Monday, January 08, 2024

Appalachian Irishman, by the Numbers, in 2023 (published 1-8-2024; article #448)


New Year's greetings, dear reader! Hopefully, 2024 has started well. We don't know what this new year holds, but we know, or can know, Who holds the future, in this new year and everlastingly! I trust in Him, to guide and guard, come what may.

This second article, in 2024 -- the 100th, under the life (such as it is) topic section -- continues an annual tradition, by reviewing this website's 2023 statistics. Similar articles were for 2021 (the 12/31/2021 article) and 2022 (the 1/1/2023 article).

You, dear reader, are appreciated. May God grant you an abundance of blessings, in His service, in 2024. May peace come, to this troubled world, as we all follow the Prince of Peace.

By the Numbers

In 2023, I published 63 articles, 33 fewer than in 2022. The “Website Archive” section shows the number of articles, by year and month, from 2006 to 2024. I didn't publish any articles, in 2007, 2015, or 2018. I began to publish more articles, in 2019.

Articles totaled 446, from the inaugural article, on 3/6/2006, to the final article, in 2023. Articles are arranged topically, in twenty “Topic Sections.” An article may be included, in more than one topic section.

On New Year's Day, at 8 AM, all time article views (since 3/6/2006) were 233,550. Subtracting the 66 views, at that moment, on New Year's Day, means that all time views, from 3/6/2006 through 12/31/2023, were 233,484. (Viewing my own articles are not counted, since I can and do block my views.)

Last month, articles, on this website, generated 7,085 views, from at least 19 nations. In that month of December, the number of views, by nation, were as follows: United States 4,350, China 932, Russia 833, Bulgaria 198, Hong Kong 175, Germany 80, United Kingdom 63, India 49, Romania 40, Israel 32, South Korea 32, Ukraine 24, Singapore 23, France 20, Poland 19, Iran 16, Canada 14, Philippines 8, Sweden 6, and other nations 107. (Note that my manual count tallies 7,021, not 7,085. I speculate that this website's analytics vary, due to rounding. The variation, of 64, is negligible.)

Last year, articles, on this website, generated 70,453 total views (by my manual calculation), from at least 19 nations. Analytics, for the last 12 months, show 70,500 views (47 higher, assumed by rounding up). In 2023, the number of views, by nation, were as follows: Singapore 32,100, United States 20,000, Russia 3,860, Germany 2,540, China 1,520, United Kingdom 1,200, Hong Kong 801, Canada 553, Finland 433, Iran 427, Bulgaria 390, France 372, Israel 345, Netherlands 311, Belgium 269, India 266, Ireland 200, Romania 115, Ukraine 68, and other nations 4,660. (Note that my manual calculation, of the analytics tallies, by nation, is 70,430, not 70,500, 70 lower, again possibly due to rounding.)

In 2023, there were 36 new comments, on various articles. The total number of comments, from 3/6/2006, to today, are 248. While pleased by the views, I wish that more folks, who read the articles, would comment, every now and then.


This has been a brief review of my website, by the numbers, in 2023. The year 2023 is behind us. Only the Lord knows what 2024 will bring.

Research indicates that Horatio G. Spafford (1828-1888) wrote the hymn, “It Is Well with My Soul,” in 1873. The hymn begins and ends with the following verses.

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul.

In close, my prayer is that whatever peaceful river flows or sorrowful sea billows, in 2024, that you, dear reader, will be well, in your soul. One fine day, our faith will be sight! Life, day by day, brings what it will. I trust in Him, who holds my future. I live for Him. The everlasting mindset brings peace and joy, even when temporal sorrows come.

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