2019 stats in review

Since WordPress quit offering their popular annual reports for one’s blogging stats, it’s fallen upon people to put such posts together ourselves. I really hate how they do away with features no one wanted to disappear!

My Top 10 most-viewed posts in 2019 were:

“Steely, metallic names,” published 23 June 2017, at 3,217 views. This is also my most-viewed post of all time.
“Apple names,” published 21 October 2017, at 2,103 views. This is my next-most-viewed post ever.
“Silvery, golden names,” published 26 June 2017, at 1,046 views. This is my fourth-most-viewed post ever.
“The many nicknames for Katherine,” published 8 February 2017, at 983 views. This is my third-most-viewed post of all time.
“Names with heart,” published 13 February 2017, at 831 views. This is my sixth-most-viewed post to date.
“Nocturnal names,” published 5 October 2016, at 719 views. This is my fifth-most-viewed post ever.
“The many forms of Mary, and its plethora of nicknames,” published 21 December 2017, at 634 views. This is my seventh-most-viewed post ever.
“The many forms of Esther,” published 10 March 2017, at 362 views. This is my tenth-most-viewed post ever.
“The many nicknames for Elizabeth,” published 6 February 2017, at 346 views. This is my ninth-most-viewed post ever.
“Pearly names (including the many forms of Margaret),” published 2 August 2017, at 305 views. This is my twelfth-most-viewed post to date.

My only all-time Top 10 post not in this year’s Top 10 is “Pumpkin names,” my eighth-most-viewed post ever, published 8 October 2017. This year, it was my sixteenth-most-viewed.

I remain glad I finally blacklisted a persistently chutzpahdik commenter in 2015. Everything she ever said was rude and dismissive, acting like I had no right to opinions differing from hers, let alone to express my own views on my own blog.

Witchy names, Part II

I’ve put together a list of words meaning “witch” which could work as personal names. As always, these don’t have to be used as human names. Some might work better on pets, fictional characters, dolls, or stuffed animals.

Amoosu is Igbo.

Boksi is Nepali.

Brucia is Corsican.

Bruixa is Catalan. See note below.

Bruja is Spanish. I obviously would NOT recommend using this in a Spanish-speaking country or place with many Spanish-speakers, but I rather like the sound of it. Perhaps it could work on a pet or stuffed animal.

Bruxa is Portuguese and Galician. Same caveat.

Daayan is Hindi.

Daina is Punjabi.

Dakana is Gujarati.

Jadokari is Georgian.

Jodugar is Uzbek.

Magissa is Greek.

Makutu is Maori.

Mantragatte is Telugu.

Mantravadi is Malayalam.

Matagati is Kannada, a language spoken in India.

Mayakariya is Sinhalese.

Mayya is Hausa, a Chadic language spoken in Africa.

Muroyi is Shona.

Noita is Finnish.

Polofiti is Samoan.

Ragana is Latvian and Lithuanian.

Saħħara is Maltese. To the best of my understanding, ħ seems to be like the guttural CH in loch and Chanukah.

Shulam is Mongolian.

Sorgina is Basque.

Strega is Italian feminine. The male form is Stregone.

Witika is Hawaiian.

A to Z Reflections 2018

This was my seventh year doing the A to Z Challenge, and my fifth with two blogs. I began doing it with this blog in 2014. Normally I have a much more intensive, scholarly theme than lists of names and their meanings, but I ended up without ample time to properly prepare for and put together the theme I’d been planning. Instead of forcing myself to write posts I knew wouldn’t represent my best possible work, I chose a fairly easy theme.

I waited till March to begin writing and researching my posts. By the time midnight rolled around on April first, I was only up to R. I powered through the remaining letters on April first, which perhaps set the tone for the entire rest of the Challenge. This may have been why it often felt like my heart wasn’t in it nearly to the extent it’s been during all previous years I’ve participated.

I’ve seen a few other people saying they also noticed participation seemed to be down this year, though there’s always the possibility we happened to visit the wrong blogs, or lucked out of posting our links to the daily lists at inopportune times of day. We don’t all have the same work, school, or sleep schedule, and so can’t all be early birds most likely to get noticed.

Though I most strongly preferred the old master list, I understand why the admins decided to retire it. If only there were a system that could make everyone happy, and that everyone finds the most user-friendly! I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who had some problems with scrolling on the Google Docs forms, and who found some problems with improper hyperlinking.

Post recap:

The As of Medieval names
The Bs of Medieval names
The Cs of Medieval names
The Ds of Medieval names
The Es of Medieval names
The Fs of Medieval names
The Gs of Medieval names
The Hs of Medieval names
The Is of Medieval names
The Js of Medieval names
The Ks of Medieval names
The Ls of Medieval names
The Ms of Medieval names
The Ns of Medieval names
The Os of Medieval names
The Ps of Medieval names
The Qs of Medieval names
The Rs of Medieval names
The Ses of Medieval names
The Ts of Medieval names
The Us of Medieval names
The Vs of Medieval names
The Ws of Medieval names
The Xes of Medieval names
The Ys of Medieval names
The Zs of Medieval names

2017 blogging stats in review

For the second year in a row, WordPress has decided not to do their awesome year-end stats summary, so it’s fallen upon us to do them ourselves.

