Let’s get one thing out of the way. My blogging efforts for this year totally bombed. There are several reasons for this. First, my wife and I went through a massive downsizing move from Oshawa to a townhouse. That took a lot of work and, frankly, took a lot out of me. The second reason involved monthly trips to Ohio to visit my parents. Some of you know that they are both suffering from dementia. Not an easy to watch. Needless to say, this had an effect on my blogging output. Lastly, I just hit a wall creatively and had writer’s block for much of the year. Let me tell you, writer’s block sucks.

That said, thank goodness for analytics. In reviewing the analytics for this year, several interesting statistics become evident.

For the posts published in 2016, the most viewed are as follows:

(1) I was not surprised that this post was the top one for the year.

(2) The winner of “Dancing With the Stars” is deaf and got a lot of attention. As a result, I wrote this post.

(3) This teaching topic got some nice views.

(4) During the past couple of years, I have started to question “one step sparring” and discussed it in this post.

(5) The inability of some martial artists to be honest with themselves has long bugged me. Hence, my observations of this phenomenon.

With the exception of the 1st place winner, these posts didn’t exactly garner “massive” views. In light of my writer’s block and substandard sharing on social media, this is not altogether surprising. I hope to regain my writing creativity in 2017 and get better views.

As far as total views for all posts for this calendar year, there was one major surprise and a smaller one. The top viewed posts (regardless of publication date) for 2016 are the following:

(1) Single Sinawali: Amazingly, this non-descript and not particularly well-written post from 2013 was the most viewed post for this year. Heck, I wrote this before I migrated to WordPress. I didn’t even re-share this post on any of my social media channels this year.  What the hell? This tells me that I should write some sinawali related posts for 2017 and see if this gets anywhere.

(2) Ten Reasons To Try Filipino Martial Arts: This is not surprising. This post is still the most viewed post of all time and got a tremendous response on Facebook and other social media channels.

(3) Three Reasons Why Filipino Martial Arts Suck: Again, not surprising. Like the above post, it got a great response on various social media channels, especially Facebook.

(4) 5 Effective Ways to Practice Double Sinawali: This post was written in July 2015, nearly a year and a half ago. According to my re-share spreadsheet (yes, I actually do this!), I re-shared this post on November 17th. Unfortunately, I did not measure the effect of the re-share on the numbers. But still…..

(5) The Redonda Drill: Another surprise for 2016. This was also published in the summer of 2015. Again, according to my re-share spreadsheet, I did not re-share this post. In light of the numbers, it’s time to re-share this post.

The top takeaway from the 2016 statistics is that posts containing common FMA terms (sinawali and redonda) in the title are getting a lot of hits. I need to take advantage of this trend. Stay tuned!

In terms of all-time views, there are no surprises:

(1) Ten Reasons to Try Filipino Martial Arts;

(2) Three Reasons Why Filipino Martial Arts Suck;

(3) How Filipino Martial Arts Influenced Albert Einstein:  This is easily my favorite post. This was a great experience in fictional writing. Unfortunately, my creative juices haven’t been working in terms of coming up with a different fictional post. I hope to come up with something in 2017!

(4) Single Sinawali;

(5) Martial Arts E-mail Scam: Written back in 2014, I still get hits from those who are receiving scam emails or texts.

I hope that I didn’t bore you to tears with this run-down. I’m sure that my fellow bloggers would be interested, though! 🙂

Anyway, the statistics point the way to some blog topics that I should focus on. This may aid in helping me to overcome my writer’s block. 🙂

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all readers and subscribers to this blog!

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