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Blogging through the years, in numbers

We’ve been here on WordPress for 8 years and a bit. In that time we’ve had 4598 posts! And 2,747,658 views of posts. Our busiest day ever on the blog was July 24, 2014.

21,032 people follow us on WordPress. We just celebrated 21k followers last week which is what started me down this rabbithole of numbers.

Also, 16,026 people follow us on Facebook. We’re also on Instagram with just 1336 followers and Twitter with 1745 followers. Follow us if that’s your thing.

But it’s not all about followers. There are other numbers too. From followers I started tracking what people liked and shared this list of our most liked blog posts of all time.

In 2012 our posts averaged 580 words but in the 2013 they’d grown to 690 words on average. Post length seems pretty consistent through the years though. Last year, in 2020, it was 681 words on average.

Weirdly, post likes have varied quite a bit. Posts got an average of 2.4 likes in 2012. In 2014 they got an avereage of 21 likes, and last year in 2020, 13.3 likes.

Comments also vary through the years. We hit a high in 2013, 9.1 comments per post on average and just 2.9 in 2020.

Where are all the people from? By and far, most of the blog’s readers through the years are in the United States (1.3 million), next is Canada (584k) and then the UK (225k), Australia (120k), Germany (41k), India (35k), New Zealand (22k), France (21k), Netherlands (18k), Sweden (17k) and Ireland (16k).

After that it’s Phillipines, South Africa, Finland, Singapore, Spain, Italy, Norway, Belgium, Brazil, Switzerland, Japan, Malaysia, Denmark, Mexico….and lots more.

Oh, and the blog is busiest, in terms of views, either Monday morning at 9 am or Wednesday afternoon at 2 pm.

Just a couple of more sets of numbers.

Our total word count in 2013 was 293,809

And in 2020, with a lot more bloggets, it had grown to 448,250

Finally, let’s look at the number of posts through the years.

In 2013, 426 posts.

2015, 587

2018, 616

2020, 658

Moving beyond numbers, I also sometimes track search terms that bring people to the blog. This week’s include ‘workout feminist beginner’ and ‘how does renpho calculate metabolic age’ and ‘fit feminist hiit’ and ‘biggest loser new season 2021’ and ‘is it normal to have a period at 53’ and ‘you are not your biological destiny women.’

All the statistics and data aside, we love your engagement. Bloggers at Fit is a Feminist Issue like your comments and your feedback. You might even consider writing a guest post. Drop us a line some time soon!

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What will you START/STOP/CONTINUE in 2021? Part 2

Bettina

Stop: like Susan, I don’t really have anything I want to stop

Start: hopefully baby swimming classes with the little person… I just need the pools to re-open.

Continue: doing something physical almost every day even once I return to work in February. It’s going to be tricky because I’ll be busy and tired. Let’s see how it goes, I also don’t want it to become One More Thing I Have To Do (there are plenty of those already).

Bettina running down a city street

Bettina started blogging at Fit is a Feminist Issue in 2018. One of her first posts was Competitive Streak.

Mina

START. A new writing project, even if it’s picking back up an old one I abandoned for a while. And I have to add, that I thought of this answer yesterday and woke up this am thinking of how I wanted to revise my approach to a long-standing, never finished, project. As if just setting this intention in my mind, manifested a creative idea! Now to start. For real.

STOP. The negative self talk that can be like a ball and chain, preventing me from moving forward. Okay, if I’m honest, this is really just a “reduce”.

CONTINUE. The COVID habit my partner and I have developed of taking walks end of day or in the evening. It’s such a super treat to amble, something I’ve never been good at, because I’m either “working out” or “on my way somewhere”.

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Mina and her Montreal rental bike

Mina joined us in 2018. Her first post was Riding over rocks and an appeal.

Martha

START incorporating a ten minute activity three times a day.


STOP allowing distractions to derail my work schedule.


CONTINUE my mindfulness practice at the end of every day.

Martha has been blogging here since 2015 and her first post was Getting my fit on my way.

Cate

START: going outside every single day for at least a 30 minute walk (I find myself doing way too much inside time during lockdown because now I have all the exercise equipment inside). Getting enough sleep. Eating more mindfully in the evenings.

STOP: ordering takeout that ends up with delivery costs that double the price of the food. Staying up too late.

CONTINUE: the writing project I started working on in the summer and lost track of during a super busy fall.

ALSO I am going to continue my quest to do every single Zwift route. That satisfies my unruly completist side lol. I have currently done 37 of the 76 available routes.

Cate, selfie, sunshine and water, with bike helmet

Cate, also known as fieldpoppy, has been blogging here since 2015. One of her first posts was The Lithe Old Lady Inside Me.

Christine

Start: My project for this year, in every area of my life, is to commit to working WITH my ADHD instead of trying to fight it. I’m tweaking everything, especially exercise plans, to make it easier to be consistent.

Stop: I’m stopping ‘exercise shopping’ – I save all these interesting-looking workouts in my bookmarks and in my FB saves but I don’t go back to them. If I am not planning to try them at a specific time, I refuse to continue to build up a ‘should’ file.

Continue: I will continue to take my dog, Khalee, out for a 20-30 minute walk each afternoon, no matter what the weather brings.

Christine started blogging here in 2017 and her first post was Training To Be Seen.

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Most Read Posts in 2020

Our most read posts of the year, not necessarily written in 2020. The popularity of some early blog classics lives on. Not surprisingly many of the 2020 popular posts were about covid-19.

The most popular post of the year was COVID-19 and the gym, written by guest bloggers and building engineers Cara and Sarah. (2020)

At 53.5 Cate was still menstruating and her post about that was the second most read post on the blog. (2018)

JLo and Shakira are very fit older babes. They performed at a football game, controversy ensued, and Sam blogged about it here in our third most read post. (2020)

Our fourth most read post was all about Sam watching Brittany Runs a Marathon so you didn’t have to. (2020)

Crotch shots, sports photography and the objectification of athletes bodies is an older blog post with words in the title that often get put into search engines. Sam’s seven year old post was our fifth most read post. (2013)

Our sixth most read post was also from 2013. It’s Sam on sexual depravity, bike seats and speed. (2013)

Catherine had things to say about the NYT six minutes workout. That was the seventh most read post of the year. (2020)

The eighth most read post was Tracy doesn’t want to be a Precision Nutrition VIP membe. (2018)

Tracy also blogged about the “covid 19” and how she thinks it’s fat phobic. That was the ninth most read blog post of the year. (2020)

Finally, the tenth most read post was another old one by Sam about CrossFit and women’s bodies. (2014)

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2020’s Top Posts

These are most read posts in 2020 that were also written in 2020. Tomorrow I’ll share a list of most read posts in 2020, regardless of when they were written.

1. COVID-19 and the gym, guest bloggers and building engineers Cara and Sarah weigh in.

2. JLo and Shakira are very fit older babes. They performed at a football game, controversy ensued, and Sam blogged about it here.

3. Sam watched Brittany Runs a Marathon so you didn’t have to.

4. Catherine had things to say about the NYT six minutes workout.

Ernie and Bert and the number 6

5. Tracy blogged about the covid 19 and how she thinks it’s fat phobic.

6. Catherine on yoga posts she cant do and what she does instead.

Cat yoga

7. What is really okay for exercising outside, in Covid times, by Cate.

8. Catherine writes that women with jobs occasionally also wear bathing suits.

9. Burpees are bad for you? Sam is surprised

Dog and owner do burpees

10. Here’s a great thing about zoom yoga, by Catherine.

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Most read posts in October, #ICYMI

  1. Cate is still menstruating and people keep reading about it!
  2. Kim is saying goodbye as a regular blogger. Miss you Kim! Looking forward to reading your guest posts when the mood strikes.
  3. It’s another pandemic shutdown for fitness studios and gyms: Cate asks, how do we help?
  4. Sam wonders why hockey is so bad at gender stereotyping in its efforts to attract girls to the sport.
  5. My metabolic age is WHAT? Nicole’s post on weight and metabolic age, whatever that is supposed to be. It’s all not very clear what it is and why Nicole should care.
  6. Cate wants to know what your pandemic closet looks like. What are you wearing and why?
  7. If you stack a cord of wood do you still need to workout? Mina wonders about that.
  8. Martha is looking ahead to winter and offering some helpful reflections.
  9. Tracy still doesn’t want to be a Precision Nutrition repeat customer. She’s done.
  10. More then 7 years ago (!) Sam blogged about crotch shots, upskirts, sports reporting, and the objectification of female athletes’ bodies.

Ghostly latte art!

