I admit I swiped the cool idea to rehash last year’s top 10 posts from several of my favorite legal bloggers. To get that information, I had to pay a rare visit to Google Analytics. I don’t pay much attention to Practical Paralegalism’s site statistics (definitely my bad), but what I discovered last night about the number of visits this blog received in December 2010 shocked even me.

Mom, I Thought I Could Count on You

Practical Paralegalism received 11 total visitors during the whole month of December. 11.

Heck, I visit the site to proofread and nitpick over posts at least that much myself. And I thought for sure I could count on my mom checking in regularly. I should have at least, like around 47 visits, right?

I was floored. I mourned all the valuable time I lost to blogging when I could have been watching all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on DVD. I vowed to quit blogging and made watching all seven seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer on DVD my only 2011 New Year’s Resolution.

Then I wondered what happened. How did I go from thousands of readers a month through October to only 11 in December? I never talk about religion, although I did use the word Jesus once in a post – but I didn’t pick sides. I never mention politics, although I spent an entire night wondering who’d steal the voting roster from a polling site.

And I hardly ever use expletives, even though I seriously adore them, except for that one post where I slipped and told my readers how much I love the word whuck (if it’s good enough for Tina Fey, then it’s good enough for me) and where to find cool WTF posters. (For some reason, I think this WTF Larry? coffee mug would help me through tough days at work, and Larry seems like the ideal person to blame when things go wrong.)

So naturally, the first word out of my mouth was WHUCK?!?

Whew, Mom, I Can Count on You

Then the blogger light bulb lit up as soon as I realized that I lost all my readers when I changed Practical Paralegalism’s template in late October 2010. I thought y’all liked the change, but maybe not so much, huh? But a quick Google search revealed that the tracking code Google Analytics uses to keep up with Practical Paralegalism’s statistics was deleted when the new template was installed. Oops.

Practical Paralegalism actually had almost 67,000 page views from January 1, 2010 through the end of October 2010. (You Go, Mom!) (And, like, 36 total for November and December, but I don’t want to talk about that anymore…)

Here are the top 10 posts from last year (at least through October 2010):

  1. Beware of Online Sample Paralegal Resumes
  2. What Else Can You Do With a Paralegal Degree? (Still accepting job titles)
  3. Top 10 Tips for Brand New Paralegals
  4. Step Up Your Game: Breaking into Today’s Paralegal Profession
  5. 21 Places to Look for Paralegal Scholarships
  6. What to Wear to a Paralegal Job Interview
  7. Nancy W. Kappes Paralegal T-Shirts
  8. Hey, Paralegals, What’s in Your RSS Reader?
  9. FBI Hiring Thousands, Including Paralegals
  10. HIPAA Is Funny. No. Really

Some fun statistics: someone Googled “crazy is as crazy does” to get here. Thanks, and right back atcha. Someone else wanted to know, “Is a sweater inappropriate for a boss to give to a administrative assistant?” I dunno, I suspect it depends on the sweater.

Thank you for reading, sharing post links, re-printing posts, submitting guest posts and professional profiles, commenting at posts, and simply telling me that you enjoy Practical Paralegalism when you see me. Y’all are way better than seven seasons of Buffy, and I could not do this without you.

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