About this time every year I get a report from WordPress on how this blog performed in the past twelve months, and this year’s report came in yesterday. The numbers are very nice. In fact, a note with the report said that this is one of the top read travel blogs published on a daily basis. Not just RV travel, but travel in general.
According to the report, in 2014 the blog received about 700,000 visitors. To put that in perspective, the report said the Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. If the blog were an exhibit at the Louvre, it would take about 30 days for that many people to see it. That’s a lot of people!
Where did all of those blog readers come from? 166 countries in all, though most visitors came from the United States. Canada and the United Kingdom also provided quite a few readers. Some places surprised me, such as the 233 visitors from Russia, 15 from China, 114 from Thailand, and 34 from Vietnam.
Besides the visitor numbers, the report has some other interesting information, such as that I posted 365 blogs in the last year and never missed a day. I wish I could say that my school attendance record was that good.
Of those 365 days, the busiest day of the year was September 6th when the blog titled Snobs, Slobs, & Outright Idiots received 4,332 views.
Other popular posts were 15 RV Blogs You Should Be Reading, RV Fuel Mileage, What’s The Worst That Could Happen?, and 10 Myths About The RV Lifestyle. The most commented on post in 2014 was Sixteen Years.
We also get a lot of comments on the blog. The more active commenters in 2014 were Elaine Loscher with 127 comments, Jan Mains with 90 comments, Elizabeth (no last name given) with 79 comments, Nancy Kissack with 42 comments, and Dave W5, who made 40 comments.
People are always asking me what the secret to success as a blogger is, and I tell them that you must blog on a regular schedule to build a loyal audience. Once or twice a month won’t do it. You don’t necessarily have to blog every day like I do, but you have to blog often enough and on a regular schedule so your readers know when to expect something from you.
What do you write about? It depends on you and your readers. While this is an RV travel blog, those of you who read it regularly know that not every day is spent traveling or touring interesting places. So sometimes I write about our day-to-day life as fulltime RVers – how we spent a day at home when the weather was cold and gray, swapping our RV refrigerator for a residential model, visiting with friends, or whatever comes to mind. And occasionally nothing comes to mind so I cheat and throw together a list of favorite places we have visited, favorite RV blogs I read, and favorite two lane roads. I try to write at least 500 words for every blog, though sometimes I get wordy and go over 1,000. To put that in perspective, 500 words times 365 days equals 182,500 words. My Big Lake novels average a shade over 76,000 words, so the blogs come out to about 2½ – 3 novels a year.
And while I love sharing our lives with all of you everyday, let’s be honest, blogging is also a very important part of our business. The commissions from the ads in the blog contribute to our income stream, and when I announce I have a new book out, you wonderful people download a copy and tell your friends and family about it.
And what’s in store for the blog in 2015? More of the same, because what I’ve been doing seems to be working. But I have a couple of other things in mind that I might add to the mix. Maybe one day a week I’ll do a blog on 10 or 20 overlooked places, state by state, that you might find interesting. Something else I toyed with in the paper years ago that I’ve thought of reviving for the blog is a weekly feature on a different fulltime RVer, who they are, what their background is, how they got into fulltiming, how long they’ve been on the road and things like that. What do you think? Would either of those interest you?
And finally, before I close I want to thank all of you for reading the blogs every day, for your comments, and for your support. It’s nice to be a successful blogger, but it’s even nicer to know that this blog has made us so many friends in every corner of the country. There are times I get down, or frustrated, or unsure of myself and I come here to vent. And when I do, your comments and e-mails pick me right back up and help me get my head on straight again. Thank you for that, too. Terry and I appreciate each and every one of you.
Thought For The Day – Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value. – Albert Einstein