You have to stick with these things

Hang in there

Just over a year ago I decided that I had, at best a mediocre online presence, Sure if you search for my handle all sorts of stuff turns up and most of it is me but in this age where the internet is ever lasting I didn’t want my previous 10 years of internet to be the defining pattern I left on the world. So with that I decided to annoying people, originally I planned to do two blogs a week, one techy and one non-techy, well quite frankly that’s hard work but it lasted for several months, now I have a much more leisurely one a week post and that seems to be working out better.

When I first started I remember being relatively happy with a small number of users visiting, well over the last year I have grown my blogging empire quit significantly and the best of all of this is statistics, it is nicely measurable. Having that feedback on what articles work and which ones don’t is handy, it doesn’t stop me writing the ones no one likes but at least i’m aware they will be less liked before I write them.


Here’s some numbers to make things more interesting

Visits per month

Month visitors
Feb 2012 132
Mar 2012 167
Apr 2012 167
May 2012 284
Jun 2012 387
Jul 2012 407
Aug 2012 460
Sep 2012 491
Oct 2012 728
Nov 2012 1323
Dec 2012 1115
Jan 2013 1572

Up until September I was thinking how the progress was slow but steady, a little disappointed, and then bang, much better! I was talking to my boss a couple of months back and he was mentioning how google seem to sit you in a sandbox for a few months before they really let things go, and that’s sort of what it seems like here, I didn’t write any killer articles that all of a sudden had a spurt, I may have got a link back from but I didn’t know that, until November, my boss decided to tell everyone, oh well better than employing a marketing person :)

I now hover around 300 visitors a week to the site which is still not a large number but if only 1 percent of those actualy reads an article it maks it worth while!

One of my articles rhn satellite vs puppet, a clear victory? has almost managed 200 views by it’s self. but there’s a few others in there doing okay, and some I thought would do better, so here’s a chance to show some of those that I thought would do better.

The 5 posts that should have done better!

  1. Self healing systems
  2. What university forgot to mention about programming
  3. Cloud deployment 101 – Part3
  4. Cloud deployment 101 – Part1
  5. Who burnt down the building?

There are quite a few more stats that could be shared but they are not that interesting really… so back to the point of why I started the blog, to leave a bit more of an impression well I think I have done that, I have some godo referrals that make it back to me, here’s a couple that always surprised me

And one that came up to day is me being quoted! Here. So when I look back over the year and I see what has been achieved, despite a slow start I’m glad I stuck it out, hopefully when I’m doing this next year I’m talking more about the news article I had to write or tv show I appeared on… well We still need to have dreams else what’s the point!

So I wonder what next year will bring if I keep on blogging, and you the people keep on reading, as let’s face it if it wasn’t for you people I would just be watching tv or something, so Thanks!

4 months in and still blogging!

4 months!

So I started this on a whim, and the whim included writing two blogs a week and this whim has seemingly continued week on week until we are hear today, 4 months on from that fateful first post

I’m probably Just as surprised as as those that know me that I have been able to keep this going. I had a number of people tell me I was a bit crazy and wasting my time and that writing 2 articles a week would be difficult, yet my stubbornness has paid off and here we are.

So what’s happened in the last 4 months

I’ve written a number of articles so here’s some stats:

top 5 most popular

  1. RHN Satellite vs Puppet, A clear victory? – 200+ views
  2. Home page / Archives – 160+
  3. Puppet inheritance, revisited – 40+
  4. Ruby, Pass by value or pass by reference? – 25
  5. DNS results in AWS aren’t always right – 23

I guess the Home page one is because most people read the articles after it has been published and before it gets archived, it also goes to show that I have written only one article so far that people care about or at least will google for and find my article as a result.

top 5 country views

Average views per month/ week / day

At the time of writing they are as follows:

Month: 220 (last month was 284 views, this month is 350+)
Week: 55 (Weekly views range from 27 to 111)
Day: 7.8 (Lowest is 1 view (on a sunday) highest thus far is 34 which was this month)

I expect all of these to go up, last month I doubled my views over the previous two months and in June at the time of writing I am on target to do the same again.

Interestingly enough this is the first time I’ve really looked at what is / is not popular and interestingly enough it is the technical posts, which I find the easiest to write due to the job, the less technical posts (Fridays’) are not so popular but still get good views.

What’s coming up

Well to be honest much of the same, I have some articles to write about chef comparisons and puppet designed for large scale, externalised configuration, Mcollective, role based puppet in multiple environments all of which i’m sure will be interesting and popular.

As for the less technical side I don’t know yet, these are the hardest to find a subject that is worth writing something about without repeating something that has already been said.

With that in mind I need to think about how often I will continue to write certain posts but other than that it’s business as usual for the near term at least, of course if anyone else would like to write articles that would save me doing it :D