Photo credit: Sebastian Pena Lambarri
Last week Chris mentioned that we were closing in on 10,000 followers. If the rate that someone new clicks on Follow keeps up, we will hit that number this weekend. As I’m typing this on Friday night, we are at 9,996. This is for just the Trail – if you look at our WordPress account, it also adds in Blevins and Kitchen Congress, so the number looks a little higher than 10K.
I’m not big on social media optics, so I’m not sure what this really says about us. Obviously from looking at the stats, we don’t have thousands of folks looking at the Trail every day; we average between 150 and 200 views most days. And of course, I find it fascinating that not everybody is always looking at the same post as we are. For example, yesterday 2 people viewed Why I Don’t Eat the Coleslaw from August 2015 and The Magnolia Steakhouse from November 2010, among other pages.
Although the overwhelming number of readers hale from the U.S., we have a worldwide viewership. Yesterday we also had folks from Canada, Australia, Finland, Kenya, Cameroon, Germany, Nigeria, France, India, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Georgia and Benin visit.
We are all over the board in terms of comments… some days we are chattier than others. I used to worry that we didn’t have more folks commenting, but then I think about all the other blogs that I read on a regular basis. They have way more followers than we do, but fewer comments. I also don’t see the kind of community that we have in the comment section of most blogs. And I can’t speak for anybody else, but I almost never comment on any blog except ours (unless there is a possible prize in it for me).
So all in all, as we’ve hit our decade anniversary and 10K followers, I’m still feeling like we’re just a small fish in a big pond and I like it that way. Hope the Trail is meeting your needs these days.
Not sure about a question for this data – did you ever imagine, in your wildest dreams, that we’d come this far?