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2010 in review

I can’t believe it is January 2011!  It seems like just yesterday it was January 2010.  I usually post a site stat review at the beginning of January which involves me crunching a bunch of stats behind the scenes and posting the Top 10 posts for the year.  To my surprise, this morning a stat review arrived in my inbox from WordPress.  It’s not exactly the same info that I usually look at, but it’s good enough.  I am posting their report below.  Honestly it’s been a slow blogging year for me.  I knew I hadn’t written that much this year but I was surprised to see that I had only written 10 new posts in 2010.  And equally surprised that I had 24,000 hits last year.  Most of those hits were viewing old content from 2008.  I’m not exactly sure how to take that, but at least people are reading.  Also from WordPress today I saw the Post-A-Day or Post-A-Week challenge.  Both of these options seem a bit much for me.  I mean really, does the blogosphere really need 365 posts from me in 2011?  Or from any blogger?  52 posts even seems like a lot, but I do hope to post more than ten times in the upcoming year.

Thanks for reading and here is WordPress’ stat review for Pilgrim Without a Shrine:


The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com 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

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 24,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 5 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 10 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 128 posts. There were 134 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 198mb. That’s about 3 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was January 18th with 194 views. The most popular post that day was Recent Thoughts on Osama bin Laden and Martin Luther King Jr..

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, blogsurfer.us, davidswanson.wordpress.com, expatfamilyinamman.blogspot.com, and Google Reader.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for scary room, mlk, ramadan, martin luther king jr, and wailing wall.

Attractions in 2010

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


Recent Thoughts on Osama bin Laden and Martin Luther King Jr. April 2008


Scary Rooms November 2008


Jordan Headlines #3 September 2008


Eid Al-Adha, the Hajj, and life in Amman December 2008


The Bake House – Jabal Amman Restaurant Review October 2008


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