Friday, December 17, 2010

BougieNation at a glance...

Many thanks to the 883 (and still counting) folks that answered Monday's survey. Took me a minute (okay days) to compile all the data and put it into something that made sense. For the record, BougieLand has close to 20,000 visitors a week. (Thankfully not all of them filled out the survey) The more popular posts receive close to 6,000 views in a day, the least popular around 800. For a site that started out with 29 visits a week, I don't know whether to be giddy or terrified at the growth. But I appreciate it, I truly do. All a writer wants is a reader (and a royalty check... whole other topic).

Let's take a look at BougieNation from the survey results. Here we go:

We are heavy on the female side of the scale which makes me that much more appreciative of the fellas that do comment and participate. I actually think we're closer to 70/30 female to male and the menfolk just opted out of the survey. At least, that's what the other analytics from Google tell me. Anyway, the men of BnB add a little sumthin'. It truly allows for a more balanced perspective. Love you guys!

BougieLand is officially grown and sexy. The average age of a BnB reader is just over 37 years old. We have readers as young as 18 and as mature as 67.  Now that's a true blessing. (Apologies to the three folks who were really tart about the AARP party jokes. My bad.)

Well, we are black 'n bougie after all. But hip hop hurray for the 19% of diversity we have going on. Bouge is universal, y'all. And on that note...

BnB is read on almost every continent. We get no love from Antarctica but that's okay, they have better things to think about like polar ice cap shrinkage and whatnot. Shout out to the international folks, spread the bouge!

What's up, Idaho? No bougenificence in the potato fields? No purple pumps in Boise? Every other state was represented in the survey. (Thank you Mr. Salt Lake City for your lengthy diatribe on my polyamory post.) ATL, H-Town, Bay Area, NYC, DMV, the Chi, Charlotte and Dallas really represented.

Much respect to the other bloggers and sites that sent people my way. Jack & Jill Politics, AverageBro, Three Ways to Take It and the article on Essence.com have produced a lot of traffic for me.

The BougieTales are universally loved. Which is funny because I thought perhaps I could do with a little less sharing? So I'll have to figure how to strike a balance between offering up a slice of my life without necessarily leaving myself (and friends/fam/potential SOs) open to dissection. Should be interesting.

BougieLand appreciates a happy, funny, sad, tragic, mystifying letter from the public. Bless people's hearts for continuing to send questions in even though we have flayed, sauteed, and served up some folks. As we like to say round here, don't ask the question if you don't want to really know the answer.

Our highest traffic weeks historically have been relationship and/or theme weeks. I love a good theme because I can build at least three posts, tack on a related Ask A Bougie Chick and do a wrap-up post which gives me the week. And for someone who tries to post everyday, that's everything. But more than that, y'all really like to talk about relationships!

My bad. Y'all were really feeling the Sunday Good News stories. Weekends are tough, sometimes I'm fried and the good news stories are hard to find but I'll try and do them more often.

Some folks got down right passionate in their dislike of the Video Shout Outs. But since I adore music and have been able to introduce some of my favorite artists to people that hadn't been exposed to them before... they shall stay.

Y'all nosy. For real tho. To the 262 of you who want to know more about Gene - c'mon now. As he is known to say - What Is This? To the 313 wanting more stories of cocoa past, present and future... this ain't that kind of blog (usually). Over 200 folks wanted more S.No.B. (So Not Bougie), WBPD (What Bougie People Do), WBFFD (What Bougie Folks are Forced to Do), and WBFDD (What Bougie Folks Don't Do) and Just.Do.Better posts... I hear ya - 2011 is right around the corner. To the 105 of you asking about Sergeant McHottie - wow. To the 428 who said I should just write whatever I feel like and they'll read it - bless your hearts. As for your suggestions:


Ha! I'm joking. There was some pretty good stuff in there. There was also some completely ratchet off the wall stuff in there. To the one person who felt I should really be more diligent in my spelling and grammar... you may be missing the main idea but um, thanks for that. If you know someone who'd like to be my unpaid editing intern and read my posts at 3:00am to correct them, I'm all for it.

There are topics I stay away from because I flat out don't like how folks respond when they read them. I'm going to discuss politics and sports as the mood hits because those are things that interest me. I might add regular guest bloggers, I might go down to posting three times a week. We'll just have to see where this takes us. So er, uh - I'm gonna just do me. For as long as I can, the best way I know how. 

And because so many asked - here are the top ten most popular posts in BnB history (based on pageviews, not comments):
  1. No Country for Smart Girls
  2. Stop telling me how I think...
  3. The Man With Bad Cocoa
  4. How I met New Dude, Part One (& Part Two)
  5. Psycho Mike 1, 2 & Follow-Up
  6. Thirsty is the New Black
  7. Usher-Themed Wedding
  8. Why Pookie Gets No Play
  9. Defending Our Blackness
  10. Twelve things about Tiger Woods
Honorable Mention to Sundress Month, The Story of SEW/Vince/NewDude/Sergeant McHottie, Romey-Rome Ambush, Why Are You Single and the Tweet-n-Run. It hasn't all been relationships and roses. We have had to put a few folks in Bougie suspension:


But all twelve appealed for leniency:

And only 2 were denied and banned from BougieLand (forever).


