This week we had our 600,000th visitor to A Pilgrim In Narnia! Was it you? I honestly have no way of knowing, and I’m a little afraid of the global attention you’d receive if I could publish that news. Fame can be a crushing thing, you know. Nonetheless, I do appreciate your engagement as readers, commenters, sharers, writing partners, and guest bloggers over the past 7 years.
- Coincidentally, this is actually my 800th post!
- Wow. Some rough math suggests that my blog is now longer than The Lord of the Rings (though with fewer orcs).
- The Inklings & Arthur series this spring, featuring Sørina Higgins’ edited volume, was the most popular series ever, though over time posts on The Screwtape Letters and the 70th-anniversary Great Divorce series in 2014-15 have gathered more hits.
- My first month of posting, August 2011, resulted in a whopping 190 hits. Now A Pilgrim in Narnia gets 12,000-17,000 hits per month, depending on the time of year (summer is always quieter, winter fall-winter always the most active).
- Though Twitter and Facebook drive reader engagement, almost half of my traffic comes from Google. See my “Fun With Stats” series (here and here) for more comments along that line. If you are thinking of getting into blogging, make sure to read my post, “The 5 Most Common Mistakes Bloggers Make.”
- I just passed 1GB of data on the blog; I don’t know what that means, but it seems like a cool statistic.
- The top site that jumps from mine (other than Youtube) is Arend Smilde’s resource site, www.lewisiana.nl; other popular sites include the LOTR Project, Joel Heck’s site, and Inklings Bloggers.
- My very first post took me 2 months to have the courage to write. I registered A Pilgrim in Narnia 7 years ago last week and finally wrote my first post in August, 2011. The first post was a short one on Lewis’ letter-writing, coming out of reading Letters to an American Lady at the beach. More recently, since I kind of liked it, I rewrote that piece (see here). I remain fascinated by Lewis’ letters, going so far as to count them once.
- I’m embarrassed to say my most popular post is still “50 Shades of Bad Writing,” but the other most popular posts are Lewis, Tolkien, and Fantasy-related blogs.
- I have written about Pink, baking powder biscuits, Gandalf in central park, Nicole Kidman, Neil Gaiman being a (good kind of) jerk, Leprechauns, and C.S. Lewis’ unknown and possibly unreal stepson, C.S. Lewis Jr; yet I have never written on Owen Barfield.
This has been and continues to be fun, as I explain in my clickbaitishly titled, “The Shocking, Horrifying, You-Can’t-Believe-It! Reason This Blogger Isn’t Taking A Break.” I will be posting weekly throughout the summer, concluding the L.M. Montgomery series and recording some research and reading notes. This fall I have a cool and potentially controversial series in the Narnia world and some travel news.
Happy 600,000th! (note: 600,000 miles is nearly 1,000,000 kms, so 600,000 hits in the US would be like a million readers in Canada, right?)