Those of you who are on my newsletter list, you know that every February I present the State of the Farm address. This year I thought I might report on how this blog is doing. (Oh, if you don’t get our newsletter – click this link.)

So let’s start with hard numbers:

Followers – 20. Hmmm, we have over 1,000 followers on Face Book, so why so few followers here. NOTICE: If you are reading this blog on Face Book, thank you! Now, click follow so you never miss a post because you know that you don’t always see everything that is posted in your newsfeed. My goal – 50 followers in 2018.

Visitors – we had 505 visitors who looked at 899 pages. That’s not bad. This means almost every visitor looked at one more page, or some left quickly and others stayed for a long, long time. If you haven’t read all the posts here, they are arranged by category in the list on the right.

top 10 Countries

So who really came?

Overwhelmingly our visitors were from the United States, Australia came in a distant second followed by Chile and Canada. The only county in the 10 ten visitors that surprised me was – Vietnam.

top 10 referrers

Where did they come from?

Or, how did they find the blog would be a better question. Not surprising at all, the number one referrer is Facebook followed by search engines and Pinterest. I have often wondered if anyone who sees the pins comes back to read the blog. Yes they do!

top 10 posts

What did they read?

Our homepage being in the top position is no surprise. Saying Good-bye tells me that a lot of our friends felt the same way about Stella’s passing as we did. Let the Games Begin is an old post that scored big in 2017 as did our blog about our sensory trail.

So what will 2018 bring? It will be interesting to see if we can attract more readers and if the readers stick around and read more posts. We certainly hope you stay and read awhile. We’re glad you came. If you see a post you like, please “like” it and leave a comment. Makes us feel good and keeps us wanting to post more.

And if you know someone who might be interested in our blog, feel free to share. Your friend will be glad you did.

Linda Watson-Call is the owner and head riding instructor at Pretty Pony Pastures. She is the author of the newly released book Fifty Blades of Hay.