And that, BougieLand is the State of the (Bougie) Nation. Posting shall be spotty throughout the Christmas and New Year week but I'll around. Thoughts, comments, insights on BougieNation? Anything surprise you? Happy Holidays~

45 comments:

Man's World said...

Had no idea about the volume. Very cool by the way. I do like that female to male ratio!

Javalicious said...

No Malik Turner in top ten all time? LOL
p.s. Still want to hear more about Gene ;-)

Liselle said...

Leave it you to make the statistics interesting. I'll be interested to see it next year and see how it compares. Thanks for the top 10 list, I hadn't read one or two.

michaeldavis said...

now see...I am convinced that Malik Turner is the Sarah Palin of Bougieland. just.won't.go.away.

michaeldavis said...

Morning y'all...holding it down for the 16-30% brothers on here. And in other news, apparently the Dakotas love some BnB. If I ever get to Boise or Sun Valley, I'll be sure to get you that one click.

William Martin said...

Like Michael, let me hold it down for the Y chromosomes rolling through BnB. And sure, I'll take one for the team. First trip to Antarctica, I'm on it!

I may or may not have requested more cocoa-related posts. Mea culpa.

BlackestBerry said...

That Usher wedding post NEVER gets old.

MidWestDominicana said...

Ms. Chele,
I am sure I am not the only person to say this, but thank you for providing such a wonderful blogosphere as Bougieland. I appreciate your wit and humor and thoughtfulness and look forward to many more posts to come.

All the best to you and our fellow bougenistas in the year to come!

Cheers!

mojitochica said...

Hah, I wanna know who got banned! Thanks for putting yourself out there and keeping me entertained XD

mojitochica said...

You might not like that ratio if the majority of the females are in relationships ;ob

tiffanyinhouston said...

Who is the most prolific commenter??? That would be cool to know.

I need my Caucasian and Hispanic commenters to speak up! We wanna hear what ya'll have to say too!

suebhoney said...

I can't believe SEW/New Dude/Vince didn't make it into the top 10.
As for postings possibly being reduced... I rebuke that! unless you are writing another book, then I can let you slide :0)! I'm gonna have to work on my peeps here in the"D" so that we can get a shout out next year.

JojoRaze said...

I got out of lurkdom just for that one. I still tear up with laughter when I think of it. TEARS, I tell you. I am convinced if Usher heard about that wedding he would reconsider singing if that's what his music inspires.

blackprofessor said...

I suspected that this was the "grown and sexy" blog, glad to know the numbers confirm it!! Kudos to you for growing exponentially during your first yera! I think it is a testament to your ability to tell a good story and the insightful and witty banter commentators!

I love your blog because it has shown me that I am not the only Black woman with such horrific and funny dating stories! Cheers for a great holiday season and an ever better new year!

blackprofessor said...

That should say witty banter of your commentators!

Lady4Real said...

I'll be honest I started reading because we share the same bloodline, I kept reading because we are so much alike it thrills me. I love seeing that BougieLand has grown so much in so little time. I love the stories, the comments and the commentors its like our own little community here and I am so in love with it all. My favorites are the BougieTales and Ask A Bougie Chick. I agree with Sue, I need my bougie fix everyday and I too want to know who got banded from BougieLand. Keep up the great work, you are my role model and I love you dearly.

aishao1122 said...

damn i forgot all about Sgt Mchottie, but umm..lookie here, I'm dieing for some info on Gene, cause even though i read all (ok maybe not all, but damn near close) your posts, i feel like i'm stepping into the convo at the half way point and missed all the juicy bits. You know I would really love to hear all about what you want to share. Pretty please.
lol at the Bougie Suggestion box
merry Christmas and happy new year

Sarah said...

I didn't get around to the survey. Busy week. As much fun as they can be to read, I have wondered about the effects that writing about your current loves has on your freedom to be you. It would seem at some point having a peanut gallery would add too much pressure. In any case, good luck with whatever direction you go and I hope you have fun with your family and friends over the holidays.

CorettaJG said...

I enjoy surveys! Maybe because I was a sociology major.

I'm also very appreciative of the men who speak up in Bougieland and of the fabulous commenters in general. It took me a minute to come out of lurkdom, but part of the reason I submitted to yet another user name and password is because the community is awesome. I also would like to hear more from the Caucasian and Hispanic readers. I'm guessing the BnB folks in the Dakotas are military. That was my parents excuse for being there. The Usher-themed wedding can still bring me to physical pain.

CaliGirlED said...

The survey showed what we already knew, your blog is awesome! I love BougieLand! I look forward to more great stories and comments in 2011.

