My website activity over the past year:
According to my chart (which cannot be copied and pasted here), I had some 3,400 visitors in October, the peak period for the year. Last month, I had 2,900 visitors, while there were 2,800 in September. Overall, the number of views steadily increased throughout 2014. For instance, there were some 2,200 visits in all of July, but around 1,250 in February.
The total visits to my blog from the day I first posted it, which was December 14, 2013, to today, December 1, 2014, is 15,152. You can see that figure in the above table.
To compare, I had a total of 1,201 visits to my website in all of 2013. That means that the site attracted 13,941 views since December 31, 2013. There can be no doubt, then, that blogging greatly increases the traffic to one’s website. The interaction was extremely low, though, considering I have gotten fewer than 20 real comments (i.e., not spam) in all that time.
Ironically, however, there were more hits on my “contact us” and “about us” buttons in 2013 than in 2014. To be precise, there were 362 clicks on “contact us” in 2013 as compared to the figure as shown above, 274 in 2014, and 343 clicks on “about us” in 2013 as compared to 234 in 2014. That indicates that most views went straight to the blog without touching on the rest of the website, except for about 1,000 more hits this year on the home page. I should mention, however, that those additional hits in 2013 may have been done by students of four to six of my classes totaling around 120 students in 2013, when I had posted documents for them to access as course work. If that is what happened, then the number of hits on the “contact us” and “about us” pages were about the same in 2014 as in 2013. Either scenario demonstrates that the blog had no effect on explorations of the other pages on my website beyond the home page. The home page did get around twice as many hits as in 2013, though.
By looking further at the above statistics for my blog in 2014, it appears that searches by sub-themes or keywords that I posted drew a proportionately small audience compared to the total number of visits to the blog under its main heading. Out of the total of over 15,000 visits to my site, the sub-headings only drew in the attention of around 3,000 viewers.