I haven't posted a monthly retrospective since Monthly Meta for December 2015 so it's time to catch up. I'm skipping over January and March to post April. Why? Because it was the most complete draft available. Hey, sometimes I'm lazy.
April 2016 was the second best month in the history of the blog with 18,084 page views. That works out to 602.8 page views per day and 548.0 page views per entry (there were 33). The blog also passed 600,000 total page views for its history on April 1, just over six months since it passed 500,000 page views late in September 2015. Since this is the first full month since my statistics entry for the fifth year of this blog, I can say that I'm meeting or exceeding my goal of between 16,500 and 17,500 page views per month for the current blogging year. Yay! Finally, the blog earned 44 comments, an average of 1.47 comments per day and 1.33 comments per post.
I'll mention the most liked on Google Plus over the jump, so I'll begin with this blog's activity on Pinterest. The most pinned entry for last month was "Drink recipes for July 4th from Tipsy Bartender" from July 4, 2015 with one pin and one like. It was a slow month for this blog on Pinterest.
The most commented on article during the month was "Springtime for Trump" from March 2, 2016 with 8 comments during April. It now has 9 total. It earned 88 more page views during the month for a total of 483. It got the additional page views and all the comments from being shared at Greer's blog.
Two entries received honorable mentions by tying for most commented on entry posted during April with four comments. The first was "Drum corps for the Wyoming Democratic Caucuses" posted on April 9, 2016, one of four entries connecting drum corps with the election. These came thanks to Robin of Your Daily Dose and Paul W. of You Might Notice a Trend. It also landed in twelfth for page views among last month's posts with 121.
The other entry earning an honorable mention for most commented on entry posted during April was "2016 Saturn Awards for Television" posted April 3, 2016 with 4 comments, again thanks to Paul and Robin. It also came in eleventh for page views with 144.
Follow over the jump for the ten (actually twelve) most read entries for the month.
The second of four entries connecting drum corps and the election, "Drum corps for the Pennsylvania and Connecticut primaries" from April 26, 2016 kicks off the ten most read entries posted during April 2016. It earned 158 page views according to the raw counter, all from promotion on the drum corps groups and communities on Facebook and Google Plus, along with my usual social media promotion. Those were enough for it to end the month in tenth.
The ninth most read entry posted last month was "Impacts and near misses for Apophis Day 2016" from April 13, 2016. It earned its 172 page views from Infidel 753 linking to it in addition to being shared at the space and science groups on Facebook.
"WXYZ on Detroit gas prices" from April 6, 2016 kicks off the overall top ten for April 2016, coming in tenth overall for the month and eighth among entries posted during April. It earned its 180 page views, 191 according to the raw counter, by normal social media promotion plus overflow from "Task force findings on the Flint Water Crisis."
The most liked entry on Google Plus last month was "Drum corps for the Wisconsin Primary" from April 5, 2016 with six pluses, earned by being shared at the political and drum corps communities on Google Plus. The third of four posts connecting drum corps and the election, it was also shared at the political and drum corps groups on Facebook, yielding 182 page views, 213 according to the raw counter, placing it seventh among entries posted during April and ninth overall for the month.
"Corn questions from 'Food, Inc.' worksheet" is the first of two entries from the back catalog to appear in this month's top ten. It earned 290 page views during April 2016, all from web search, enough to put it in eighth place overall for the month and keep it in the all-time top ten at tenth with 1536 page views, 3768 according to the raw counter, by the end of April since it was posted on October 18, 2014. It later fell out of the top ten behind "Game of Thrones D&D character alignment charts," which peaked at 1539 views, 4497 according to the raw counter. Posting this might put it back in the top ten. Stay tuned (it did).
The most popular entry connecting drum corps and the elections during April was "Drum corps for the New York primary" from April 19, 2016 with 457 page views, 472 according to the raw counter. It earned them by being shared at the same groups and communities on social media as the rest of the entries with these shared themes. The result was placing sixth among posts from April proper and seventh overall for the month.
"Task force findings on the Flint Water Crisis" from April 4, 2016 was the least read of five entries shared at the Coffee Party's Facebook page last month. Doing so helped attract 861 page views to the blog on April 4th and 5th. I also linked to it at Kunstler's and Greer's blogs. The post ended the month with 714 page views, 740 according to the raw counter. It was the fifth most read entry posted during April and the sixth most read overall. Not bad for "least read!"
"Wayne State research on love for Valentines Day" posted on February 14, 2013 won the Revenge of the Back Catalog trophy for April 2016 through earning 869 page views from an unknown source that appeared to use no-follow. I could find no evidence that I promoted the entry. It ended up in fifth place overall for the month and now has 1090 page views according to the raw counter for its entire history.
"Congressional inquiries, emails, and lawsuits in the Flint Water Crisis this week" from April 8, 2016 came in fourth out of five entries promoted at the Coffee Party's Facebook page last month. It helped attract 1345 page views to the blog on April 9th through 10th. I also shared the link at Greer's and Kunstler's blogs. As a result, the post earned 1039 page views, 1052 according to the raw counter, to land in fourth place both among entries posted during April and overall for the month.
"Paris Agreement on Climate being signed on Earth Day" posted on Earth Day, April 22, 2016 came in third in three categories--third of the five entries promoted at the Coffee Party Facebook page, third among entries posted in April, and third overall for the month. The entry helped attract 1429 page views to the blog on April 22nd and 23rd and ended the month with 1310 page views, 1317 according to the raw counter.
"Slow drip of Flint Water Crisis erodes Rick Snyder's approval" from April 7, 2016 earned a series of accolades. It came in second among entries shared at the Coffee Party's Facebook page, second for April entries, second for the month overall, and tied for first in comments on entries posted during April with four comments (Thanks Paul W. and Les, who apparently came via the Coffee Party). I also shared it at Greer's and Kunstler's blogs. All that earned it 1416 page views, 1434 according to the raw counter, attracting 1639 page views on April 8th and 9th, and placed it tenth on the all-time list, kicking out "Doctors to Congress: Fund gun violence research at the CDC and NIH." It only lasted ten days there. Sic transit gloria mundi.
The top post for April 2016 was "John Oliver and FiveThirtyEight on Tax Day," posted Apr 18, 2016. I shared it both at Kunstler's blog and the Coffee Party Facebook page. Between the two, it earned 2027 page views, 2043 according to the raw counter, and helped attract 2409 page views the night of the 18th and into the next day. It also tied for most commented on entry for April with four comments and ended the month at tenth on the all time most read list.
That concludes April's retrospective. I'll get to January's next, as it's not being written is keeping me from picking up my retrospective series of last year's top posts where I left the series off at Alignment charts for the fifth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News. When that will be, I don't know, but it should be soon.