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Keeps Me Humble

The very few people who know that I blog sometimes ask me “How do you get such high statistics?”

The simple truth is, my very highest attracting post, even one year later, gets the most hits. It isn’t about the content, it’s about the birthday cake photo. How humbling is that?

WordPress allows us to look at our posts in terms of the last seven days, the last 30 days, the last quarter, the last year and all time. Because I love statistics and trends, and what numbers can tell us and how they can mislead us, I love it that WordPress has added all these features. (They have also added technical features that outstrip my abilities and my desire. I want to keep it simple – just writing on some days can be hard enough for me.)

So here is a look at my all time high scoring articles:

September 12, 2008 - Posted by | Blogging, Community, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Statistics, Technical Issue, WordPress


  1. How much of that is spam?

    Comment by Purgatory | September 12, 2008 | Reply

  2. Not so much now. WordPress is so good at screening them out.

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 12, 2008 | Reply

  3. That’s impressive… Well done… Keep on writing 🙂

    Comment by Bu Yousef | September 12, 2008 | Reply

  4. You are too kind, Bu Yousef. As you can see, it’s all birthday cakes, recipes, two references to porn. . . mostly fairly lightweight. Sigh.

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 12, 2008 | Reply

  5. I loved ‘The Olive Oil Scandal’ post.

    Your blog is one of the most interesting blogs out there, it deserves every single hit it gets.

    Comment by Yousef | September 13, 2008 | Reply

  6. It’s a mutual admiration, Yousef. I check into Some Contrast every day.

    Speaking of olive oil, have you noticed how many there are in the stores? I try to read all the labels, but how do we know who is telling the truth? I found one, it said “Gold pressing” and I don’t know if it meant cold-pressed (the best) or was an intentional mistake!

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 13, 2008 | Reply

  7. I check the labels every once in awhile but i can’t say who’s saying the truth either, they all seem genuine.. but after reading your article, I know they’re not. Best thing to do is have some syrian/palestinian contacts and have them send you their own farm’s pressings, thats what we’ve been doing 😉

    Comment by Yousef | September 13, 2008 | Reply

  8. and I think the ‘mistake’ is intentional.

    Comment by Yousef | September 13, 2008 | Reply

  9. You are right! And I have a Kuwaiti friend . . . hmmm, for a minute I thought “oh my God, maybe she is Yousef’s mother!” . . .but she has daughters not sons . . and she shares excellent Palestinian olive oil with me which she buys in like 5 GALLON containers and then divvies out to us. Oh! SO good, I save it for non-cooking, like salads, especially caprese / tricolore. Oh YUMMMM.

    Comment by intlxpatr | September 13, 2008 | Reply

  10. I know what you mean about graphs going out of control. I had about 400 for a top day (blogging about the dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan) and then I got “found” by for another 50 or so. I backtracked them, submitted my site and got 1990 in one day – to my home page. I don’t think I will ever see that again. But the site is very new and we are still working out our categories and such – so, things will improve, I am sure.

    This is a great site. I really like it. Thanks for sharing.

    Comment by Lesley Dewar | January 13, 2009 | Reply

  11. Yikes, Leslie, I tried to check out your site and got something called “Linked In” that you have to join. My all time highest day was when I printed something about how to view the Olympics, and somehow it got nearly 4,000 in one day, and I don’t think I will ever see another day like that, LOL, just a fluke, nothing that I have any control over! So I figure I might as well just have fun with all this and write what I want to write, and maybe someone else will respond. I always laugh at what people like – people write me in the background and ask how my cat is doing??!!

    Comment by intlxpatr | January 13, 2009 | Reply

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