Moving Too Fast


Yeah, there’s why I’m blogging.

And time really goes quickly when having so much fun. This time last year seems like a couple of weeks ago when I was over half a day into running this blog. I posted my first piece a few minutes before midnight on April 5th. Didn’t have the courage to do it in the light of day as I wasn’t sure anyone would ever read it, and if they did, would I really want them to? LOL! No, seriously, I knew I was going to have fun with this no matter if only a few of you read it. It’s been much more fun than I conceived, and a little more than a few of you read it. Thank you for that.

So some statistics, which frankly, I’m mostly posting for my own encouragement.

233 published posts and almost that many in draft. I’m most proud of that number. For someone like me to write that much is astounding. I really didn’t think I could do it.

115,519 (avg. of 9627 a month) as of a couple of minutes before midnight on April 5, 2011, and a healthy percentage is unique. But lately I’ve been getting closer to 30,000 hits a month.

Busiest Day:

March 30, 2011 — Doing the Hongi was the featured post.

Not much surprise on this one. LOL!

Top search strings:

rafrenzy
richard armitage
armitage army
richard armitage girlfriend
richard armitage captain america
richard armitage nigella lawson
richard armitage girlfriend 2010

That top one tells me a significant number of you found my blog by word of mouth; otherwise, who in their right mind would type in rafrenzy? Okay, yeah, I know there’s a game by that name but doubt all or most of those searches were done by gamers. I’m surprised at the second string because months ago I inhibited the Google bot. Oh well. Still not up to speed on how to do all of that.

I never thought ‘armitage army’ would end up being one of my top searches, but then I did wax on about it quite a bit. As a result, the blog ended up on the first page of Google when the string ‘richard armitage army’ or any variation was used. That’s when I quickly inhibited Google bot, ’cause I’m fine being on the 18th page. More freedom that way. :D

Man, ‘girlfriend’ is hot! Yep, I knew that would be a top search, but I had no clue how much so. Kick in the head is that I’ve only used the tag ‘girlfriend’ or the word itself in four posts, and the first time used was done just to mess with people. LOL! Amazing, and it’s brought me tons of readers. Sorry I don’t have more about it but doubt I will have much in the future either. I hope those of you who landed here by searching that string were not too disappointed at my lack of coverage.

As for the other two strings, I had no way of anticipating them, but I’m so glad I got lots of hits for Nigella Lawson. I love those posts where she’s mentioned, and surprisingly, it’s only four again.

In case anyone might be wondering, no, I don’t have the ability to see who searched on what. The software is only configured to filter the search strings.

Top referrers:

Armitage Fan Blog
Me+Richard
Twitter
Facebook
C19
Wordpress
Mail
RichardArmitageNet.Com
Spooks Fan Blog
An RA Viewers Perspective

These stats also tell me that most of my traffic is word of mouth with only a little being from searches, i.e., WordPress, Twitter and Facebook being mostly indicative of searches. I didn’t even want to make a Facebook page, and I forget now why I did. Still not a fan of Big Brother Facebook. As for Twitter, that is my only concession to anything high profile, but I’m having so much fun there, I can’t stop. Oh, and thanks to you, Natalie, Servetus, Phoebe, Ali, Skully, and Mulubinba for making my place easier to find. And the ‘Mail’ are subscriptions.

Top Ten Posts:

What Would You Do If You Were Checked Out by Richard Armitage?
Being Richard
I’m Scaring Myself
Doing the Hongi
I’d Have to Shoot Them
Maybe It’s True?
Who the Hell is Richard Armitage?
CW Breaking Out All Over
The King May Have Been Dethroned
Diary of an RA Fan — Part 8 I Sense Trouble

Duh! on the top one. Actually, I’m not sure this one really is a duh. I think this might have something to do with the blogger in question making this known on Twitter and her friends possibly coming over here to check it out. ;-) Interestingly, the common thread running through all but three of these posts is they either concern an interview with Richard Armitage or a sighting of him or both. The only ones that don’t share that have either video clips or pictures that most of you love. Anyone want to guess which RA character is in the pictures? ;-)

Least read post:

The Unlikely Duo

This is a bit of a shocker until I consider this was very early on in the blog. If I did this one today, I’m sure it would be read quite a bit — even if you don’t like Britney Spears.

Post with the most comments:

What Would You Do If You Were Checked Out by Richard Armitage?

Are you surprised? I didn’t think so. :D

Posts with no comments:

Puddle of Goo or Don’t Tell Me The Moon is Shining
The Perfect Symphony
Tangent — If Media Producers Would Just Listen to Me
Waiting on SO
Housekeeping Again
FanstRAvaganza What’s the Big Deal?

The first two posts are two of my favorites. If you don’t read anything in that list, read those. The third post is a tangent I’m deadly serious about, and there will probably be more about that as I go on — whether on this blog or somewhere else. Before I looked this up, I thought this was my first tangent. It was my fourth, and I was surprised how many I’ve done. Thirty four in all. Phew, man, I like to go off topic. The fourth post I wrote strictly for myself. It was a trip down memory lane. I let my kids read that one, but not on this blog. LOL! They always love to hear SO and I reminisce, so they loved this one. The fifth post makes total sense; however, I’ve tried to make even those worth reading. The last one has no comments because I disabled them; otherwise, I think some of you might have ruined some surprises. LOL!