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Turning over a new leaf! The blog has a new schedule

What are the changes that prompted the new schedule? Kim is stepping away from a regular blog commitment but will post as/when inspired. Bettina is back from parental leave but is re-joining gradually with one post a month. Mina, Susan, and Nat are also posting once a month. Some of the blog regulars are moving to have a consistent day–I’m Mondays, Cate is Thursdays, and Catherine is Sundays. Others are keeping a regular day but writing every other week. That’s Martha, Christine, Marjorie, and Nicole.

Thing were getting messy and it was starting to be harder than usual to keep track of who was supposed to be posting and when. We’re hoping this makes it easier.

See the guest spots? That’s where you can come and join us if you like. Read about how to do that here.

Week 1

Monday: Sam

Tuesday: Christine

Wednesday: Mina

Thursday: Cate

Friday: Martha

Saturday: Nat

Sunday: Catherine

Week 2

Monday: Sam

Tuesday: Marjorie

Wednesday: Nicole

Thursday: Cate

Friday: Guest

Saturday: Bettina

Sunday: Catherine

Week 3

Monday: Sam

Tuesday: Christine

Wednesday: Catherine

Thursday: Cate

Friday: Martha

Saturday: Guest

Sunday: Catherine

Week 4

Monday: Sam

Tuesday: Marjorie

Wednesday: Nicole

Thursday: Cate

Friday, Susan

Saturday: Guest

Sunday: Catherine

Hanging fall leaves.
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Most read posts in September, #ICYMI

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No, everyone should not wear a mask, says Marjorie Rose

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Cate is still menstruating and in this older post, she asks whether that’s a good thing.

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Lululemon is still a little bit evil says, Sam. But at least they now carry plus sizes.

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Catherine surveys meditation apps and tells us which ones she likes.

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generative aging is the title of Cate’s thoughtful post on what it means to get older.

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Cate is also planning for a fit distanced winter.

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Ann Barnfield is looking for research participants.

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Writing tips that also double as triathlon training tip and vice versa. Thanks to our guest blogger Serife Tekin.

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Tracy still doesn’t want to join Precision Nutrition VIP.

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A canoe on her head and a smile on her face. That’s Susan’s happy place.

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Most read posts in August, #ICYMI

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Our most read post of August was about Women with jobs wearing bathing suits! Yes, we do. Thanks Catherine for documenting. LOL.

Cate is still menstruating is the number two spot this month.

The third most read post was Catherine asking about plans to socialize outside in the winter. Brrr!

The new COVID tracking app and its inability work with older phones was the topic of our fourth most read post this month by Cate and Susan.

Fifth was my post about giving into pandemic fashion trends and buying a nap dress.

Marjorie Rose wrote about Getting it done with myo reps and that post was our sixth most read post.

Our seventh most read post was Tracy writing about her feeling that she still doesn’t want to be a Precision Nutrition VIP.

Our eighth most read post was Catherine’s Body weight is not a lifestyle choice.

My first post about nap dresses, Aren’t all dresses nap dresses?, was our ninth most read post.

And our tenth post read most was another fitness related fashion post in which I weigh in on the latest men’s bathing suit trend, the Brokini.

2020 Fashion Trend: The Brokini
The Brokini

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Our top ten posts in July, #icymi

1 Cate is still menstruating.

2. Guests Sarah and Cara explain why working out indoors might not be the best idea in the time of covid-19.

3. Tracy explains why she doesn’t want to be a Precision Nutrition repeat customer.

4. Sam wonders where the words are to describe large muscular women.

5. Nicole asks good questions about a study about women and working out in revealing clothing.

6. Catherine gives advice and shares her experience about kayak shopping while fat

7 Tracy asks what we’d change about the fitness industry if we could.

8. And what about the NYT 6 minute workout? Catherine has things to say

9. Catherine blogs about things that make her feel good in her body, the pandemic edition.

10. Dad bods are in the news again and Sam blogged about them again.

Image: A large spaceship landing hovering over New York City

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Bettina goes on maternity leave

My maternity leave from work officially begins on Monday, so it’s only fitting that I also start maternity leave from the blog now. Over the past couple of weeks I’ve started to understand why mat leave is a thing, and I feel incredibly fortunate to have a fairly generous policy at work: things do get exhausting as you grow bigger, especially now that it’s also hot. I also find it harder to focus, and pregnancy forgetfulness is definitely real for me.

Taking a break now feels right. I’m not due for another few weeks, but I’m going to start focussing on getting everything ready for our new arrival.

I won’t return to work until February next year, but I hope to be back to blogging earlier than that! I’ll definitely keep you posted on how things go once I can go back to exercising after the birth.

Thanks for reading along, and “see” you soon!