Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

2015 Year in Review

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Looking back on our first calendar year, we thought we’d take a look back at some of blog’s best moments, and look at what worked and did not work for the year.

2015 Top Five Posts by number of visits:

  1. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, by James Thurber
  2. Steelheart, by Brandon Sanderson
  3. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C. S. Lewis
  4. In Real Life, by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
  5. The Sculptor, by Scott McCloud

That’s an even mix of reviews on a variety of genres.  Walter Mitty benefitted, no doubt, from the Ben Stiller movie, but we have a top 5 with a Young Adult title, Science Fiction, two classics, two Graphic Novels, and Christian title.  That’s a pretty well rounded list.

Social Media Stats: Well, let’s start with Books in the Park site in total. On this date in 2014, Books in the Park had 918 views for the year(a year consisting of only October, November, and December with 51 posts). As of today, for 2015, Books in the Park has 3008 views for 163 posts, which is to say, essentially the same number of visits per posts as last year (it’s slightly more). That’s just a smidgen over 8 visits a day to the blog.

However, visits to the blog is not a complete look, because the site also has 132 WordPress followers, up from 56 on this day last year, which is healthy growth for followers, but also is a number of people who don’t visit the blog because the entries get pushed to them instead. Essentially, if we were to take the average of the WordPress follower numbers of the last couple years (which would be 132) and multiply that by the number of Books in the Parkentries for the year so far (163, not counting this one), that would be another 21,516 “visits” to our blog posts, for an aggregate average of 67 daily “visits” to our reviews. This also doesn’t count the people who see it through RSS feeds (Feedly, etc) or via Tumblr and other sources.

Here’s how people came to the site from other sites in 2015: Google was by far the largest driver of visits, followed by Twitter, (our webpage) and Facebook.  These four made up 84% of the referring sites. We promote our posts on Twitter, Facebook, and our webpage, so those are to be expected.  Google searches total more than all of these, and interestingly, there are about 10% of the Google searches which are Google Image Search.  We imagine there are other book reviewers looking for book cover images for their reviews!

We find that about 5% of our clicks from our site are leading to the items in our collection, which is gratifying. One of our goals was to introduce books which were good but not getting a lot of press.

All in all, it has been a pretty prolific year for Books in the Park. Looking forward to next year, we have plans to add reviews for new books added to our collection, and more article-type content about books and other media.

What would you like to see more of from our blog?  Please comment!

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