This year’s Top 10 posts were:

“The many forms of Beatrice,” 204 views, published 1 February 2017.
“Dusty, screaming, shrieking names,” 178 views, published 12 October 2017.
“The many nicknames for Katherine,” 125 views, published 8 February 2017.
“Ten reasons I love onomastics,” 99 views, published 27 March 2017.
“Steely, metallic names,” 97 views, published 23 June 2017.
“Going Greek for A to Z!,” 70 views, published 20 March 2017.
“The many nicknames for Elizabeth,” 50 views, published 6 February 2017.
“Ghisolabella and Geryon,” 49 views, published 8 April 2016.
“Chronos and Circe,” 45 views, published 4 April 2017.
“Names to avoid in an Anglophone country,” 43 views, published 29 March 2017.

Overall, most of this year’s most-viewed posts, and many of my all-time most-viewed posts, were written this year or last year. Some older posts are also represented, such as “‘Translating’ proper names,” the post which finally spurred me to blacklist a persistently negative troll.

To reiterate, I’ve nothing against opinions which differ from mine, both in regards to my personal thoughts on a name or onomastic topic, and about the etymology I found. But there’s a huge difference between politely, respectfully agreeing to disagree or offering an alternate POV, and consistently blazing in with rude, chutzpahdik comments like “You do realize [opinion I just took the time to explain and argue for] is ridiculous, don’t you?” or “That’s not what this name really means!”

Every time I saw this troll’s name in my notifications, I had a sick feeling in my stomach, knowing I was about to read yet another chutzpahdik comment. How dare I express my own opinions on my own blog! The final straw was her blithe, rude dismissal of everything I’d said in that post about how outdated and culturally arrogant it is to “translate” proper names. This troll never said anything positive.

It’s just like how criticizing a name shouldn’t equal criticizing the person who has it. You can disagree with an opinion or etymology without using chutzpahdik language bashing the person who expressed those views.

A to Z Reflections 2017

This was my sixth year participating in the A to Z Challenge, and my fourth year doing it with two blogs. I began doing it on this, my secondary blog, in 2014. Just like last year, I also waited until this March to write my posts here, though I’d begun making up a list of potential names well in advance.

A lot of cool names on my list were unable to be used, due to a lack of substantial information and artistic representations. I only violated this rule on the V day, when I featured nine stubs instead of two complete profiles.

Names considered but discarded included Iynx, Myrina, Fulgora, Frijjō, Ucalegon, Vanth, Gorgophone, Lampsace, Wachilda, Wudga, Kalchas, Helenus, Hecuba, Asterion, Wilbreth, and Ino.

Issues encountered:

Comment moderation! I’m not talking about bloggers who moderate initial comments, or moderate all comments on hot-button issue blogs. I’m talking about bloggers who moderate every single comment for no reason!

If I take the time to write a thoughtful, respectful, intelligent comment, I’m not going to be very happy to return on another visit and see it’s still lost in moderation. Why did I waste my time writing that comment if you don’t get around to reading and approving your own comments until several days or weeks have passed?

I’m highly unlikely to return to such a blog. #sorrynotsorry

Lack of hyperlinking. A LOT of people just left their URLs in the daily link-up posts. While it doesn’t take hours to copy and paste it into a new tab or window, it’s still not as instantaneous as HTML coding it into a hyperlink.

The lack of a master list was a bit cumbersome. While there were certainly issues with the list, I liked how it contained all the blogs in one place. It took more time to trawl through the comments section of each daily post. The extra space taken up by each comment could’ve been used for several additional links under the old system.

I’m a big fan of time and motion study, pioneered by Frederick Winslow Taylor and Frank and Lillian Gilbreth. It conserves the amount of time and work motions used to perform tasks. Sure, it didn’t take that much longer to scroll through 26 different comment sections, open each link or C&P each URL into a new tab, and link up myself, but the time spent doing that could’ve been used towards visiting a few more blogs each day. Over 26 days, those additional minutes really add up.

I also liked having the master list so I could start going through it right after sign-ups started. I began by visiting those closest to me, and got to know a lot of new blogs in advance. Throughout April, I became familiar with who was where in the list, and knew which links I’d visited or hadn’t explored yet by their hyperlink color. It was also a helpful reference for catching up in the months after the Challenge.

If there won’t be a master list from now on, a happy medium solution would be a service like Inlinkz. Some of the weekly bloghops I’ve participated in use that or a similar linking service. All you have to do is refresh it to see newer additions.

I do feel like the lack of a master list hurt those of us who weren’t early birds. We don’t all have the same sleep, work, or school schedule, or might not be able to get on a computer until late in the day, after almost everyone has already passed through. With a master list, we could peruse it at our leisure, and other bloggers would’ve found us more easily.

Post recap:

Ariadne and Argos (22 views)
Busiris and Bremusa (16 views)
Chronos and Circe (27 views)
Danaë and Diomedes (11 views)
Eurotas ans Eos (7 views)
Faunus and Frigg (16 views)
Ganymede and Gaia (12 views)
Hecate and Hypnos (16 views)
Ixion and Io (14 views)
Jocasta and Jason (17 views)
Klytemnestra and Kronos (20 views)
Laërtes and Leto (8 views)
Mnemosyne and Memnon (14 views)
Nestor and Nike (11 views)
Orithyia and Orestes (11 views)
Priapus and Polyxena (12 views)
Quiritis and Quirinus (12 views)
Rhadamanthus and Rhea (9 views)
Semele and Silenus (13 views)
Tantalus and Tethys (10 views)
Urania and Uranus (6 views)
Voluptas, Vervactor, Viduus, Viriplaca, Verminus, Venilia, Vagitanus, Vitumnus, and Volutina (11 views)
Wayland the Smith and Whaitiri (12 views)
Xanthos and Xenokleia (9 views)
Yoŭnik and Yara (9 views)
Zethos and Zeuxippe (9 views)