2022’s greatest hits

Every year at this time I look back at the year’s most popular posts and review my stats.

Stats

Let’s start with the stats. The number of pageviews I get is a great vanity metric. I got over 28,000 more pageviews this year than last year, making this my second-best year (after 2018) on this metric. I have no idea why. I didn’t have any real breakout hit posts. As the year progressed, my average daily views just kept rising.

Captured 27 Dec 2022, 11:45 am

Comments were down again this year, however, by 14 percent. That’s a metric that matters more to me, because my great reward for writing this blog is interacting with you. Conventional wisdom is that commenting continues to decline on sites thanks to social media, but other than that I can’t explain this year’s drop.

Referrals are increasingly a big source of traffic here. These are the top five non-search referring sites this year: Facebook (at over 15,000 views, thanks to shares), Analog News (at about 2,400 views), Mike Eckman Dot Com, Casual Photophile, and Camera Go Camera (at under 1,000 views each).

These are the top five sites you visited through links on this site: Flickr (just over 10,000 clicks), Alex Luyckx Blog, 35mmc, Casual Photophile, and Photography and Vintage Cameras (Mike Connealy) (all in the ballpark of 1,000 clicks).

Posts

I always lead off with the five posts I liked best. I had a hard time choosing because I didn’t love my writing this year. I am capable of better work than I put out in 2022. But given all that’s gone on, I’m choosing to be content.

My most viewed posts from 2022 rose to the top thanks to search and heavy sharing on Facebook. Here are the top five.

  • Film photography blogs you should follow — This annual post always does well.
  • Carspotting 2022 — This post of old parked cars that I published just last week got shared on a couple of popular Internet newsletters, and it blew up my stats.
  • Fuifilm Instax Square SQ6 — This review of an instant camera did very well, I’m sure because Instax cameras are hot.
  • Building US 41 near Terre Haute in the 1920s — A Terre Haute historian sent me some vintage photos of this highway being built and asked if I could date them. I did, and told the story of how I did it.
  • Minolta Maxxum 5 — My review of this camera is, as far as I can tell, the only one on the Internet. My post rocketed to the top three search results on Google, driving a lot of readers to it.

Here are the five posts you commented on most in 2022. Thank you for engaging with my writing and photography.

Thank you for reading Down the Road in 2022! I wouldn’t keep doing this if you didn’t keep reading and commenting.

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Comments

14 responses to “2022’s greatest hits”

  1. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    Keep those odd ball camera reviews coming!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’m noticing lately when I troll eBay for cameras that I’m finding it hard to be interested in most things! I’ve shot enough cameras in enough genres now that I prejudge a lot of gear just by looking at it.

  2. Greg Clawson Avatar
    Greg Clawson

    Jim, just keep up the good work!
    You have invested a huge amount of blood, sweat, tears, and talent to entertain us, enlighten us, and invite us into your space and make it seem like we are all friends.

    I like the eclectic blend of camera reviews, travel and road trips, and most importantly the personal stories you share from the heart. You are more transparent than most people would dare to be in a public forum.

    Thanks Jim for all you do, and may God bless you and your family in the New Year!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thank you, Greg, so much, what a lovely and kind thing to say! Happy New Year to you and yours as well.

  3. Thomas Hooley Avatar
    Thomas Hooley

    Merry Christmas, Jim — I know it’s after now but I continue wishing it till Twelfth Night as New Year never was a big thing in England when I was small (Scotland is different).

    I wanted to say how much I enjoy your very nicely produced film-based photos. From limited experience I appreciate how hard it can be to make even the most everyday scenes work in a picture and your street / buildings / fences / signs / bridges bear witness to the care you take in the execution and post-production. Converging verticals, extraneous items etc don’t make photographic life easier! So I find your projects a great source of ideas and challenges. My own thought for the next few months is to be less dependent on 35 and 50mm lenses (which work well for me) and use my 85 & 135mm primes more for views and people pictures. My long 80-200 zoom is too conspicuous for that but indispensable for athletics / distance races.

    All the best,

    Tom

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks Tom! I suppose I’ve photographed these things long enough that I’ve figured out some ways to make these mundane subjects look good.

      I’m not sure what I want out my photography next year. I don’t have any projects in mind. Maybe I just want to enjoy the gear I already own!

  4. brandib1977 Avatar

    Yours is still one of my favorite blogs and the first I look for in the mornings. Thanks for another enlightening year!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      You are most welcome!

  5. Daniel Brinneman Avatar

    I like the colorful charts. I see I missed reading your fog post. Keep writing.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      The charts are straight from the Jetpack app on my iPhone. Sure makes this post easy.

  6. tbm3fan Avatar
    tbm3fan

    So does that mean that the Maxxum 5 is going to now soar in price? What have I done! Anyway Happy New Year all as I sit in a house, if you will, 60 miles east of Manila that my wife financed for her niece. Talk about roughing it in the boonies as I got my first mosquito bites in 57 years!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I struggle to imagine how my little blog would have material impact on gear prices! You’re in the Philippines? If you wanted a mosquito bite, you needed only come to Indiana. It’s a lot closer.

  7. J P Avatar

    Belated congratulations on another great year of blogging. I am in awe of your stats which are 10x mine. Then I realized that you published 7x more frequently, so I felt better. :)

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks! 17 years Feb. 7!

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