…then there are statistics.
Stats are fascinating though. We can fool ourselves up to the two eyeballs but the stats, that number, that measure will tell a different story. Might not always be the truth, mind. But they should at least make us think “Uh,oh. What`s going on here? “
That`s exactly what I thought when I reviewed my blog`s yearly stats. As you do. Here was I congratulating myself on writing a variety of posts-and some really clever, witty ones too!-about a variety of topics.
But the stats tell me most readers come here to read about Mary Berry and Yottam Ottolenghi.
Naturally my “Home page/Archives” gets the most amount of hits. And the “About” page gets a lot of traffic too. So, if I leave these out of the stats picture, here are my top five posts for 2013
In fifth place, and on 152 hits is
I`ve got a soft spot for the Ottolenghi cookbooks. They make me trawl through the deepest recesses of the most obscure Asian food shops to find that quirky, but essential ingredients. And anything I made from is book plenty is both delicious and nutrient dense. Perfect running fuel.
He was pipped into fifth position, probably because of all the fuss around The Great British Bake Off and, here in Ireland, The Great Irish Bake Off, this year. People can`t seem to get enough of baking these days.
So, in fourth place on 160 hits it`s Mary Berry`s Fast Flapjacks
With a creditable 224 hits, Running Wisdom is in third position
I`d like to think that post is popular because of my witty, no holds barred writing style. Red Hen at her eloquent best.
But the truth is there are people out there who are fascinated by the glorious Ms Trunchbull of “Matilda” fame and so arrive in search of the above picture.
At least I can claim a likeness to her, which is something, I suppose…
Now, in second position and on 312 hits is my post Men In Tights
Yep, again my own ultra clever attempt at humour. (Groan. I hate reading my old posts…) Or some of my male readers wanted to know my opinion on men wearing running tights. (Don`t Do It!)
But maybe people are drawn to it for the picture of Borat above? I have to say, I`ve a soft spot for guys that entertain us all with their Borat impressions midway through torturous long distance runs. Or anytime, really!
And now, let`s hear it with your drum roll and trumpet please…
…on a staggering 845 hits….
Well, people arriving at that page haven`t come for the food photography, anyway. Look at that crust? See how uneven it is? And the lumpen pieces of lime on the top…
Funny thing is, I haven’t done that pie since. It`s full of the worst possible ingredients-condensed milk, cream and sugar. It should have no place in a running blog.
But of course, this isn`t a running blog. And it`s not a food blog either, despite three out of five top posts featuring food.
I think its sort of morphing into a lifestyle-in-Ireland blog.
If I were to stick with what the stats are telling me, I`d keep posting everyone else`s recipes and improve my food photography.
But I am more interested in running races, seeing more exhibitions, learning more about history and art in Ireland and beyond.
The stats reflect what the fly-by-night reader looks for. It`s followers and loyal readers that I`d prefer to blog for.
Your opinion matters more than the stats, after all.
So, if you get a chance, could you tell me what you would prefer to read about here?