Gosharootie. I just logged into my dashboard this morning for a look under the hood of PPM and to what to my won’dring eyes did appear, but a badge proclaiming that I’d been blogging on WordPress for a stately dozen years now! On one hand, it seems like only yesterday that I made the decision that it was time to get all of the copy that filled my head with every moment spent listening to music out of my skull and onto a screen so that I [or anyone else] could read it. And on the other hand, it also feels like I have been writing frantically during my lunch hours since I was a lad. What stories do the stats tell us?
- Number of posts: 2,470
- Number of page views: 904,274
- Number of comments: 17,550
- Number of visitors: 331,763
Hmm, PPM is closing in on nearly a million page hits, but that’s small change for the web. Professional bloggers would scoff at such numbers. My stats will never be stratospheric due to my recoiling from Social Media usage. And I’m fine with that. I’m not blogging out of megalomania. Just my ardor for music! If anyone wants to read it… it’s there. And I always allow commenting. The Askismet anti-spam is about 99.99% accurate, so there’s no reason to limit discourse.
The month-by-month page its stats show the story of how PPM was a tiny, unlit corner of the web for the first half of its lifespan with very modest readership. Then, things began to pick up about seven years ago.
But that table is hard to read the trends from. A bar graph more capably shows three discrete eras for PPM, with leaps between 2016-2016 and especially 2019-2020. Who knows what the future holds. There’s nothing I can point to that would account for such growth spurts, but we’ve seemed to have plateaued of late.
The 16 most popular posts are shown above, but the numbers are deceiving. Because every day a post is published, it’s identified as the “home page” and those hits are calculated separately, What the numbers show here was how many times the posts in question were loaded when they were off the home page position. The Human League post popularity was probably down to Pitchfork posting to the post from a LCD Soundsystem [huh?] post they ran. The Cars post was linked to from a classic car forum because it showed the reference photos used to paint the cove of “Candy-O!”
In the last years I can see a lot of traffic sent from FaceBoot but I have no way of knowing what page exactly on that site was sending traffic. There’s also Twitter referrals, but they are a fraction of FaceBoot. There are other sites that I see traffic from, but reciprocal linking is a lot harder than it used to be on the web. In many instances, you have to be logged in to a particular ecosystem to do that. The referral links I’m probably proudest of are from The Guardian. That’s a site I spend more time on than Discogs! And having a link from Malcolm Garret’s home page is something that any graphic designer would swoon over. Vanity Fair was also unusual. As was Wikipedia, where there are a surprising number of links. Well, it sure wasn’t me! I’m too busy blogging. And we’re not slowing down in the foreseeable future with our usual 933 words [on average] per post, to the tune of roughly 205 posts per year.