Agapeta was born one year and a half ago, on January the 9th, 2015. So the time has come to write my semiannual review. The layout, visual style and menus are stable since several months, and I do not intend to modify them in the future.
The readership of the blog is slowly growing, it got approximately 10 000 views during the first year, then the same number in the next 6 months. The frequency of posts is stabilizing, approximately 7 per month.
Most popular posts and pages
WordPress statistics do not take into account previews of posts and pages in the Reader; indeed, some days a post gets a higher count of “Likes” or Facebook shares than of views, which indicates that some readers choose to like or share a post without really reading it.
The most popular post in the blog’s history has been Components of Love, which won a sustained success as soon as it was published last November. However for the first half of 2016, the most viewed post is John Clare: To Miss C——. In fact, it got most of its views during the week following its publication on May the 23rd. Indeed, a successful “eye-candy” blog entitled Matilda Leona was displaying thumbnails of its recent “Likes”, and this post entered the list for a week. Thus many of its readers rushed to see the beautiful nude girl painting by William Sergeant Kendall that decorates the poem by John Clare. Also, Agapeta was on its blogroll, attracting further readers. But soon this blog was suspended by WP for violating their TOS, which suddenly stopped the flow of readers.
A similar story happened last year, when a similar blog entitled Copine 1 and 2 gave the name of the girl identifying Agapeta (in the blog header, its blavatar and my gravatar), as well as the origin of her 3 photographs that I use in some posts. It also brought many readers, but only for a very short time, because a few days after it was also suspended for TOS violation. See A reader’s discovery.
A noir, E blanc, I rouge, U vert, O bleu : voyelles,
Je dirai quelque jour vos naissances latentes
Arthur Rimbaud, Voyelles
These two stories have convinced me that pictures of scantily clad pretty girls attract many more readers than poetry and reflections about love. Anyway, I will put these two blogs into the
The next most popular is the Links page, which slowly grows. Then come Gilbert O’Sullivan: Clair, Victor Hugo : Chanson de grand-père and Martial: Epigrams on Erotion.
The highest number of “Likes” given by WordPress readers to a post or page is 13, it was obtained by Edgar Allan Poe: Eulalie. What in a post attracts “Likes” seems mysterious to me, I have finally come to think that it is simply chance. Indeed, this post has no pretty girl to illustrate it, and Poe’s poem Eulalie is not more beautiful than Annabel Lee.
As always, the four countries with the highest number of views are (in order): the USA, France, the UK and Germany, with a clear dominance for the USA. But for the last 6 months, Russia comes fifth. Recently a “DOCUMENT_REFERRER” from Russia visited all 133 posts for two consecutive days.
In the near or far future I intend to publish posts on the following topics:
- A few more poems by John Clare, written before he was interned in an asylum.
- The poetry of Francis Thompson.
- Gertrude Chataway, the child-friend to whom Lewis Carroll dedicated The Hunting of the Snark.
- An essay on Ernest Dowson, the man and the legend.
- One more theoretical reflexion on love and sexuality.
I might also write something about Minou Drouet, or show some more poems by Edgar Allan Poe.
If you have ideas or suggestions about writers, artists or topics to be covered, don’t hesitate to write.