Lets get to some numbery-maths for the year. I still genuinely have a lot of fun breaking my blogging year down in stats, although in any other life situation you won’t catch me near statistics. If you’re interested the 2022, 2021, 202020192018, and 2017 breakdowns are linked. Watch the blog grow and morph in real time!

Just as a note: I’ve spent zero pennies on marketing of any kind since I started this blog in November 2016. Instead, I’ve focused on blog-hops and building relationships. That means super slow growth and also super low stress levels.

(If slow is not the way you would want to grow your website, then these will not be very helpful posts for you, but you can totally stick around and read some . . . well . . . meaningless statistics anyway? Loves for the blog, please? STAYY?)

Note to self:

Visitors in 2023: After a banner year in 2022 with 4,947 visitors, 2023 was not so great. It’s bound to happen when I post about once a month and the day-job is taking more precedence than the writing. 2023 still turned in a respectable 3,367 unique visits.

Top 5 Posts from 2023:

To my complete lack of surprise, the number one post this year was Book Tropes: The Grovel in the Novel. This little beauty is the top post for the second year in a row and still continues to send hundreds of bookworms on a hunt for new books.

2. 15 Gorgeous Literary Tattoos had a bit of a resurgence this year, although I can’t pinpoint why. It’s one of my earliest posts, from 2017!

3. Coming in third, another older post: Frequently Used Words in Romance. It’s good to know that ‘moist’ gives the majority of people the ick.

4. Book Tropes: I Can’t Argue With you When You’re Sick! continued to prove that readers love a good spatting antagonists taking some time for a little vulnerability in their plot.

and at number 5 another book tropes post, this time I Hate Everyone. Who Isn’t You. I honestly thought all five top spots would be full of the book tropes posts, so this goes to show what I know about blogging.

Here is your Carlton Dance gif, as a reward for making it this far.

Favourite post I wrote in 2023:

Again the comments and conversations were a lot of fun. Plus, we all collectively decided that the internet=Black Magick. That made The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Has You Covered my favorite post of 2023.

Post I wish had gotten a little more love in 2023:

Another book trope post, which didn’t quite make it into the Top 5 list. Book Tropes: You Should See the Way They Look at You. The scent of pining is the *freshest* book plot scent, but up against a rec list with groveling? This one definitely got left behind.

Top five countries my readers came from this year:

  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Canada
  4. India
  5. Australia

Reasons my readers continue to be the Actual Best™:

Still here for highbrow, very literary posts (see: SE’s Recommendations Get a Little Hot, packed full of incredibly smutty alien romance books)

You still comment on the actual article content at the bottom of the post in question, a rare and precious treasure in the explosive Fireswamp which is internet comment sections. I adore you all for this and hope I bring something to your comment sections as well.