LOOKING BACK OVER A THOUSAND POSTS

This is my thousandth post since I tentatively began my blog in December 2013. Apart from trawling through my archives or wanting to find out more about me, the three posts that have attracted the most views since then have surprised me. This might be an appropriate time to tell you how they came about:

The most viewed post is Weeds with a History (https://somethingovertea.wordpress.com/2015/06/09/weeds-with-a-history/) published in June 2015. While only ten bloggers have ‘liked’ it and it took three years before anyone responded to it (thank you Joy!), the post about three of the most common invasive weeds in South Africa (Khakibos, Blackjacks, and Cosmos) has been viewed nearly eight hundred times. Are viewers interested in weeds, or does the ‘with a history’ attract their attention? It came about as a result of one of our many travels through this country when we were climbing up Yeomanry Kopje outside Lindley in the Free State to view the graves of British soldiers buried there during the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902). As we walked through the inevitable swathes of Khakibos in the long grass it struck me then that these weeds had not existed in this country prior to that war. Having researched the subject, I gave a short talk on it at the Eastern Cape branch of the South African Military History Society. The interest shown there encouraged me to publish the post.

Following close on its heels – and closely related to it – is War Horses: the role of horses in the Anglo-Boer war (1899-1902) (https://somethingovertea.wordpress.com/2016/04/21/war-horses-the-role-of-horses-in-the-anglo-boer-war-1899-1902/) published nearly a year later. I have long been familiar with the Horse Memorial in Port Elizabeth, having first seen it as a child, but visiting the Horse Memorial on the campus of the Weston Agricultural College in KwaZulu Natal brought home to me the role that horses have played in war and in the Anglo-Boer War in particular. This post is very basic – written while I was feeling passionate about the topic but had not yet researched it deeply. Only nine bloggers have ‘liked’ it and Nature on the Edge is the only one to have responded (thank you Liz!), yet it has been viewed nearly seven hundred times. My interest in the topic grew and the more I found out about the role played by horses, the more I wanted to disseminate this. Thus I have since expanded it and addressed the Military History Society, The Grahamstown Historical Society, our local U3A and Friends of the Library – incorporating poetry and a variety of illustrations to embellish the message.

Surprisingly, the third most viewed post is on the topic of Flying Ants (https://somethingovertea.wordpress.com/2016/11/09/flying-ants/), also published in 2016. Although only four bloggers have ‘liked’ it and only Summer Daisy Cottage responded, it has been viewed close to four hundred times. We actually used to receive rain three years ago and I happened upon the alates emerging from the ground, having been alerted to this by the interest shown by a variety of birds in that particular section of the garden. I thought it would be interesting to record what was happening. Perhaps most of the viewers need to look up ‘flying ants’ for their school projects!

 

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26 thoughts on “LOOKING BACK OVER A THOUSAND POSTS

    • Not really, although I prefer writing about birds, animals and plants. My notebook is filled with scribbles and camera card filled with images that eventually make up a post.

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  1. Congratulations Anne! 1000 posts is certainly impressive. I’m wondering about your stats. I have found that my older posts get views but seldom any likes or comments, so I was wondering if WordPress, has some default mechanism that cuts off likes and comments after a certain period of time?

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    • I have come across blog posts with ‘comments closed’ and have assumed the writer has chosen not to accept any more. The posts I mention have had hundreds of views but few likes or comments, yet more recent ones have yielded a greater number. Certainly, the number of followers one has does not automatically translate into either – as you rightly observed in your Woodstock post.

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      • I asked a Happiness Engineer about it last year and he didn’t really have a reason for it, it just seems puzzling to me that with the older views there would never be any comments or likes, that’s why I am suspicious that WP closes them off. I have never seen a comments closed actually posted on a blog however. I also had a discussion with the H.E. about why I see see such a large number views on the days I post a blog, which does not translate into WP views and likes, and he said these are viewers who google, (which I find hard to believe with my small number of followers less than 200), then later I read about the people “harvesting blogs” and another reader told me my (and many others) blogs had been “Harvested” by a site called tgypress which has sense been shut down as many people complained they were posting blogs without permission or credit, but WP never acknowledged this to me in my discussion with them about trying to make sense of my stats! I think they know this “harvesting” is a problem, but they can’t do anything about it.

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