As mentioned last New Year’s day, January 1, 2017, Automattic used to send its WordPress users “Year in Review” summary stats, highlighting fun facts to share such as total site visitors, most popular posts, and best of all, who commented the most — or as we would say here in Hawaii, “Da’ most Podagee”. lol
Since they’re no longer doing that, the best I can tell you is this site has been viewed over 6.4 millions times since 2011 (this blog was established in 2006). There are now a total of 1,350 posts. The most comments made to date by readers are in this order: khs68 (85), haru (55), h (42), KenW (38), pat (33) and LH (23).
I must say, since I’ve changed the theme on this site, while the visitor numbers are about the same (sometime much higher, sometimes a little lower), the overall comments volume have dropped considerably, and I’m not sure why. If you care to make any suggestions or constructive criticism, please do! I’m all ears.
There was a site speed issue a few months ago due to my host server running an older version of php. It’s since been updated to the most current, and load stats look decent now from every end user point I’ve checked.
My primary objective with the current site theme is to be able to highlight popular posts and make it more visitor friendly, especially to newcomers. Not to mention more mobile friendly. Perhaps some of you preferred the original theme that made it look more like a personal blog than a commercialized “magazine” website, as it’s currently designed.
Speaking of that, I’ve been doing more commercial event coverage this past year than personal projects such as cooking demos and hole-in-the-wall, greasy spoon plate lunch joint type of visits; the latter of which usually draws more reaction from readers. Which to note again, many of them greasy spoon “grindz of the day” type of posts are now frequently put up on this blog’s Instagram feed @tastyislandhawaii (embedded here).
Without going into details, the entire 2017 was a should I say “self-reflecting” time for me. While I won’t bore you with personal resolutions for the new year, let’s just say “the engine’s going back into 1st gear”.
To you and yours, best of health, prosperity, happiness and ono ‘kine grindz in 2018!
*Feature image: Ahi Tartare from Orchids at the Halekulani.