Christine Cave said...

Im really surprised at the average age! It makes me feel like such a baby here (Im 25!!!!) Can I still hang around the grown and sexy folk? LOL!

Chele, thanks for making this blog. Its provided me with different insights about life, and some good laughs! I hope this blog stays for a long time, you've reached out to thousands of people just because you keep it "bouge."

Be Blessed!

BlackButterfly said...

Just do you and we will all continue to love BougieLand!

Mykeia said...

Love me some BnB! Thanks for doing the survey, getting to know your audience is a great thing. I have introduced a few friends to this site starting with the post "Stop telling me how to think..." which is the post that lead me to the site. I had to forward the Usher themed-wedding post--can I just say my married friends and I have never laughed sooooooo hard.
Keep up the good work and keep doin' you.
I'll say it again: this blog is now a part of my morning routine.
I'm in Oregon, so you do have some Pacific NW love!

GrownAzzMan said...

I have to say that BNB has become a must-read for me over this past year. I didn't put it in the survey but I would love to see a post wrapped around the "Obama Translations" you do on twitter sometimes when POTUS speaks. Your readers who are not part of twitterworld are missing a treat.
Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night.

GAM out.

OneChele said...

ASmith86 was the most prolific before she went back to school. Right now it's CaliEd but she has commented so much DISQUS thinks she's spam and keeps deleting her entries ;-)
For all time in BnB, the folks who have commented on the most posts are Steve and Lena.
The most "liked" commenters (besides me) are RozB, GrownAzzMan and Riley.

C Nelson said...

You have to admit the Bougie Dissection was gold though. That post made me laugh till my sides hurt and the tears kept flowing. "Malik? Have you seen you?"

Steve said...

Oh. Interesting distinction.

baileyqc said...

The thing that's great is that you make discussions fun. Even these survey results were entertaining. Just keep doing what you do.

Jasmin said...

I like it! (I'm 3 years younger than you.) But I've always been drawn to the grown-ups table. :-)

Lady4Real said...

I'm 27, see the youngin's love BougieLand too

Lady4Real said...

Got to love Riley.

GammasWorld said...

Love the survey results (market research never gets out of your blood). I am surprised at the age -- I thought it would skew younger. Shout outs to my young at heart! I'm older than average but not the oldest and for that I say whew. I read a lot of blogs and one of the reasons I love BnB so much is that your reader participation is AWESOME! After reading your post, I literally read *every* comment. Bougieland folk are interesting.

Hidi said...

Happy Holidays! What is going on in Idaho? I forgot that state existed. LOL Anyway, keep up the amazing work and I wish you continue success with your blog. :)

rozb said...

*sniff - pageant wave*I would like to thank my mama, 6 lb. 5 oz. baby Jesus, and OneChele for allowing me to express myself in a bougie-fab way. Shout out to CaliGirlEd, GrownAzzMan, Gamma, baileyqc, and all those who encouraged me to sometimes act a fool up in here! Thank you all! *music playing me off*

Sexual Chocolate!

Forgive me - it is Saturday morning and I haven't had breakfast yet.

rozb said...

Love your posts, Will!

rozb said...

We should all try to take a trip and log on at least once from there. Ha! Doesn't anybody here know someone Black in Idaho?

Ms. Jay said...

Im 22 , but Im an old soul lol .

Leon X said...

I am going to comment more on the video shout-outs. They will be known as the 83% Comments.

Angel Blanca said...

I'm relatively new to BnB, but I've been hooked since I read my first post, so consider me a lifer. Oh, and I would be honored to be your unpaid editing intern...although I'm nearly double the usual intern age.

Now...I've got to go catch up on those Top Ten posts ;)

Brittany Geneva said...

I am new to the blog and I love it so far! I think I was attracted to it because I'm often called bougie lol and from what I can see we have a lot in common. So congrats for the blog's success and you have one more reader!

OneChele said...

Welcome!

Stank_0 said...

I'll echo our brief twitter exchange. I believe you need to get a team of writers, at least 2. I'm sure you put some thought into it, so I'll leave the nuts and bolts of making that happen up to you.

I'm surprised you have readers from Wyoming, New Mexico, the Dakotas, and Montana to be very honest.

BougieAFBabe said...

Shout out from Ellsworth AFB (South Dakota). BnB has a few AF fans, I actually got hooked while visiting the AFB in Minot (North Dakota) so that solves the Dakotas mystery.

MotownMs said...

Congratulations on the success of BnB. The blog is a daily must and first read from those aggregated in my Google Reader. BTW...I agree with GrownAzzMan...you must bring "Obama Translations" from Twitter land to the Bougie fam...I bet if our Prez read them he'd be chuckling to himself and co-signing...

Annette Evans said...

You provide a much needed service to the world! Keep up the good work! Idaho will hear of you, and I bet you have at least 100 Idaho readers in the next month!

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