Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Halloween 2018 Post Mortem

I don't have to tell you, but Halloween has come and gone once again. In fact, it was a week ago today.  I usually take a few moments to summarize the month and this year is no exception.

Once again, I surprised myself and was able to post every day of the month with something new.

I saw a few new names in the comments (thanks and welcome Bohemian, BJB, Pecor, Richard S. and Holli)  and the return of a couple I haven't seen in a while (Brother Herbert and Alexis Treasures).  And of course, don't think I don't appreciate the usual gang: FrankO, Bob Johns, Lady M, top_cat_james, Erick, Caffeinated Joe, Mr. Karswell, and Ewen Kirk.  If I missed someone, I apologize, but you're still appreciated.

Stats for the month were up; no big surprise there.  Halloween has traditionally been my biggest month.  I had 9,863 hits in October compared to 6,533 in September.  Last October I had 15,278, but that was about the time some French-based spambot started pinging my site for some unknown reason.  I was able to stop that, but it really threw my stats for a loop.

My top 5 posts for the month were:

Movie Monster Memories
On the Twelfth Day of Halloween
Reader's Digest Condensed - October 1975 - A Special Treat
Today's Halloween Pails in Comparison
Reader's Digest Condensed - October 1972

Google was still the top-referring site for my blog with 799 redirects, proving once again that people who stumble upon my site are still my biggest customers. Facebook (yes, I do have a page) was second with 99 redirects, our Google neighbors to the north ( C'mon, Canada, do you need your own Google?) was third with 82, followed by Bing (who uses that?) and finally The Countdown.

A few of the key words that lead to my site: "fun halloween reflections", "ripley's believe it or not true ghost stories", "1978 tv guide listings",  and the oddly-worded "dolgins stores closed".

And that wraps up another Halloween Season.

Until next year...

p.s. That doesn't mean I won't be writing November through September, just not as frequently. Check back.  And thanks again for dropping by.



  1. Glad to be one of the regulars. If you ran a pub, I'd be sitting at the bar. Good posts all through the season Tom so well done.

    1. Thank you, Lady M. I enjoyed yours as well. Though I may have been negligent in commenting, I read them all.

  2. happy to be a regular as well : )

  3. I'm a regular now and added your blog to my sidebar so I don't miss a post. I'm glad I came across it!!

  4. Darn those dang French-based spambots! I missed a day Halloween but it was a busy day one of these days I will get around to my recap :) can't wait for your Christmas post's!

  5. I miss Halloween already... boo hoo! Enjoyed your Halloween Post and not surprised your stats were strong for the Season.

    1. Thanks, Bohemian. Halloween did come and go quickly. Here's to next year!

  6. Thank you for all the posts! Here's to the coming year, and the future Halloween 2019!

    1. You're welcome, Joe. Thanks for sticking with me through the lean year.


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