2016 is now receding behind us, and many of us have breathed a sigh of relief that the flaming toilet-bowl of a year is now comfortably over. With the recent inauguration of President Trump (or, as seems disturbingly possible, America’s last president) there are also many people who are casting nervous glances ahead. Still, we’ll burn that bridge when we come to it. WordPress, in the meantime, has decided not to send out summaries of annual activity, but I’ve put one together anyway (you’re welcome). So, what was 2016 really like..?
In 2016 I received 1776 visitors from 77 countries, and nearly 3500 views. The USA accounted for nearly half of those on its own, with Australia, Vietnam, and the UK next on the list (and collectively accounting for roughly another 15% of total views). Interestingly, however, despite the number of views nearly doubling over last year the number of likes and comments nearly halved. I don’t even know how to interpret that.
This year for the first time people began searching for the blog by name, which is an encouraging sign. After “unknown search terms” (thanks, Google!) the most search that brought visitors was “pug life”. Although “Sapphic erotica” also came up more frequently than I was expecting, which raises questions about what people are hoping to find here.
The most popular articles by far were those in the “Reinforcing Failure” series, with those about Attack on Titan still at the top. However, articles about the koku system and pug life were very nearly as popular. It seems that, in addition to being scathing about military anime, there’s an unquenchable thirst for wonkery about samurai society and life among the pugs. Go figure.
I have Frog-kun to thank for being my top referrer in 2016, and bemused apologies to offer to the Smithsonian museum for sending so many people there in search of a hotlink that they changed. Thank you to everyone who visited, and I hope to see you all again in 2017!