Top 20 Whale Sound posts and other stats

    1. ‘Something Brighter Than Pity’ by Carolina Ebeid
    2. ‘And Her Name Was I Am Not Staying’ by Corey Mesler
    3. ‘A Hole In My Name’ by Amy King
    4. ‘Vestment’ by Sarah J. Sloat
    5. ‘At Ruby’s Diner’ by Sherry O’Keefe
    6. ‘Lament’ by Jill Alexander Essbaum
    7. ‘They Seek An Inky Elixir’ by Christine Boyka Kluge
    8. ‘The Way Back’ by Kathleen Kirk
    9. ‘The Day the Beekeeper Died: Sulaymaniya’ by David Allen Sullivan
    10. ‘Miniatures’ by Mary Biddinger
    11. ‘Kingdom’ by Nancy Devine
    12. ‘Sink or Float [quick fix witch]’ by Juliet Cook
    13. ‘After Adultery’ by Collin Kelley
    14. ‘Raguel’ by Christine Klocek-Lim
    15. ‘A History of Stone and Shadow’ by Carolyn Guinzio
    16. ‘The Rising and Falling of Trees’ by Pat Fargnoli
    17. ‘A Bigfoot Poem’ by Dave Bonta
    18. ‘Death By Precipitation’ by Patricia Lockwood
    19. ‘Half Moon’ by Juliet Cook
    20. ‘Distance’ by James Cervantes

This captures the number of hits on the current existing 63 posts, using the Top Posts of All Time WordPress function (as opposed to the Top Posts Today, This Week or This Month), so it’s not really fair to more recent posts, which haven’t had the time to garner the hits older posts have been able to rack up (although look at Jill Alexander Essbaum’s ‘Lament’, only posted yesterday!) The ranking overall is probably a week or two behind reality, though, I’d say.

Other stats of possible interest:

Whale Sound
launched on August 30 and it’s now early October, so September represents a full month of activity. WordPress shows that Whale Sound got almost 4,000 visits during September (3,832, to be precise). If you look at weekly activity, visits apparently hover around the 150 mark every weekday, dipping to between 50 and 100 on weekends (Whale Sound doesn’t post on weekends).

On Facebook (click here and like!) Whale Sound has 99 fans so far, who are 73% female and and 22% male. The vast majority (80% plus) are US poets. We love this, while also remaining interested in branching out. My own personal stats, for participating poets posted and pending, show that Whale Sound poets are currently 62% female and 38% male.

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Nic Sebastian

Nic is the author of Forever Will End On Thursday and Dark And Like A Web. She founded the now-archived Whale Sound site and is co-founder of The Poetry Storehouse. Nic blogs at Very Like A Whale and Voice Alpha.

6 thoughts on “Top 20 Whale Sound posts and other stats”

  1. I think I am about 74% male, but it’s hard to be sure. Seriously, 4000 page views is very good for a new website. Once your podcast is up and running, that may drop a little — but it might also create more interest in the site and build audience. Going forward, I think that having the poets’ names in the titles will bolster the good SEO you’ll be getting as a consequence of having a boatload of incoming links from featured poets. And this matters I think because in the stereotypical case of a student Googling the name of a poet they’ve been assigned to reseach, if Whale Sound is near the top, they’ll get an optimal introduction to that poet’s work.

  2. I love you, Whale Sound! I love hearing poetry read & I at least an hour’s drive from places where I can see/hear live readings. Things like Whale Sound help me fill that void. Thank you :)

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