Whether this is the first time you’ve visited my blog or you’re a loyal follower, I want to say thanks for stopping by my little corner of the internet.
Since this week is the third anniversary of my mental health and wellness blog, it’s time for my annual recap about trends and numbers from my social media sites over the past year and from my entire three-year social media journey. Here we go!
Site traffic: As I write this, with a few weeks left in the year, I’ve had over 123,000 unique visitors to my blog over the past three years. My traffic has more than doubled each year, from 16,000 visitors in 2015 to 34,000 in 2016, to over 73,000 visitors this year. Total page views over the three years exceed 175,000.
International audience: 38% of the visitors to my blog are from outside the United States. The top ten countries for site visitors for 2017 are the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, India, Philippines, Singapore, Ireland, New Zealand, and South Africa.
Total number of posts: I’ve continued to post once per week this year, so I’m up to over 150 blog posts over the past three years. I still haven’t missed a week yet (knock on wood). Here’s a handy index of all of my posts if you would like to explore further.
My most popular post: For the second year in a row, “8 Reasons Why People Don’t Get Treatment for Mental Illness” was my most viewed post, and it remains my most popular all-time post. The staying power of this one post still continues to surprise me.
Other popular posts: My second most popular post this year in number of views was another long-standing post: “5 Simple Steps to Reduce Stigma About Mental Illness.” Coming in third for 2017 was a fun post published earlier this year: “10 Great Films About Mental Illness and Addiction.” Rounding out the top 5 in most views for this year are “9 Benefits of Support Groups” and the sequel to the “8 Reasons” post: “Overcoming the 8 Reasons Why People Don’t Get Treatment for Mental Illness.”
Stories of Hope: I published 21 new interviews in my “Stories of Hope” series this year, featuring more inspiring and courageous people who share their challenges and victories in their personal struggles with mental illness. I’ve now done a total of 45 interviews in the series and have several more in the pipeline for the coming months. Please contact me if you would like to share your story of hope.
Twitter: I’m currently up to over 9,600 Twitter followers, and about 39% are from outside the United States. While Twitter is not as popular as Facebook in worldwide subscribers, I’ve met some wonderful Tweeters, including hundreds of mental health advocates, over the past three years that I’m sure I wouldn’t have met through other media.
LinkedIn: My LinkedIn connections have more than doubled this year, from 1,700 to over 3,600. I tend to interact with lots of mental health professionals there, but I’ve also connected with a growing variety of people from many different businesses and industries.
Facebook: I’m up from 850 to about 1200 followers on my professional Facebook page. I link to all of my blog posts here, and also feature content from other mental health sources.
New media adventures: Earlier this year I was approached by Kaja Perina, Editor-in-Chief at Psychology Today, who asked me to start blogging on their site. Since then, I’ve republished about 10 articles from this blog there, under “The Recovery Coach” byline. I also enjoyed being interviewed by Brett Francis for Not Broken Radio, and I recently completed an interview on a popular podcast which will be released soon. Here are some additional links to more of my media appearances and online contributions.
Social media workshop: This year, I presented a three-hour introductory social media workshop to some of my psychologist colleagues at our state psychological association’s annual convention. We talked about how to set up a blog, and how to use platforms including Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook for public education and advocacy about mental health. If you would like me to talk with your group about how to use social media for mental health promotion or just to talk about other mental health topics, please contact me.
As before, my mission for my mental health social media efforts remains unchanged: to provide proven, science-based information and resources to offer support, hope, advocacy, inspiration and encouragement to persons in recovery from mental illness and addiction and to those who care about them.
I’m so grateful to all of you for your comments, feedback and support, and I hope you’ll come back often and visit with me here over the coming year.
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