Since I’ve started sharing my blogging stats and income reports, I thought it’d be fun to do a by the numbers post and look back at my 2014 blog stats as a whole. 2014 was an amazing year for a lot of reasons and the growth of my blog was a part of that. So let’s look at the numbers!
Overall pageviews: 206k (as of 9am on December 31st).
Overall sessions: 93k (remember sessions are unique visits from all users)
Overall users: 66k
What I think is so interesting from the image above is that you can really see how my blog has grown over the year. Let’s look at monthly pageviews:
- January: 6440
- February: 4548
- March: 5484
- April: 4843
- May: 5310
- June: 5658
- July: 7112
- August: 8580
- September: 15444
- October: 38325
- November: 57385
- December: (so far) 47480
I’ve talked about the viral post that blew my blog up in September and started it’s current trajectory, but it’s fun to see in visual form. The other numbers I’m interested in are average session duration and pages per session. Those numbers tell me how long people are staying on my blog and how many pages they are viewing. I’m not surprised to see that the average time is just over one minute since most people are coming to my blog via Pinterest — which means that they are looking at the post that got them over here and then peacing out. That is totally fine because that’s what happens when the majority of your blog traffic comes from Pinterest. (By the way, look for a new post soon on how Pinterest helped my blog get crazy traffic). I think that my blog’s design (where you have to click to get the full post) leads to the 2.21 pages per session.
Interestingly enough, when I looked at the year as a whole, I saw that my busiest days were Tuesdays, followed by Mondays and then Fridays. Remember when I looked at the month of November and found that I got the most traffic on Sundays? What I’m taking from this data is that as my pageviews grew, more people started checking out the blog on Sundays. However, this is a stat I’m going to continue to monitor closely. As far as busiest times on the blog, night times are by far the busiest. No surprise here, I already knew that and it’s consistent with how I’ve lately been pushing more posts in the evening hours.
Pinterest remains by far my biggest source of referral traffic. Twitter, Facebook, and Bloglovin are also good sources of referral traffic. However, Pinterest just knocks everything else out of the park — of the 93k sessions that my blog had in 2014, Pinterest was a referrer to over half of them. Thank you, Pinterest! I’m also proud that both Mar and Cynthia cracked my top ten referral source list. I love those ladies and am so happy to call them real life friends in addition to running and blogger buddies.
One last piece of nerdom: 46.4% of my blog readers are reading via a cellphone. 41% are reading via a computer and 12.6% are reading via a tablet. This makes me so glad my new blog design is optimized for mobile. If your blog is not, you probably want to make that move in 2015.
Thank you all for reading and being a part of my journey this year. 2014 was amazing and I’m so excited to see what 2015 brings. If you don’t subscribe to Eat Pray Run DC – you might want to go ahead and do so — you’re not going to want to miss what’s coming next year. Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve (and yes the Friday Five is happening this week — topic: goals!)