A recurring question for the various awards that I have encountered in my blogging experience is “If you could choose one Superpower to master – what would it be?” To which I always answer atomic manipulation. Don’t you see? That is the perfect superpower! With atomic manipulation, you can change anything into anything, including yourself! There is no superpower that can beat that, how tempting isn’t that?! X-ray vision ain’t gonna cut it! Flying? Strength? Heck no! They can’t hold a candle to atomic manipulation.
Unfortunately, atomic manipulation is not my superpower, but I am curious of what my superpower might be. As we have started a new year, I guess the thing to do is to go over last year’s statistics and try to make sense of it. Perhaps my superpower is buried in statistics. There will be two lists, as I am a bilingual blogger. I would like to call myself a polyglot, but I’m not quite there. I guess that would be a nice superpower, when I can’t have atomic manipulation, I mean…
Well, let’s consider my stats then. The top 15 are Norwegian recipes, which is not surprising as I only do food blogging in Norwegian. Also, not surprising that the Norwegian recipes are on top, as I have a couple of venues to promote my recipe-posts. Thus, I can’t draw the conclusion that recipes in Norwegian is my superpower. Here they are with their English versions listed below in case any of my English-speaking readers would like to check out my top 5 posts:
# 1, my potato salad
This was a result of perfect timing, yanno a great BBQ-side at the start of summer and BBQ-season. You just can’t go wrong with that one!
Norwegian: Verdens beste potetsalat
English: The world’s best potato salad!
# 2 The oyster sauce
I am not sure why this one made such high numbers. I guess the recipe intrigued and resonated with the Norwegians – like it did me! This is one of my fav recipes!
Norwegian: Svinemørbrad i Østerssaus
English: Pork Tenderloin in Oyster sauce
# 3 Cream Puffs
This is a very, very long rant on how I failed making cream puffs first time I tried it. It’s quite a witty text, and I think the reason it did so well was because I posted it in the Facebook group where it happened, so to say.
Norwegian: Verdens Lengste Vannbakkelsoppskrift
# 4 Sandwich cake
This is the recipe I get the most hits on from search monitors, months after the initial marketing of the post.
Norwegian: Smørgåstårta (smørbrødkake)
English: Sandwich-cake (Smørgåstårta)
# 5 Autumn food
Again, timing plays a role. Promoting recipes for comforting autumn-food at the beginning of autumn, seriously, it can’t fail!
Norwegian: Beef and Guinness Stew (Norsk)
English: Beef and Guinness Stew (English)
The top 5 (well, top 15, really) has everything to do with marketing and timing. It has nothing to do with any superpowers. You see, if I find similar venues to promote my English posts, I am sure I will match the numbers for the English posts. Lets look into them anyways:
# 1: My hometown
This was shared on Facebook by the storeowner I write about in this post. Her friends got curious and clicked the link. Again, how the post is promoted plays a huge role.
# 2: Surprising current event
I don’t think this one needs any explanation, it is timing all over again.
# 3: Funny recurring post (coffeeshare)
I had built a reader-base for my coffee shares over 3 months, and this post got lots of extra shares because the regular coffee crew liked it.
# 4: Personal recurring post (coffeeshare)
This one baffles me. It’s not really funny, although there is a feeble attempt at a joke at the end, but it’s a personal post, in which I don’t really say anything. It wasn’t promoted in any special way. I don’t get it. Is this really what you guys like to read?
# 5: Travel post with fab pics
I think this reached such high ranking because I have entered several Weekly Photo Challenges on the Daily Post. It has sort of accumulated the views over time.
I think it is safe to draw the conclusion that the stats won’t reveal my superpower. This trip into stats did reveal a big problem though; I have no idea how to promote my English posts. I have the content, I have loads of it. I have loads of it coming as well, that’s not the problem. The problem is promoting the blog, especially the English posts. If any of you marketing
mavericks and those whose superpower is blog-promotion, feel inclined to drop a few links of venues where I can promote my blog, I’ll be most grateful.
Oh, after all this bopping around in stats, NOW it hits me! I finally understand my superpower: