One million hits!

August 4, 2012 in Best Of, Blogging, On Writing

Well, it’s more like 1,069,815 hits (as at the time of this post), but I’ve been busy lately with the baby, work, the Olympics and becoming an uncle (congrats, sis!).

Yep, this blog has finally broken through the 1 million hit barrier (including the hits from its earlier incarnation at Not bad for a website that began three years ago a suggestion for me to develop a place to write and to kill time.

If I had stayed at, I definitely would have gotten to 1 million much earlier, but the number of daily hits this blog received went down by about 30%-50% after I switched to my own domain at the beginning of last year. I don’t regret it though because I prefer the way it looks now, and I enjoy the freedom to be able to do what I want with it. Hits

Anyway, I’m still around, reading books, watching movies, checking out restaurants and trying to find time to write (I’m struggling with the last one, evidently). I just don’t have as much time as I used to, and I suppose priorities are changing. Makes me wish I didn’t take all my free time for granted in the past.

I’ve still got bucket loads of great stuff waiting to be written. I just need the time and motivation to write it!

I know I say this a lot, but I really mean it this time. Stay tuned.

About Writing: 2010 in review

January 2, 2011 in Blogging, On Writing, Websites

Got an email from WordPress today about how this blog did over the last 12 months.  Here it is!

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 380,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 16 days for that many people to see it.


In 2010, there were 342 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 599 posts. There were 837 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 452mb. That’s about 2 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was January 22nd with 3,948 views. The most popular post that day was My European Adventure Round-up.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for neuschwanstein, neuschwanstein castle, prague, manny pacquiao, and neuschwanstein castle pictures.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


My European Adventure Round-up April 2009


The 20 Most Rewatchable Movies of All-Time February 2010


Travel Update: Prague is Overrated! April 2009


Prediction: Mayweather Jr vs Marquez September 2009


Movie Review: Ninja Assassin (2009) April 2010

That’s it!  Here’s to another great year for About Writing!

Are my blog stats real?

January 27, 2010 in Blogging

For those just passing by or stumbled onto this blog, please leave a message.  Anything.  Just so I know you’re real.

You see, I recently started wondering where I was getting all these hits from.  From humble beginnings where this blog would get 50 hits on a good day, it has now gotten to a point where 1000+ is the norm.

But when I checked my stats, it appears I sometimes get massive traffic from just a couple of posts (usually my European travel or boxing ones).  Once I got almost 4000 hits in a day just on one of them.  It got me suspicious.  Where do these people come from?  Just how do they find this blog?

I tried searching on WordPress and Google, and rarely do any of my posts come up in keyword searches.  The only place where I got more luck was Google image searches.  Could these people just be looking for pictures?

I went further and registered with Clicky (since you can’t use Google Analytics on WordPress).  It appears most of my visitors are unique (as opposed to one person clicking a thousand times), but the average time they spend here is like 40 seconds.  WordPress swears by its stats system but I’m convinced something is fishy here.

So please, leave a message.  Tell me how you found this blog.  I’ll reward you with this John Wall mix tape.

Dude, where’s my blog hits?

September 27, 2009 in Blogging

My blog stats have fallen asleep

My blog stats have fallen asleep

At about 9 months old, my blog on had been coming along well.  From humble beginnings where 50 hits got me all excited, it’s gotten to a point where it was generating at least 500-600 hits a day.  More recently 700-900.  As high as 1000 even.  Until two days ago, that is.

I was shocked to see that my stats fell dramatically yesterday to around 400.  I’ve had drop offs like that before, but usually only because I had a post that got Stumbled or something and it went up unusually high the previous day.  There had never been a drop of 300+ in a day when the stats were moderately steady.

However, today I was stunned to see things got even worse.  With just a couple of hours before the stat counter rolls over, I’ve only got 173 hits.  That’s the lowest I’ve had since probably April this year, when the blog was still in adolescence.  Is it a genuine drop-off in visits or a problem with the stat meter?

Trawling the WordPress forums, it seems I’m not the only one that’s experiencing this. It’s been said that a lot of things can go wrong in logging a hit, with search engines, servers, programs, systems, etc etc, so hopefully it’s not a permanent downward spiral.  I feared that perhaps this was my real stats and that my old ones were just wrongly inflated, but it appears the WordPress stat meter is one of the more accurate ones out there (not that I have tried anything else).

Anyone else out there having similar problems?