Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Rundown

It's been over three weeks since this year's names post went up and traffic has come to a screeching halt, so it's time to go over some figures. This post didn't take off quite like last year's did, but it still did pretty good.

Hits to date: 10,086

[This is the part where I would post Facebook stats (shares and number of comments), but the site I used to track that stuff is gone now. Boooooo]

[This is the part where I would post the number of subscribers I gained, but Google Reader is on its way out and doesn't update my numbers anymore. Boooooo]

Tweets to date (not counting retweets): Somewhere in the 20s. Again, Twitter has never been a big platform for this post, which I've always found really interesting. Also, usually my biggest sharers are the Mormon stay-at-home-mom demographic, but most of the people tweeting the link this year were non-Mormon professional men.

Top referring sites: Facebook, Twitter, Blogger, By Common Consent, Pretty Life Anonymous, Natalie's Sentiments, Nameberry, Bridget's blog

Total comments on the original post: 171

Number of comments before someone claimed to personally know the -jello twins: 3

Number of comments before someone brought up Le-a-pronounced-Ledasha: 19

Total comments I had to delete before my mom saw: ZERO!!! It's a miracle, not a single expletive! No calls to repentance, either. Yet.

Other stuff:

  • This guy with 59,000 followers tweeted it. Surprisingly, it only accounted for about 1,500 hits. That's just 2.5% of his total followers. Makes me wonder how many of MY followers click the links I post.

  • So many good comments this year, but this one was definitely in my top five:

(I can forgive the second Anonymous for repeating Cannon, since the suggestion of "Plinth" pretty much rocked my world.)
  • After I received this comment (from a non-Anonymous account, mind you)...
...I texted Jon, "Did I just get my very first threat??" The commenter must have realized that it came across that way though, because the comment was hastily deleted and a similar one minus the "you better be careful..." part, from Anonymous this time, took its place.
  • I so wish I could be a fly on the wall of strangers' Facebook discussions of my post. It's my top referring site and it drives me crazy knowing that people (on both sides of the equation) are discussing it/laughing about it/reviling it, and I can't see any of that. I was emailed one thread, though, that pretty well made my life complete, because apparently someone with a son named "Draycin" hates my name.
  • It angered some people that I reject the name Le-a. My attitude probably didn't help.


  1. I forgot to weigh in on that post, but my favorite worst name ever (and yes, I knew him personally, so this isn't an urban myth!) was Darth Rehder. His older sister (whose married name is now Knoebell, and the "K" isn't silent) just had a baby boy, and someone suggested she name him Obi-Wan. She didn't go for it, but wouldn't it have been totally awesome if Obi-Wan Knoebell had had Darth Rehder as an uncle?!

  2. Yesssss, glad my blog was a good source of traffic this year. It's the least I can do to spread awareness of this issue.