Yesterday, I posted the monthly meta for July 2016. Today, I'm doing something I skipped over in June, when I posted the Monthly meta for April 2016.
I'm skipping over January and March to post April. Why? Because it was the most complete draft available. Hey, sometimes I'm lazy.It's long past time I got around to posting this month.
March 2016 was the best March ever for readership with 13,441 total page views, more than the previous year's 13,194. I was able to do this while posting fewer entries, 41 this year to 43 last year, resulting in an increase of page views per day from 425.61 to 433.58 and page views per post from 306.84 to 327.83. On the other hand, comments were down from February 2016's 36 to only 24. That worked out to 0.77 comments per day and 0.59 comments per entry. Since no entry had more than two comments and eleven entries had two, I am not singling out any entry from most commented on during March.
I am still recognizing the most liked entries on social media other than Facebook. On Google+, the most liked last month was "Sanders, Rubio, and Kasich campaign in Michigan" posted March 3, 2016, which earned 15 pluses through being shared on the Sanders communities. It also earned 1 comment and 121 page views. On Pinterest, that honor went to "Final 'Star Wars VII' trailer and reaction" with 8 saves and 4 likes last month, as I mentioned in Comments and likes for the fifth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News.
Follow over the jump for the most read entries of March 2016.
A blog entry promoting the first of a series of articles on the Michigan Presidential Primary was the tenth most read among those posted last month. "Doctor Pyramid departs--Examiner.com article and commentary" from March 2, 2016, earned 136 page views according to the raw counter. Some of those page views came from being shared at Kunstler's blog in addition to normal social media promotion.
The ninth most read entry posted last month and eleventh overall was "The torches and pitchforks came out for Trump last night." The entry from March 12, 2016 earned 147 page views, 171 according to the raw counter, by being shared at Kunstler's blog as well as the political communities and groups on Google Plus and Facebook. It was in the top ten most of the month but briefly fell out on the last day.
The first of two entries from the back catalog in the past month's top ten, "Corn questions from 'Food, Inc.' worksheet" from October 18, 2014, earned 162 page views from web search to come in tenth overall. It ended the month as the ninth most read entry of all time with 1404 page views. It has since been pushed out of the all time top ten.
"A Drum corps Super Tuesday" from March 1, 2016 earned 154 page views, 199 according to the raw counter, to place ninth overall and eighth among entries posted during March 2016. It got its readership from being shared at the drum corps and Democratic candidate groups and communities on Facebook and Google Plus. It was also the second most liked entry of the month on Google+, earning 11 pluses. This was the first of four drum corps themed posts to make this month's top ten.
One of the retrospective entries, "Trump vs. Sanders, the top post of the fifth year of the fifth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News" from March 26, 2016, made the top ten. It earned 229 page views, 235 according to the raw counter, by being shared on the anti-Trump and pro-Sanders groups and communities on Facebook and Google Plus. I also linked to it at Kunstler's blog. That placed it eighth overall and seventh among entries posted during March 2016.
Another entry shared at the anti-Trump groups and communities on Facebook and Google+ as well as Kunstler's blog made the top ten. "The Trumpenstein Munsters" from March 18, 2016 earned 244 page views, 252 according to the raw counter, to land in seventh place overall and sixth among entries posted during March 2016.
The second drum corps themed post to make the top ten last month was "A Drum Corps Ides of March for an election year." The entry posted on March 15, 2016 earned 247 page views, 273 according to the raw counter, from being shared at the drum corps and Democratic candidate groups and communities on Facebook and Google+. That was enough to place it sixth overall and fifth among entries posted during March.
The Revenge of the Back Catalog champion for March 2016 was the third drum corps themed entry to make the top ten. "A drum corps Pi Day" posted March 14, 2014 earned 254 page views from being shared at the drum corps groups and communities on Facebook and Google+ to land in fifth overall for the month.
I shared only one entry at the Coffee Party's Facebook page last month, "Snyder testifies before Congress about the Flint Water Crisis" from March 19, 2016. That was enough to earn the post 296 page views, 307 according to the raw counter, placing it fourth both overall and for the month.
"'Dump Trump' and 'Arrest Snyder' at the Detroit Republican Debate" from March 5, 2016 was one of two entries that Infidel 753 linked to last month that made the top ten. I also shared it at the anti-Trump groups and communities on Facebook and Google+ then linked to at at Kunstler's blog. The result was 335 page views, 359 according to the raw counter, enough to land it in third place for the month.
The second entry Infidel 753 linked to that landed in the top ten was "Springtime for Trump" from March 2, 2016. Like the first, I shared it at the anti-Trump groups and communities on Facebook and Google+ then linked to at at Kunstler's blog. It earned 339 page views, 395 according to the raw counter, to come in second for the month.
The most read entry for March was the fourth one with a drum corps theme. "A drum corps 'Superstar' for Easter" posted March 27, 2016 garnered 398 page views, 408 according to the raw counter, from being shared at the drum corps groups and communities on Facebook and Google+. Drum corps and holidays are always a winning combination!
Next up should be the final retrospective about the fate of the back catalog entries that I promised at the end of Comments and likes for the fifth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News unless I get distracted by a shiny object. Stay tuned.