A Year (or Sixish Months) in Blogging

As someone who finds statistics and charts  inherently soothing, I was pleased that WordPress inundated me with regular updates on the hit counts of my blog in bar graph form, helpfully detailing from whence each hit came. During the long periods of desk-warming, periodic checks of blog functioning have been a staple in by boredom-combat diet. It was thus that I was exceptionally pleased to receive an email wrapping up my year (or sixish months, since I started Stupid Ugly Foreigner late in July of 2010) in glorious charts and summaries. It’s raw numbers are meaningless as I have no point comparison, and its conclusion that my blog health reads “Wow!” seems spurious and arbitrary at best, and yet, I still let out a childish squeal of excitement. That some website, upon which I rely to spread my useless yammering, thinks I’m doing a tip-top job is satisfying in a vague and incomprehensible way. After the jump, see what WordPress.com has to say about my stats.

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

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A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 8,100 times in 2010. That’s about 19 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 57 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 112 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 211mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was September 17th with 2,003 views. The most popular post that day was Celebrity Status: The Rare, Wild Cracker.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were wordpress.com, koreanbloglist.com, facebook.com, waygook.org, and mail.live.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for stupid ugly foreigner, waygook, stupid ugly forienger, korea foreigner, and jujube tea.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Celebrity Status: The Rare, Wild Cracker September 2010
51 comments and 18 Likes on WordPress.com


About June 2010


The Weekly Waygook: Jujube Tea September 2010


Korea and Me: The Apartment September 2010


Down the Tokki Hole: The First Days of My New Life September 2010
11 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

8 thoughts on “A Year (or Sixish Months) in Blogging

  1. Michael:

    Congratulations! That’s a lot of 747’s and even with your large family you have obviously attracted a significant following beyond the familial borders. I am already looking forward to the book version of your Blog.


  2. Congrats Michael!!!!

    1) Soon enough you will be famous, with gradually more and more 747s of ppl reading your stuff…

    2) Everyone I’ve told to read it, only says great things about how ur awesome…

    3) I agree strongly, WRITE A BOOK FOR US MICHAEL! pwease?

  3. I had the exact same reaction to my wordpress summary – no idea what my benchmark really should be, but still overjoyed at that cute little meter. Congrats on keeping up your blog – you’re always fun and informative to check in with, and write with a distinctive voice. Here’s to a new year of blogging!

    • Yeah, I looked at it askance, trying to think if it was actually something to be excited about. And then I decided to put away all of the tidbits I know about statistics and just enjoy that it said wow.

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