2010 in review

04 Jan

WordPress sent me an interesting summary of my blogging from last year. I figured I might as well go ahead and share it here. Last week we talked about this on twitter, how most bloggers are scared to share their numbers with other bloggers as though they’re something to be kept hidden so we don’t die in shame or something because someone else has higher views than us.

So here you go, some hard numbers on Psynister’s Notebook. I’ll also share my thoughts on these numbers down below.

WordPress Review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 130,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 6 days for that many people to see it.

In 2010, there were 95 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 198 posts. There were 3 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 358kb.

The busiest day of the year was December 2nd with 903 views. The most popular post that day was Overlooked Changes.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,, Google Reader, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for darnassus rep, night elf druid forms, darnassus reputation, tauren druid colors, and druid form colors.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Overlooked Changes December 2010
19 comments and 1 Like on,


New Druid Forms: Color Charts July 2009
3 comments and 1 Like on,


Priest Leveling 4.0.1: Shadow 1-29 October 2010


Guides August 2009


Macro: Advertising Your Profession July 2009

Psynister’s Thoughts
I have more than one WordPress blog, and the first two notifications I got were on blogs other than this one. When reading the Crunchy Numebrs section up there where it related my blogs to real life examples I thought they were really cool. It made the blogs feel a lot bigger and more widely known than they seemed. When I read the one for the Notebook here it actually seems sort of sad. It starts off with big numbers and then says it would take 6 days… This blog completely blows the others away in terms of traffic, but the example actually makes this one seem dinky. It’s kind of funny, really.

I had 95 posts last year, which really seems like a lot considering I haven’t been posting all that frequently here lately, but I did have some big pushes earlier in the year so it makes sense, but it was still a bit surprising.

In the section for Where did they come from? it has one of my most frequently referred sites,, which has always seemed kind of odd. The links that I find in my list of referrers here all tie back to posts that were written 2-4 years ago, before I started blogging, that do not have links to my blog anywhere in them. I have no idea how people magically come from them to me though those pages, but apparently it happens and it happens a lot. I’m not complaining, just noting the oddity.

And as you can also see in that section, people are flipping crazy about finding the color combinations for their druid skins and getting reputation with the Night Elves. Do you want traffic? Blog about druids.

The section on Attractions in 2010 doesn’t surprise me much, it’s basically what I expected to see. I’ll point out that recently the post on Shadow Priests has been very, very popular. If you have suggestions for leveling Shadow Priest there are people who want to know. Mana issues are rampant right now for the SPriests, and people are looking for answers and suggestions.


Posted by on January 4, 2011 in Blog


3 responses to “2010 in review

  1. Vidyala

    January 4, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    I found these statistic e-mails to be pretty interesting; unfortunately mine are fairly useless since Manalicious has only been active since October and it considers Pugging Pally and Manalicious separately. I think the two of them could combine together to make one reasonably respectable blog, though.

    Happy new blog year! (Regardless of how many years it would take folks to see your exhibit at the Louvre, haha). I think it’s impressive!

  2. Cynwise

    January 4, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Druids, man. It’s all about Druids.


    • Psynister

      January 4, 2011 at 2:13 PM

      That’s right, Cyn. It’s all about the Druids.


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