November 2015 was the best November in the history of the blog. The month's 13,649 page views exceeded the previous year's count by more than 3,000. As I wrote in Record page views, comments, and 100th follower: Monthly meta for October 2015, all but one of November's page view goals had been achieved by the 23rd. The blog managed to get the last goal, 13,000 page views, with two days to spare. That performance finally dispelled my opinion of November as being a poor month for readership on the blog, after two disappointing performances.
The 45 comments were also a high for November, beating last year's 31. While they didn't set a record, it was also higher than the high water mark for last year, 42 during February 2014, which I mentioned in Monthly Meta for June 2015. To celebrate both achievements, I'm sharing the most liked, commented on, and read entries of the last month.
I begin with a new category, the most liked and shared on Pinterest. That honor goes to "Final 'Star Wars VII' trailer and reaction" posted on October 25, 2015. Over the past five weeks, it was liked 13 times and shared 88 times on Pinterest. During that span, it earned 140 page views and received two comments.
Two entries tied for the most commented on for the month with seven comments. The first was "NABLOPOMO for November 2015: HUGE" posted November 2, 2015. Its comments came from conversations with Paul W. and Ashley Nguyn Newell. It had more page views than the other entry, with 77 according to the raw counter. The second entry was "Record page views, comments, and 100th follower: Monthly meta for October 2015" posted November 23, 2015. It also garnered 7 comments thanks to conversations with Robin and Bukko Boomeranger. It had fewer page views than the first entry, with 65.
Follow over the jump for the most read entries of November 2015.
HONORABLE MENTION goes to "Halloween drinks from Tipsy Bartender for 2015" posted on October 31, 2015. It earned its 101 page views according to the raw counter entirely during the November reporting period. That would placed it among the top ten for the month if it had been posted five hours later. It also received 2 comments.
The countdown of the ten most read entries posted last month begins with "Walled Lake Central Marching Band in Macy's Parade" on November 25, 2015. This entry earned its 85 page views, 90 according to the raw counter, entirely through social media and web search, mostly the latter. Those were enough to place it tenth among November's entries.
Two entries tied for eighth among those posted during November. The first one was "A farewell drink for Larry Lessig" on November 3, 2015. This one got its 93 page views according to the raw counter by being shared on political groups on Facebook and being linked to at Paul W's political blog.
"Best dressed in the apocalypse: '12 Monkeys' vs. 'The Last Man on Earth'" from November 15, 2015 was the other entry to tie for eighth place among those posted during November with 93 page views according to the raw counter. It earned those page views by being shared in the science fiction groups on Facebook.
The seventh most read entry posted during November 2015 was "Bye, Bobby! Jindal drops out" from November 18, 2015. It earned its 94 page views according to the raw counter by being shared in the political groups on Facebook. The post managed to sneak into the overall top ten during December; it currently has 89 page views according to the default counter.
November 5th's "Finally, both houses of Michigan's legislature pass a road bill" is the last post to make the top ten for entries posted during November that didn't also make the overall top ten for the month. It came in sixth among entries posted last month with 98 page views, which it earned from being posted on the Michigan political groups on Facebook.
The first entry to make the overall top ten for the month is "'SPECTRE' knocks 'The Martian' out of number one at the U.S. box office" posted November 8, 2015. It came in tenth overall and fifth among those from November with 87 page views, 105 according to the raw counter. It was also the most liked entry on Google Plus with six pluses. It earned its page views from being shared on the science fiction and James Bond groups on Facebook and its pluses from being shared on the James Bond community on Google Plus. I also linked to it at Kunstler's blog, but it seemed to receive very few page views from there.
"Courser and Gamrat lose primaries for lost seats" posted November 4, 2015 with 2 comments, came in ninth overall and fourth for entries from November with 106 page views, 114 according to the raw counter. It earned its readers from being shared on the political groups on Facebook.
The first entry from the back catalog to make the top ten was "It's Friday the 13th, drink up!" This entry from December 13, 2013 earned 114 page views almost entirely through web search for Friday the 13th drinks and images, coming in eighth.
"D&D alignment charts for 'The Walking Dead'" posted March 29, 2015 was the next entry from the back catalog to make the top ten. It came in seventh with 133 page views, which it earned entirely from web search. Like last month, when it was the eighth most read entry, I did not promote it on communities and groups for "The Walking Dead" on Facebook and Google Plus.
"Corn questions from 'Food, Inc.' worksheet" was knocked out of the all-time top ten by the top post of November, but it still managed to get in the top ten for the month with 150 page views, which it earned from my students looking it up as well as general web search. This post from October 18, 2014, came in sixth overall.
The fifth most read entry overall for the past month and the third most read of those posted during November was "Zombie Apocalypse Index for Day of the (Walking) Dead" from November 1, 2015. It earned its 151 page views, 179 according to the raw counter, by being shared at Greer's blog. The post also garnered 6 comments from conversations with Paul W. and someone just dropping by.
"French soccer fans sing their defiance in the face of terror" posted November 14, 2015 received outside help in placing fourth overall and second among entries from November proper. First, I shared the link at Kunstler's blog, then Boatbits blog linked to it. That was enough to earn it 157 page views, 167 according to the raw counter. Its two comments were in response to a spammer.
Outside help also propelled "Halloween and Friday the 13th bring space visitors" posted October 28, 2015 into the top ten. First, Infidel753 linked to the entry, then visitors to the top entry of last month also clicked on the link to it. Between the two, the post earned 338 page views, 421 according to the raw counter, landing it in third place for the month and second among entries from the back catalog.
The most viewed entry posted during November and the second most read overall was "Doctor Carson and his Amazing Technicolor Labcoat" from November 6, 2015. Like the previous two entries in the countdown, it landed on the top ten through outside assistance from Infidel753, who first shared the link on his personal blog and again over at Crooks and Liars. Between the two and my promoting the link at Kunstler's blog, his efforts helped earn the post 628 page views, 648 according to the raw counter. Thank you, Infidel753, for all your help!
The winner of the Revenge of the Back Catalog trophy and the number one entry for all of last month was "Republicans on climate change and energy at the CNBC Debate" posted October 29, 2015. It earned its 2416 page views during November by being shared at the Coffee Party Facebook page. It also ended up on the all-time top ten with 2486 page views, 2513 raw, during both October and November. It's currently in third place all time after knocking "Corn questions from 'Food, Inc.' worksheet" out of the top ten. It's one of six posts shared at the Coffee Party Facebook page to get in the top ten so far this year.
Now that the retrospective is over, it's time to look ahead to this month's page view goals. This blog earned 13,251 page views last December, so the minimum goal is to exceed it. I'm setting that at 13,268 or 428 page views per day. The low goal is to end the month a day ahead at 13,702 page views or 442 per day. The high goal is five percent about last year's total, which converts to 13,919 or 449 page views per day. Right now, the blog is above all three daily rate targets and is more than three days ahead of the pace to meet the minimum goal. Wish me and the blog luck to meet our month-end goals.
Stay tuned for Entertainment Sunday. I have two entries planned, both about awards show nominations.