Following on from last year I’m doing a quick recap of stats for 2017 which I always find a little interesting. This year the site has seen a few changes, a lot of posts now refer to reviews I’ve had published elsewhere and don’t include screenshots or gifs from movies which may attract views. I don’t know. My stats have gone through the roof due to the large interest shown to a post I did on the movie The Founder which I think got placed on a site by WordPress that increased traffic to the post. At the same time I haven’t engaged with my fellow bloggers or sought to grow my blogging community and so you’ll see number of likes has decreased as a result. All I can say is I enjoy my current blogging community and the size of it and am grateful for their continued interest and I want to remain able to keep up with them semi-regularly and so don’t worry a lot about getting new followers. Always nice to grow though. I have some plans for 2018 but I had some plans for 2017 and not all of them came to fruition so we’ll just see what happens.
The United States retains the crown for most views this year, the United Kingdom comes second place after barely coming in third last year with Autralia now in third place. Congratulations to Canada who remains in fourth and has cracked over 1,000 views for the year. It was hard fought but Germany cracks the Top 5 this year. Spain, Brazil and France all fall out of the Top 10 this year. A post I wrote about a good man I knew who passed away saw an uptick in views from his homeland of Malaysia and one of his favourite countries in the world Japan. Goodbye Kelly Chen, you will are so obviously missed by so many far and wide. I’m particularly touched to see my post has resonated with those who knew him best. Any mention of Taika Watitti sees an uptick in New Zealand view. Congratulations to Indonesia and India who cracked the Top 10 this year, hope you’re enjoying the blog.
Top 10 Most Views by Country
- The United States of America 9,126 Views
- The United Kingdom 2,339 Views
- Australia 1,848 Views
- Canada 1,057 Views
- Germany 166 Views
- Japan 163 Views
- Indonesia 120 Views
- New Zealand 113 Views
- India 100 Views
- Malaysia 92 Views
Out of 105 posts published for the year the following 25 got the most views. In 2015 the blog started to grow with 1,609 views, 333 visitors, 23 Likes and 30 comments. In 2016 the blog received 5,673 views, 3,206 visitors, 546 Likes and 751 comments. In 2017 this grew to 16,767 views (more than a third of which were for The Founder Review), 11,891 visitors, 1,240 Likes and 1,707 comments. This was helped in no small part thanks to the support and interest from my fellow bloggers.
Top 25 Most Viewed Posts 2017
- Ray Kroc…What An Asshole 5,992 Views
- Goodbye Kelly Chen and Thank You 303 Views
- Minor Roles That Had A Major Impact – Lucy From Going In Style 187 Views
- Extras Who Add A Little Something – Kathy Larson and Missy Wolff 141 Views
- The Appropriately Titled Jack Reacher: Never Go Back 131 Views
- Review of Young Australian Filmmaker Shorts Available on Scenestr 127 Views
- Extras Who Add A Little Something – John B. Destry 112 Views
- Minor Roles That Had A Major Impact – Dr Lamar from Gattaca 89 Views
- Minor Roles That Had A Major Impact – Stephanie from The Naked Gun 89 Views
- Star Character Actors: Stephen Tobolowsky 85 Views
- Best Dressed Award Season 2017 Part I 85 Views
- The Mystery Blogger Award Nomination 84 Views
- The Seven Ages of Clint Eastwood 80 Views
- The Long Overdue Film About Jadotville 76 Views
- Hugh Jackman as The Wolverine 72 Views
- You Can’t Keep A Good Kong Down Even If You Should 72 Views
- Star Character Actors – J.T. Walsh 71 Views
- Over 1,000 Views for The Founder Review 70 Views
- Major General John Cantwell – Hero, Veteran, Human Being 69 Views
- La La Land: A Modern Musical 68 Views
- The Seven Ages of Harrison Ford 67 Views
- Spider-Man: Homecoming and Atomic Blonde Reviews Available at Buzz 66 Views
- My Favourite Films of 2016 65 Views
- Minor Roles That Had A Major Impact – Jaguar Owner from Speed 64 Views
- The Perspective of the Girl on The Train 64 Views
As you can see the posts about extras and characters actors were very popular so I hope to bring them back in a way in 2018. Also I really liked the idea of doing the Seven Ages posts but unfortunately the time needed and the titles that have to be seen makes that challenging. Going through all the posts and figuring out what got most likes will simply take too long but please continue to like my posts if you like them because it is always a thrill for me when I see those little icons below the post. A lot of my posts were about reviews published elsewhere this year which seem to attract attention mostly from my long time core readers. Thank you very much for supporting me in these new ventures, it has meant a lot and I think also shows my editors that I do have an audience that I bring along with me. It really is appreciated.
