We use tracking software on our blog. It tells us how people get to our blog, where they come from, how often they visit, etc. We check it periodically to make sure that Al Capone’s pictures aren’t being downloaded and used on billboards in the Czech Republic or that he doesn’t have any crazy stalkers. It also gives us some really interesting information. Here are some of the highlights from the last year.
(Don’t) Pat the Belly has been visited just under 10,000 times. We had more visitors in the month of September than any other month.
We’ve had visitors from 43 different countries. Beyond the US, the top 5 countries are Japan, United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada, and Brazil. 2/3 of our total visitors live in Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas or Oklahoma. We get more web traffic from people in/near central Missouri than any other part of the country. We get the most web traffic between 9 and 11 pm.
In 2009, we averaged 2.3 posts per week. We posted the most in July and the least in November. The 5 most popular posts were:
The most entertaining aspect of our stats, however, is the list of phrases people googled to get to our blog. There were 239 unique phrases people searched, here are some of the highlights (in alphabetical order).*
1 week old newborn with a big belly
Al Capone always wore a hat
Al Capone baby picture
Al Capone dairy (diary mispelled perchance)
Big Brother watches birth certificates
Am I selfish
Breastfeeding is bad manners
Can I give my gerbil a stuffed animal
Can I pat your belly
chiggers in my laundry
chiggers in Missouri
Don’t pat the bunny
Don’t pat my belly
dying cockroaches in my laundry
gender prediction peppercinis
How to Stuff a Gerbil
is it dangerous for child to pat you pregnant belly
killing chiggers in suitcase
my newborn has been crying for 4 hours
Nicknames for my belly
should i get a gerbil or a hedgehog
stuffed gerbil crown
*Most of these phrases were only searched for once, although several have similar variations.
I know several people who go to great lengths to baby proof their Christmas trees. Apparently I was one of those people last year. We put up our tree the weekend after Thanksgiving and got the ornaments out of the basement. They sat in the Rubbermaid box near the tree for several weeks because in the craziness of the end of the semester, ornaments weren’t really a priority.
Then last weekend, we went to take our Christmas card picture and I thought I could throw on some ornaments on the part of the tree that would show. Umm…not a single ornament in the box had a hook. Because last year when I was pregnant and my asthma was out of control and I was supposed to be laying on my left side as much as possible, I had decided that ornament hooks were unsafe. So I took them all off with the idea of adding ribbon for a baby safe Christmas tree.
Only I never added the ribbon. I never even bought the ribbon. So we will leave for Arkansas next week with a fabulous pre-lit Christmas tree that has exactly 2 ornaments. Capone’s 2009 ornament and the ornament I bought for Rakicy and me.*
Next year some one needs to remind me (probably in August) to start tying ribbons on ornaments or we may have a very sad tree again.
*Rakicy and I have bought and labeled a Christmas ornament each year since we were married. They aren’t the cheese Hallmark ornaments, but we write the year on each and try to find one that is symbolic in some way. This year we decided that we would continue to buy our ornament, plus get and label an ornament for each child. Someday, Capone will have an entire set of ornaments to start his Christmas tree with.