11 months to the day since I first posted I’ve passed the 10,000 views mark.
I’ve published 95 posts (including this one) and 5 pages.
(Above data updated 1/1/2013 with final stats for 2012)
Recently the WordPress site stats have started including details of the unique visitor numbers in the daily stats (so I only have this level of detail since the 3rd of December) but it seems that on average a user views 2 or 3 pages per visit.
Between WordPress, Twitter and Facebook I have around 50 followers, so I guess I have reached somewhere between 50 and 3,000 (10k views divided by 3 views per user) unique viewers across 88 different countries.
There have been 63 comments (32 excluding my own) and 1,317 attempted spam comments, so fairly high noise to signal ratio …
Aside from the home page, the 10 most popular posts and pages are:
Top search topics
I’m most interested in why people are landing here – I’d say well over 90% of my hits come from google searches and it’s interesting to see what those people have searched for:
|SIP 01552/planer thicknesser||402|
|AWBRD550/bench radial drill||71|
|Stanley Bailey/Acorn/hand plane||52|
I know from when I was researching some of the above purchases that there was a dearth of information on them, so I’ll use this information to decide which topics to revisit in 2012.
I started this blog because I work in the internet industry and was interested to know what all the fuss about blogging was about. I figured a subject that was interesting to me would mean I kept up the posting rather than stopping after a couple of “hello world” posts.
I didn’t expect to be anything other than the background noise of the internet and had no illusions about becoming a millionaire off the back of my efforts! (This is just as well, as my Amazon associates account has gained a heady £7 credit in 2012 and will only pay out if/when it reaches £25 🙂 )
There is a lot of useful information on the internet, much of which is provided free of charge by members of the internet community. I think community (both “real” and online) is very important and I would like to give something back in the hope of helping others in the way I have been helped myself.
From my limited experience, blogging seems rather a one way street – content is created and published and people read it, but there is very little feedback.
To give an example a lot of people have read my posts on the Wolfcraft Mastercut 1000 and SIP 01552 planer thicknesser, but I really have no idea whether they contained the information they were looking for, or indeed were remotely useful to anyone other than the one person who commented on each.
I welcome feedback (negative as well as positive) and questions and will try to help with any queries related to any of my posts or tools if I can.
Hopefully next year I’ll blog more about actually doing stuff rather than just buying stuff … 🙂