First comment:

“I could have written what you just wrote, practically word for word! I had to look up the word “squee” when I first started reading blogs about him. Now I write one too! See what he makes us do? In nicer terms I call him my muse.” By Phylly

So well put! Oh the things he makes us do. :D Muse indeed.

Oh, and I forgot to look which post had the most “Likes” and now I’m too tired to go find out. Do you really care? I didn’t think so. :D Anyway, I could care less which ones you liked the most. Yes, I really said that. Haven’t you figured out by now that a lot of this stuff I write for myself? Well, I do, but I’m glad so many of you have enjoyed it. Thank you again for that, and a big thank you to those of you who have made yourselves known. What a treat you are!

And a last thank you to DelicateBlossom who was gracious about me uploading her video in one of my first posts but without previous permission. Hopefully, I’ve made that up to her, and in the near future an interview with her since she rarely says much, and some of you might be curious. I know I was. LOL!

Photo courtesy of the Richard Armitage Russian fan site

New banner courtesy of Karima, who gifted me with it a while back. Thank you, Karima.

Note: Yes, I really am going to have a final FanstRAvaganza post, but I’ve been waiting on something. If I don’t get it by tomorrow, I’m posting anyway.

23 Comments

  1. I need to read this post slowly. Lots of information to my allergic congestion today. I’ll read it tomorrow. i promise. I have go to bed. ;D

  2. Excellent retrospective of your blog year. I seem to recall that I came to it via word-of-mouth servetus. :)

    Thoroughly enjoy it. Blagger/blogger on, please.

    Top ten posts? Hard choices. Loved Who the H is Richard Armitage. Also your recent one on voices. Ah, voices, RA, and all the lovely voices and accents of the voice clips input.

  3. Pucker up – Way to go, Girl!

  4. RAFrenzy, congratulations on one year of RA blogging – keep up the good work!
    I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog and being part of the community of ‘RAFriends’ that it has created. :-)
    Thanks! x

  5. Happy blogiversary!

  6. Frenz,

    I have really enjoyed getting to know you here on the blog and offblog. Keep up the good work and thank you for the opportunities you have given me personally to share the RA goodness. :D
    Angie/aka “Auntie Mame” *grin*

  7. I used to type in rafrenzy to find this blog, not because of word of mouth, but just because I hadn’t bookmarked it for some unknown reason.

  8. BTW, congratulations and all that. I first started reading your hilarious diary entries and got hooked because of those – still want more please!! Keep it up!

  9. Congratulations on your first year of blogwisdom! Your stats are very insighttful. I’m also analyzing my stats and it’s rather addictive!

    I try to remember how I found your blog. I think it was through Natalie’s blogroll. She had a huge list from the start and started a little while before you.

  10. Congratulations on your blogoversary! Here’s to another wonderful year of RAFrenzy! *raises glass* Love the photo and the new banner. Some of the posts with no comments have now found some commentators as well! :)

  11. Happy Blogoversary! So happy to be your first commenter. :)
    Like your new Banner, anybody wanna make me one? LOL

  12. Cheers to our blogversary! While I may not always comment, I always come by to check out what’s going on!
    Wishing you happy blogging as long as you are having fun & enoying it!
    :D

  13. duh….typo….YOUR not our….frenzied slip….lol

  14. Congrats Frenz on your first anniversary! I love your blog and make sure to check it out daily. And also, good choice on the new banner. I LOVE (or should I say LURVE) that picture of Mr. A. Soooo gorgeous in that one, and those eyes!!! Since I only started reading your blog regularly in the last few months, I’ll go back and read the earlier ones. Yay! More RA material to get me through this drought. Thanks for all the hard work you put into this blog. It’s much appreciated.

  15. Happy Anniversary!

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  17. Thank you all so much, I couldn’t get it all in one post, and really it’s better that I didn’t. Please read the rest of my comments in the link above.

  18. Congrats Frenz! Your blog is funny, thoughtful and entertaining. Before I came out of lurking I went back and read all of your posts. I really appreciate the effort you’ve put into it and look forward to more.

  19. Congrats! Had to comment on the post with empty comments first of course being a topic near & dear

  20. Congratulations for the Anniversary! Hope this the the first of many!
    How you can find so many ideas to develop in your posts, I really don’t know. Ok, the Subject is really inspiRAtional, but you are gifted for writing, this is for sure.
    BTW, I miss a little the Guy wet and dirty home page photo, but I like the totally-blue eyes too.
    Best wishes, Frenzy!

  21. Congratulations for your blogoversary!
    I found your blog by Servetus. It is for me a daily dose of entertainment as well as an inspiration (for example so far, I can’t stop listening Muse)
    p.s.
    I really like your new banner (those eyes, the look is so piercing, amazing)

  22. Happy anniversary Frenz!
    I do not remember how I found your blog for the first time. Later I used to type in rafrenzy to find your blog, or through Natalie’s blogroll.
    I wish you many years of blogging! Please continue!
    PS
    I’m glad that many of you like the new banner. I would gladly do it to others.

  23. Happy 1st Birthday, dear RA Frenzy Blog!!! :)
    Proud to call you my friend, lady.


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