The Unpredictability of Popularity

http---www.pixteller.com-pdata-t-l-450645This week I shall be celebrating 2000 WordPress followers – a few weeks shy of my second blogging anniversary.

Thank you to everyone who has read, liked and commented on my posts. I could not have reached this milestone without you.

I am often surprised by the popularity of some of my posts. They are not always what I expected!

My Top Twenty most liked and commented posts are as follows:

  1. Black and White Photography
  2. Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow
  3. The Garden in September
  4. Bikes in Bloom
  5. Merry Christmas
  6. 10 Tips for Living with Fibromyalgia or Another Life Changing Illness
  7. Colour Your Day
  8. Bloom
  9. A Meditation on World Peace
  10. The Happy Camper
  11. Donegal – The Coolest Place on the Planet
  12. New Beginnings
  13. The Garden in June
  14. Triple Layer Pavlova
  15. Decoupage Days
  16. Celebrating One Year as a Self Published Author
  17. My Top Ten Tips for Healing Insomnia
  18. Celebrating 25 Amazon Reviews
  19. Christmas Craft Fairs
  20. Derek Hill and Tory Island’s Artists

My most read posts are:

The Happy Camper with 1257 views, and

10 Tips for Living with Fibromyalgia or Another Life Changing Illness a close second with 819.

Most Popular Post

Black and White Photography was only published on 29 November 2017 but has sprinted into first place as my most popular post, with 184 likes and 117 comments.

Yet, it took me very little time to write!

My Personal Favourites

The following posts are among my personal favourites that did not make The Top Twenty:

  1. Cluain na dTor-Meadow of Shrubs
  2. The River Walk
  3. The Keukenhof Gardens#1
  4. Rocks and Rock Pools
  5. Tory Island-The Legend of Balor of the Evil Eye

These posts all showcase my passion for photography, Nature and gardening.

Feedback

So what makes one post more popular than another?

Do you have any answers?

Brigid P. Gallagher

Memoir: “Watching the Daisies – Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow” is available from   Amazon    Barnes and Noble    Kobo   and all good online book stores.

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123 thoughts on “The Unpredictability of Popularity

  1. Congratulations Brigid. You pose an interesting question. I’ve been blogging for seven years on my other site (Discovering Belgium) and have come to the conclusion that we bloggers have very little control over what makes a really popular post. Nice pictures always score highly. Promoting it on social media, of course. And a post that resonates or meets people’s needs at that particular time. (My most popular one was How to Spend a Day in Gent). But the nature of the internet plays a big part, in that when we post we are casting a breadcrumb into a huge sea. Sometimes that crumb will be picked up and passed on to depths and areas way beyond our wildest dreams. At other times the crumb will sink to the bottom and get ignored. Only for a passing fish to pick it up and put it back into circulation, and away it goes again on the current! For me this is both a frustration and a hope. I try to embrace the randomness. Best wishes, and looking forward to reading more of your posts in the coming year.

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      1. Do you have any insights into lengths of blog posts Brigid and which perform the best? Personally I am dissuaded from reading long texts (although seem to find it easy to write them!) but equally, a short post often leaves me wanting more.

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      2. I tend not to include a lot of writing in my posts but I do find photographs are popular. I like blogs where there are photographs or images,the text is broken up into paragraphs and headings. Long posts are not my favourite. 🌼

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  2. Congratulations, Brigid. I find your blog posts inspiring and always look out for them. With my own blog, I’ve been considering giving up writing as I’m not sure I’ve got it right in terms of look or content. At the moment I also don’t have lots of time to dedicate to it, but I love Denzil the Book Owl’s comment, and maybe I need to give it a little longer and some more effort!

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  3. Many congratulations on 2000 followers!!! 🙂
    I really don’t know what makes one post more popular than another. Sometimes the most unexpected ones get great comments and it makes me wonder too about what it is about that one…but I guess we don’t really have answers 🙂

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  4. Brigid, congratulations on two years blogging and 2000 followers!! 😀🎉 Aren’t you in awe and surprise how quickly it has grown!? There is no rhyme or reason over which posts will do better than others and have found ones that didn’t take that much time race to popularity. They somehow tap into the human psyche. Photos are a huge plus and I remember your top post well…also requiring a form of interaction in comparing the two forms of photos. Here’s to the next two years of blogging!🌺

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  5. I can interact with your blog now without using Will as a vessel! I love your picture posts because they provide lovely little glimpses of Ireland / Donegal ❤ And the Keukenhof Gardens post should be better appreciated by others!!

