2015 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for my blog. Let me give you a few statistics first.

Total Views

Total views on my blog were about 28,000 compared to 19,000 in 2014.

I hit my all-time high of 395 views in one day on December 6th with my post Happy St. Nicholas Day – de Kleeschen kënnt op Eechternoach.

Viewers came from 84 countries compared to 68 in 2014. Most visitors came from the United States with Luxembourg and Germany not far behind.


Thank you, Amy Cohen of Brotmanblog: A Family Journey for being my most active commenter.


I now have 126 WordPress and 45 email followers.

My top 5 posts during the year

  1. Black History Month: The Slaves of James SIMS, Part 1
  2. The New FamilySearch – I’m loving it!
  3. James SIMS (1754-1845) Pioneer of Nicholas County, West Virginia
  4. Happy St. Nicholas Day – de Kleeschen kënnt op Eechternoach
  5. Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING Judy, Beck, Dick, and Mourning

It was no surprise my top post for 2015 was the first of three parts on the slaves of my ancestor James SIMS for Black History Month.

Surprisingly two posts written on a whim and at the last minute, post #2 about my loving the new FamilySearch and post #4 Santa Claus’ visit to my hometown, were in the top 5. The first got most of its traffic through Twitter while the second made our local newspaper site which linked to my post. The report asked permission in an unexpected phone call. 🙂

Post #3 is a piece I originally wrote in 2002 and added to my blog in 2014, backdated to 25 August 2013 when it was last updated.

Top 5 search terms

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Click here to see the complete report.

Thank you to all my followers was making 2015 such a great year!

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