I got a tour of the farm on Saturday. It’s bigger than I was expecting although I think if I laid out all the photos that Ben has taken over the years, I should have probably realized its actual size. We got to talking about the blog and how many followers we have now and I thought I’d do a Stats Update.
We have 12, 672 followers. Of course I don’t really know what this means on a day-to-day basis except that at some point in the past 12 years, since Dale started up the Trail Baboon, 12,672 folks have hit the Follow Trail Baboon button. One of the things I do know is that having all these followers does NOT mean that 12K folks are reading the trail every day.
Most days we have somewhere between 200-240 views from 60-70 visitors – that includes us. The average number of views is 2.46 to 3.25. The average number of comments the last couple of years is 50. Sunday is the slowest day on the Trail. And for reasons that pass understanding, Wednesday is typically the busiest. I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise to anyone that the days that generate the most comments are book days, music days and food days.
Over the years we’ve had visitors from 202 countries. Pretty remarkable since Google says there are currently 193 countries in the world! US has the highest number of visitors, followed by India, the UK, Canada and then Spain. The countries with the least are Gabon, Sint Maarten and Chad (just 1 visitor each).
The Trail is a more subdued space these days, but relatively stable. Our least busy year was 2016, when Dale was cutting back and preparing to retire from the Trail. 2021 was the most active year since baboons took control. One of the most interesting things I discovered while researching the stats is how many of us kept the blog going while Dale was on sabbatical the summer of 2015 and then during 2016 when he was tapering off. This is not meant as a heavy-handed hint – although any pieces would be happily accepted by me and Renee – just an interesting phase of our history.
Any fun memories to go along with the Stats on this Memorial Day?