October 2015 was another record-setting month. First, page views shattered the previous high of 14,981 page views during August 2015 by 7,500 with a new record of 22,491. Second, last month exceeded last month's 74 comments with 89, another new record. Finally, the blog reached a milestone with its 100th follower, Robin of Your Daily Dose and TV Function Junction. I'm celebrating the record month by sharing the entries with the most comments, most likes, and most page views, beginning with the post that also got the most comments last month, "Science fiction speaks to our current anxieties." Thanks to a battle with several persistent spammers, this post is now the most commented on entry in the history of the blog with 52 comments, half of them deleted. Fourteen more came in October, beating out the next entry by eight.
"Hurricane Joaquin as viewed from Michigan," posted October 2, 2015, came in second with six comments thanks to Paul W. and I having a conversation. It was the entry actually posted last month with the most comments. All those comments only gained it 112 page views according to the raw counter, not enough to earn it a place on the top ten lists otherwise. It also earned its page views by being shared at Kunstler's blog.
Follow over the jump for the most read and liked entries of October 2015.
The tenth most read entry posted last month was "Democrats write better than Republicans, according to Grammarly." It earned 146 page views according to the raw counter. It seems to have earned its page views through being promoted on the political groups on Facebook, as I can't find evidence of sharing at Kunstler's or Greer's blogs.
"A 'Grand Canyon' crosses the surface of Pluto's moon Charon" was either the eighth or ninth most read entry posted during October 2015, depending on which counter's numbers I use. The raw counter shows it with 157 page views, while it never cracked the default counter's top ten for the month, unlike "San Pedro's Sunken City: The final location of 'Fear the Walking Dead' Season 1." This post received its page views from being shared by Infidel753. It's the first of two last month that got that boost from him.
The other entry that could rank eighth or ninth was "San Pedro's Sunken City: The final location of 'Fear the Walking Dead' Season 1." The raw counter showed it with 150 page views by the end of the month, placing it ninth. On the other hand, the default counter listed it with 131 page views, which cracked the overall top ten for the month on Halloween. The default counter wins. This entry earned its page views by being shared on the science fiction and horror groups on Facebook and the Walking Dead communities on Google Plus.
The top ten proper begins with "Drinks for the Democratic debates: Bernie Sanders." It ended the month with 140 page views, 161 according to the raw counter, placing it tenth overall and seventh among entries posted during October. Sharing the link at Kunstler's blog and Paul W.'s blog earned the post its page views.
The top ten for October resumes with "Drinks for the Democratic debates: Hillary Clinton." It was the second most liked post of the month, with seven pluses on Google Plus that resulted from sharing the link at the Hillary Clinton for President community there. The entry earned 157 page views, 174 according to the raw counter, by the end of the month, placing it sixth for the month and ninth overall. In addition to sharing the link at the political groups on Facebook and Google Plus, I posted the link in the comments to Paul W.'s and Kunstler's blogs.
"D&D alignment charts for 'The Walking Dead'" was the first of three entries from the back catalog to make October's top ten. This entry came in eighth with 167 page views, earning them solely through search. I don't recall sharing this in time for the premiere of season 6, so I had nothing to do with its renewed success.
It's Flashback Friday, so it's time to resume the retrospective of last month's top entries with "Democrats making the right enemies." This pose earned 189 page views by the end of October, 201 according to the raw counter. Those were enough to place it fifth among entries posted during October and seventh overall for the month. It got its page views from being shared on the political groups on Facebook.
The second most read entry from the back catalog last month was "Steampunk fans ejected from San Diego area mall." The post placed sixth overall. It earned its 192 page views from being shared at The Archdruid Report.
Infidel753 helped make "Republicans vs. Democrats on climate change at the debates so far" the fourth most read entry posted during October and the fifth most popular overall for the month, first by sharing it at his blog and again at Crooks & Liars. The result was 267 page views, 275 according to the raw counter, 109 of which came from Crooks & Liars alone. Thanks, Infidel753!
"A conversation about the TPP on BlogTalkRadio" won the Revenge of the Back Catalog trophy for October for being the most read of any entry posted from previous month. It earned its 315 page views, enough to place it fourth overall, by being shared at the Coffee Party USA's Facebook page.
The third most read entry, both posted during October and overall for the month, was "Happy Sweetest Day!" It earned its 460 page views, 465 according to the raw counter, entirely to routine social media promotion and web search, mostly the latter.
The most liked entry of October with 12 pluses on Google Plus was "Clinton wins the news media while Sanders wins the Internet." Being shared at the Bernie Sanders communities of G+ did most of that. It was also the second most read entry posted during the month as well as overall with 2163 page views, 2172 according to the raw counter. This post earned 2157 page views the first week, all but 40 from being shared at the Coffee Party Facebook page. The first hour of being shared, it brought 427 page views to the blog, part of 1714 that day. It's currently the third most viewed entry in the history of the blog.
"Trump thinks Sanders is the right enemy" was the single most viewed post of the month as well as the most read entry in the history of the blog with 7111 page views, 7422 according to the raw counter. This entry was shared at the Coffee Party Facebook page. It drew 1369 page views to the blog the first hour and 1150 page views the second hour. The total number of page views for the day was 6316, a record, and for the post 7110 over the next week, another record.
Bonus: "Corn questions from 'Food, Inc.' worksheet" fell out of the all-time top ten, but re-entered at the end of the month. Before it fell out again, it had 994 page views and sat in tenth. It got most of those page view from my printing it and passing the copies to my students. It has since been knocked out of the all time top ten by November's top post.
As for November's page view goals, all but one has been achieved already. The only one still to go is 13,000 page views. That will take 1400 page views in seven days. I'll probably make it, even though I've stopped sharing links to Greer's and Kunstler's blogs last Wednesday, when the blog exceed last November's 10,358 page views, and I'm only posting one entry per day until the end of the month. Stay tuned to see if I make that last goal, too.