It’s been a while since I’ve done this, and I know you are trembling with anticipation, having waited so patiently. Here is the latest round of exciting site statistics!

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Ok, so maybe it’s not that exciting, but here goes anyway…

I’ve noticed a bit of a trend in 2017. My Star Trek vs Star Wars pages have been very popular, and this coincides with repeated hits from the Philippines. I’m not exactly sure why my versus pages are such a hit in that part of the world, but there you go! By the way, if you’re reading this and you happen to be the one whose visiting those pages so often, let me know what you think! Don’t keep this meerkat in suspense!

As of today, the country that’s contributed the most visits so far in 2017 is the UK, followed closely by the USA, and then the Philippines! Australia’s been bumped to fourth (sorry!).

The chief referrer, outside of search engines, has been the WordPress reader, with Twitter in second and Facebook a distant third. I need to try and use social media to promote the site more. So far, I’ve had over one thousand unique visitors to the site, and have a mighty 73 followers!

Not very exciting stuff I know, but that’s it!

I just know the title of the post has you itching to read it.

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I doubt it…

You never know…

So, how was 2016 for the site? How did it compare to 2015?

Well, in 2015 the site had 2,224 visitors. In 2016 the site had 3,405 visitors – an increase of 1,181! Not too shabby…

I posted 217 time in 2015, and in 2016 553 times – so clearly I had more to say in 2016!

Ignoring the homepage visits, the most successful page or post in 2016 was my page on F1 legend Ayrton Senna, which received 191 views. In the runner-up position was my page ‘Why Meerkats?’ The UK provided the most views, with 2,549, with the USA in second place on 2,386 and Australia in third on 601. There were views from all over the world, including Nepal, Pakistan, Egypt, Barbados, Bahrain and many other locations. It’s fair to say that Meerkat Musings has gone international!

So, will the site gain even more views this year? Watch this space!

For a little while I used to regale my readers with ‘site stats’. Little updates and the like. I stopped doing this ages ago, but I thought it might be interesting to revisit the idea, at least once in a while.

Some interesting tidbits: In 2015 my site had 4,222 views. So far in 2016, it’s had 3,964 views. 2016 is shaping up to beat 2015 quite easily.

Per country, the majority of views are from the UK, with 1,376 views, with the US close behind on 1,332 views. In third place, but some way back, is Australia, with 374 views.

Not counting search engines, Twitter is the top referrer to the site, contributing 445 views. The WordPress viewer is next on 127 views, and Facebook is third on 55 views.

The most viewed page (if we don’t count the home page) is ‘Why Meerkats?’ on 139 views, with my page on Ayrton Senna second on 108 views, and ‘The Scary Side of Radical Feminism’ sits third with 70 views.

It’s been a while since the main site has seen any activity (unless you count a refit of my pages about Feminism). For the first time in quite some time, I present several new pages, on a subject I thoroughly enjoy – astronomy.

The planets, stars and the wider universe have long fascinated me, and I hope you you like what I have to say about them!