After reading this title, the first question that pops into your mind is probably: “What on earth is this post about?”
We must admit a mea culpa for using a mysterious title to lasso you, but there is a tie-in between the title and the subject of the post which is: the vagaries and mysteries of blog post popularity.
Some of you may recognize a part of title of this post. When we moved to Georgia after returning from an RTW, we wrote a post entitled “Out with the Old, In with the New.” This post was intended to be a short, humorous piece about our trip to the DMV to get new drivers’ licenses and plates for the car. For our non-American readers DMV stands for Department of Motor Vehicles, or as we like to call it – the Department of More Vexation.
Our recent trip to the Kentucky DMV got us to thinking about this old post, and we were reminded of what, for us, is one of the biggest mysteries in our blogging lives. This post was surprisingly popular and in our 3+ years of blogging, it’s still in our top 5 list for number of views – and the big riddle is why?
Lots of bloggers, us included, do year-end wrap-ups of their top 10 for the year, and while they’re an interesting summary, most people seem to be surprised by some of the posts on these popularity lists.
We’ve found in our blog that in some cases, a spike in popularity is easily explained. For instance: the recent disastrous earthquakes in Kathmandu created an uptick in the views of our Nepal posts.
The interest in downsizing and smaller houses has made our Savannah’s Tiny-Cottages post one of our workhorses.
And the 400 million people infected each year with dengue fever churns up a big audience for our series on James’ experience with the fever.
And then there are the inexplicable entries in the popularity contest. In addition to the DMV post, another of our top posts is about a trip to the Baltic states. The post, entitled “Monopoly: Gotta Love Baltic Avenue,” tied together the trip as well as some history and trivia of the popular board game Monopoly. This post keeps plugging away, week after week, month after month, to stay near the top of our list.
Like most bloggers, we do our best to make our posts appealing, so looking at past successes provides some useful indicators. We’re happy when our efforts are rewarded with lots of views for our posts, but admittedly, these head-scratcher posts don’t do much to improve the process.
Do you have a dark-horse post that’s perplexing? We’d love to hear about it.
Oh – and in case you missed the title tie-in: we moved from Georgia (the “Peach State” plate) …
… to Kentucky (the “Horse Capital of the World” and its “Unbridled Spirit” plate).
And that, friends, is how we traded a peach for a pony.
James & Terri