked on most often from here:

My trainer/barn’s website
Instagram
The Printable Pony
The 900 Dollar Facebook Pony
In Omnia Paratus
Amateur At Large
Guinness on Tap

And some of the ways you have found me:

Fraidy Cat Eventing (aka everyone’s favorite blogroll)
A Enter Spooking
The 900 Dollar Facebook Pony (apparently the link-love is reciprocal)
Instagram (weird how linking between my accounts actually works, right?)

Some of my most popular posts by views:

2015: How to Groom Your Gray Horse
2016: Setting the Record Straight (which I didn’t even write you guys, come on)
2017: How to be a Better Horse-Show-Boyfriend (seriously guys?! After all I do for you, you like him more than me?! Uncool)
2018: What I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know (Finally. Thank you.)

And some of my most popular posts by comments:

2015: First Time XC Schooling
2016: The Maybe-Not Forever Home
2017: HITS Culpeper: Commonwealth National 2017
2018: Show Recap: WEC 9

And not to get sappy at you, but the fact that these are the ones you’ve commented on the most makes me so happy. Most of these were really big adventures and you guys were so awesome and encouraging about them.

A lot has changed in the past four years: I’ve moved (three times), gotten married, changed my name, changed jobs, bought The Best Horse(TM), traveled all over for shows, tried new adventures with the Frankenbean, and have learned more than I could’ve imagined. This blog and the community I’ve found with all of you has been a wonderful constant, and I’m so excited to keep sharing the adventures with you!

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From 2015…
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…to 2019 and on. Cheers to 4 fantastic years! PC- Liz Stout Photography
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13 thoughts on “Blogiversary Math

  1. Emily 01/08/2019 / 8:28 am

    Love it! Congrats on 4 years of blogging, and all the growth within those years.

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  2. Liz 01/08/2019 / 9:03 am

    I love data posts like this! And I just bopped back to the ‘how to groom grey horse’ post and yeah. Crying is basically what I do all the time. There is no hope when it’s winter and you don’t have a fancy wash stall with warm water.

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    • hellomylivia 01/08/2019 / 9:29 am

      Hooray for fellow data nerd! And omg Grif. Just a few more months til we can break the hose back out hahaha

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  3. Tracy 01/08/2019 / 9:48 am

    I remember when I first found your blog! It’s been an amazing journey — thank you so much for sharing it with us!! ❤

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    • hellomylivia 01/08/2019 / 9:50 am

      You were one of the very first people I met through blogging! Such a fun couple of years it’s been ❤

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  4. martidoll123 01/08/2019 / 11:31 am

    I love following you, I came late to the party but am here to stay!! Congrats on 4 great years blogging! (And on having Frankie now I love him)!

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    • hellomylivia 01/08/2019 / 1:20 pm

      I’m so happy to have you here!! And Frankie is happy to have another person to love him ❤

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  5. Stacie Seidman 01/08/2019 / 2:58 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!
    Love all the stats. Blogger isn’t super generous in the stats department which is annoying. But it’s so easy to use I’ll probably never change.
    Anyway, looking forward to the continuing adventures of you and Frankie!

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  6. Rachel - For Want of a Horse 01/10/2019 / 1:12 pm

    13k visitors?!?! I think I have like 5. LOL! I have loved getting to know you, the Dragon Mare, and the Best Horse(TY) through your blog. You have both great content and you present it in such a fun and easy way. Keep it up and I can’t wait to keep reading!

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    • hellomylivia 01/10/2019 / 1:14 pm

      Aahhh thank you so much for the sweet words!! I feel so lucky that I found such an awesome niche in the horse blogging world ❤

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