For Your Consideration
Now it’s time for some shameless self-promotion where I point out reviews I’m very proud of from that year that you might want to check out. In going over the 105 posts for the year there were many I’m pleased with and glad found an audience but citing them seemed redundant. They are a time and place and people either read them then or will discover them later. Some of the posts I do on here now have become more personal whether it is me remembering BIFF or describing a recent holiday to Newcastle. There are some reviews I’m proud of and some reviews I’m not. Yet again they either found an audience or they didn’t, people seemed to like the Tom Hanks Top 5 over at Heavy and had lots to say about my review of Dunkirk. My review for Queensland Ballet’s Raw and Hidden Figures at Scenestr will always have personal significance for me and I worked really hard for them to be good. I felt energised when writing about The Go-Betweens: Right Here than I was when writing about Kingsman: The Golden Circle. I enjoyed my list of Best Films for 2016 and look forward to doing one for 2017 once the bulk of Oscar releases arrive here in Australia. Come on Ladybird! I should take this opportunity to mention that 20th Century Women and Nocturnal Animals would have easily made the 2016 list if I had seen those movies at the time. I’m humbled to see the review of The Siege at Jadotville was met with approval from someone who’s father had served at Jadotville. If from my small corner of the internet someone has learnt a bit more about the Irish at Jadotville or the strength of Major General John Cantwell then that makes me very proud. In the end though I just want to say cite two pieces. The first is a review I did of the movie Fences, I just like my review which mentions something about one of my grandfathers. The second… Many years ago I worked with a young man on the set of a film being shot on the Gold Coast named Vigilante. He passed away earlier this year and while I didn’t know him very well I was struck by thoughts of how he had lived his life. Not just personal career achievements but the measure of the man was in how he had treated others and enriched their lives. This is a legacy to aspire to and I tried to put into words my memories of him in a post. I would urge people to take a look if they haven’t. His name was Kelly Chen.
Well that’s another bunch of stats for another year. I would like to take this moment to thank you all for your continued support Pete, Cindy, GP, Don, Vinnie, Jay, Sean, Paul, Allen, John K, Michael, Jet, Eddie, Alex, Paol, Jordon, John R, SJS, DB, Emma, The Film Blog guy, Jersey Dreaming, Robin, Eric and anybody else who takes the time to read these posts. It would be helluva lot less fun without you all.
12 thoughts on “THE YEAR THAT WAS 2017 ON LLOYD MARKEN WORDPRESS”
Bravo on your 2017 – it’s always interesting to se what clicks with people, and what impact a “shared” post can have – here’s to more fun discussions in the new year!
Too true John, thank you. I look forward to blogging more with you in 2018.
That’s a terrific overview of your year, Lloyd. I like to think I didn’t miss a post, but let me know if I did, and I will read it! Nice to see more photos features, and of course more of your lovely wife. I enjoyed all of it of course, but I think your ‘Seven Ages’ features were top notch, and I really liked your tributes to the actors who excelled in supporting roles and bit parts.
Best wishes to you both for 2018, and looking forward to another year of being blogging friends.
Thank you for sharing what you enjoyed most Pete. I’m glad you liked them and will look into doing something more along those lines this year. I’m looking to continuing with our little penpal community. Thank you so much for everything you’ve checked out, its really appreciated. Will pass on you enjoyed photos.
Happy blogging! My posts that get the most clicks are usually my controversial ones, especially if it contains the word “Overrated” in the title. People are always looking at my “Wonder Woman is Overrated” post…haha.
Well that would draw eyeballs Courtney. I enjoyed it but the third act was another CGI-athon. 🙂
Thanks for stopping by Courtney.
Big congrats on all the success of 2017. I’m so happy for you and hope 2018 can render more of the same for you.
It is always great to have lots of followers and visitors! I would be thrilled, Lloyd!
The magazine and being published part is something to be extra proud of, since actually almost everyone wants their writing to be validated! Congratulations on 2017, here’s to an equal or better year ahead for us all!🏆 💞
Right back at you Robin. You’re certainly drowning in likes and followers. Well done to you to all you’ve achieved.
I’m not sure this is very much my own doing, Lloyd. I do tend to be eclectic in my posts. Thanks for your warm thoughts. 🌞