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WordPress.com by the Numbers: the November Hot List

Now that November’s NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) is a fond memory and your blogging habit is firmly entrenched, it’s time to take a peek back at November by the numbers on WordPress.com. Posts that grabbed your attention In November, you wrote nearly 36 million posts and over 245 million …

Now that November’s NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) is a fond memory and your blogging habit is firmly entrenched, it’s time to take a peek back at November by the numbers on WordPress.com.

Posts that grabbed your attention

In November, you wrote nearly 36 million posts and over 245 million words. Think about that: 245 million words. That’s about 4,000 250-page books. Your muses were on fire on November 21st, the most prolific day of the month, where together you wrote nearly 1.5 million posts.

Seth Adam Smith and Kim, his wife, on their wedding day.

Seth Adam Smith and Kim, his wife, on their wedding day.

One of those posts, Seth Adam Smith‘s Marriage Isn’t For You went viral, and has had over 26 million views to date.

The post has been widely publicized and featured on BuzzFeed, The Huffington Post, Mail Online, Cosmopolitan, The Matt Walsh Blog, and Today.com, just to name some of the outlets that covered the post and its rise to fame.

Lest we forget

On November 11th, we marked Veteran’s Day in the United States and Armistice Day and Remembrance Day elsewhere around the world. A Pearl Harbor survivor’s “visit to the Navy,” recorded in A Sailor’s Dying Wish, is powerful. The story of Electrician’s Mate Second Class William Bud Cloud’s visit to the USS Dewey, and the incredible reception he received from the servicemen and women aboard the ship, is both poignant and moving.

Electrician’s Mate Second Class William Bud Cloud, Pearl Harbor Survivor.

Electrician’s Mate Second Class William Bud Cloud, Pearl Harbor Survivor.

John Scalzi's book Lock In is currently scheduled to be published on August 26th, 2014.

John Scalzi’s book Lock In is currently scheduled to be published on August 26th, 2014.

Good things to come

Under the heading of WordPress.com authors in the news, John Scalzi completed his next novel, Lock In. The current publication date is August 26th, 2014. You’ll want to mark your calendar!

Your favorite topics in November

Speaking of Veteran’s Day, you published 3,710 posts on that topic in November.

Writing was on your minds. You published 11,772 posts on NaBloPoMo and 7,784 posts tagged NaNoWriMo.

The holiday season was front and center. You wrote 39,510 posts on Thanksgiving, 1,694 posts on Hanukkah, and 54,290 posts on Christmas, maybe because you’re thinking of food, (48,170 posts) family, (46,948 posts) and friends (18,125 posts).

Perhaps in anticipation of upcoming New Year’s resolutions, you wrote 12,123 posts on diet and 8,402 on exercise.

In the world of sports, you’re talking more about hockey (161,472 posts) than football, (139,934 posts). You’re just starting to get pumped for the upcoming Olympics (1,309 posts).

A lively conversation

You’ve got a lot to say! You wrote 53 million comments in November in response to nearly 36 million posts. You were feeling chattiest on November 1st, where you made over two million comments across WordPress.com. You gave out over seven million Likes during the month.

Behind the scenes at WordPress.com

In November, we were excited to launch Twenty Fourteen, the new default theme for the upcoming year. It’s a free, sleek, magazine-style theme we think you’re going to love for content-rich sites.

Twenty Fourteen, the new default theme for WordPress.com.

Twenty Fourteen, the new default theme for WordPress.com.

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