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  6. Well done! I have to go and read The Happy Camper now 😊 What saddens me about blogging is that some of my early posts, written before I had an established following, never get a look-in now and they are both the most informative and the most humorous. It was all a light-hearted toe-in-the-water time then and I was more relaxed in my writing, posting when I felt like it. Nowadays I feel more of a responsibility to my followers both to produce something regularly and that looks and reads well but feel I have lost some of that whimsy. I think sometimes real life takes over too and it is hard to write in the same light-hearted manner when all around you is in complete chaos and you are more stressed.
    I am so pleased for your success 👏🏻😊

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  7. I’m wildly impressed with how well you’ve done in two years! After two years, I don’t think anyone had heard of me–keep up the good work. I’m going to borrow one of your categories. I usually post ‘most popular’ and ‘least popular’ but I like the way you said it better–‘the ones I thought would be popular but weren’t’.

    Now if only I’ll remember that next year!

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  8. Congratulations Brigid, that is great statistics for two years! My most popular posts have been about people and relationships and the one that remains at the top is ‘Why are some people so insensitive.’ I have also written about how to deal with such people but that is not read as much as the first one. Poems have been least popular 🙂

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  9. Congratulations on your success Brigid and it is well deserved as you always deliver something eye catching and interesting… Here’s to the next 2,000 Px

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  10. Congratulations on your 2000 followers Brigid. And as to popularity of posts it’s so difficult to predict. I love photography and often find that I am drawn into a blog post by enticing images. But, there are so many factors that can attract readers. I doubt that there is a simple answer other than to blog about what you love which you are doing admirably. 🙂

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  11. Congratulations Brigit, I’m still trying to find my way and figure out the what. I have noticed that when I write shorter blog posts that they get more views, also in viewing other blogs I have noticed that blog posts that are more of a personal nature are more popular. This year my intention is to be more open about myself and I love my photos so that will continue. And I do agree with getting involved with other bloggers on FB and Instagram also helps to increase your readership and maybe make some friendships along the way. Thanks for your inspiration,I always feel engaged when reading your blog.

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  12. Yippee!! This is amazing. As I mentioned on Facebook, you deserve every follower that comes to you. Your posts are caring and full of beauty, wisdom and YOU!!!! This is such a great line up and summary, Brigid. Thank you for everything. So much love to you and an even better two years ahead. xoxoxoxo Blessings, Debbie 🙂

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  13. Wow Brigid– that is fantastic to have so many readers!! Makes all your writing seem so worthwhile! I’m off to check on some of those favorite posts… Love your blog (along with a whole lot of other people!) hugs!

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  14. No, I’ve never figured out which of my posts are most popular. Some of my blogging followers most enjoy my non-fiction true stories. Some love my flash fiction posts and encourage me to write more of them. So, I just write what’s in my heart, and what moves me that week, and hope for the best. 🙂 Congrats to you, Brigid. It’s so wonderful when we know our writing and our stories are enjoyed by so many. xo

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  15. Wow, Brigid. That’s a marvelous accomplishment in only two years. Congrats. I don’t know what makes one post more popular than another. I think it’s probably a combination of factors: length, visuals, day of the week, and of course, content. I wish you another fabulous year of blogging 🙂

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  16. I’m bookmarking this page so I can go back and read some of the top 20 and some of your personal favorites. I think it’s interesting that some of your personal favorites were not in the top 20. That has happened to me also. What I think was an awesome story…never even got one comment and others that I think were so/so got several comments. It just goes to show we never know how our words will affect another. Keep on writing… 🙂

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    1. Thank you Debbie. The top ten are all that appear on my blog page and it is a shame tgat some posts get left behind…
      I agree it is often the posts we least expect that are more popular. I shall just keep posting on my passions. 😊

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  17. In amazement!! As a newbie to blogging…I’m astonished!
    What a feeling of satisfaction & accomplishment you must feel as a blogger! Wow!!

    You are welcome to drop by & join me with you favorite “cuppa” & tasty treat for a time of reflection at teawithjennifer.blog I am just having my afternoon tea now.
    Jennifer

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  18. Congratulations Brigid. You were the first person to share one of my poems. That was a gift of inspiration that I won’t forget. I love the way you have turned your struggles into a gift for others, sharing your experiences so that others may find a way to live with their circumstances. Keep on shining your light.

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  19. A very congratulations to you….the feeling you get, that soo many of them loves your content( one of which is me too!!!) Is just amazing…looking forward for more of your great content…and a great year ahead to you…please stop by my blog too!!! I would really appreciate that…

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  20. Each time I read the words, “The Happy Camper” it brings a smile…I really loved that post as well as many others!
    Congratulations on 2,000 followers, Brigid…I recently tipped past 500 followers…it warms the heart to know our words have touched that many souls!

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  21. Congratulations Brigid…well deserved!! And those who are reading and following are the benefactors!! It’s funny how you might have a post that you really really love and you get so excited about posting it and think ohhh they are going to love this one…and then bam…not nearly the response you were expecting…then there are those posts that you are ho hum about and shazam everyone is loving it!! Oh what a fickle world it is…that’s what makes it so great!! Well done my friend xo

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