I started this year wanting to return to my blog and set myself the realistic resolution of writing one post a month. Okay, I missed March because we didn’t have the internet for eight weeks, but since then my posting has increased and I appear to be settling into the routine of posting twice a week. So I think I can say I’m back. However, I’m curious about what has happened here during the last six years.
I have been inconsistent with my blogging and I’ve looked at this on a couple of occasions. In February 2010 I realised I was an inefficient blogger and I took a long time to do things, or just didn’t do them, and I’d also been distracted by the idea of making money from my blog. In January 2011 I was considering stopping my blog and looked at a variety of trends such as posting frequency. I again mentioned my inefficiencies.
In the last 6 years (and two months) I’ve published 238 posts working out at 38 a year.
Looking at the graph of my posting frequency make me think maybe I’ve been a bit premature in my “I’m back” statement! There is no certainty in that upwards trend at the moment and could in fact just be a blip like in August 2012, although I hope not. As I said in the 2011 review I reduced the number of posts I was writing after having my daughter in 2008. I feel this is understandable, but I’ve seen a lot of ‘mummy’ bloggers who are able to write frequently and would love to know their tips.
It appears I’m not very focussed in my blogging topics because I’ve written in 22 different categories. Interesting I don’t think I would have picked most of these to be my most popular.
Most read posts
I continue to be disappointed by my most viewed posts because I wrote them so long ago; have I passed my blogging peak? I’ve used Google Analytics to produce this list and I assume it differs from the list in my blog theme because Analytics starts from the very beginning.
- Ask advice: how to label keyboard keys (2007)
- 15 different types of journals to keep (2007)
- 13 tips to successful hot desking (2007)
- Day planner download files (2007)
- How I successfully plan my day (2007)
Number of visitors
This is an interesting graph, because the number of visits to my site increased in 2011 and 2012 started to decrease in 2013; it appears to show no connections to the number of new posts.
Most popular search terms
Search engines are the most common method people find my site and I find it very interesting looking at the search terms used. I have to admit that I don’t know how some of them end up on my site. The most frequently used are
- Types of journals
- Keyboard keys
- hot desking
- different types of journals
- types of journals
Reading my site through subscription is also popular and Feedburner says I’ve just reach 200 subscribers for the first time since January 2011. My highest number was 260 in January 2008.
Top referring sites
These are the next five sites that sent the most traffic my way. These are mostly links from comments I’ve left in forums or on blogs.
Number of comments
On this site, I’ve approved 563 comments and Akismet has identified 2214 as spam. I suggested in 2011 the number of comments is related to the number of new posts and this still appears to be reasonable because I’ve recently increased my posts and started to receive comments again. Thank you. Not only is it nice to know you are reading what I write, but I enjoy learning from you, so for example the next time I’m near Sainsbury’s I’m going to look at their jeans.
Most commented posts
I love seeing I’ve got 20 comments on several of my posts, however like my most read posts, it is disappointing they are all so old. What happened to my posts after I had children?
- Why should you keep a personal journal – 23 (2007)
- How I successfully plan my day – 21 (2007)
- Problems with the non globalisation of organisation – 21 (2007)
- Ask advice: how to label keyboard keys – 20 (2007)
- Ask advice: new baby – what do we need to buy, make or know – 19 (2008)
What is better than receiving a comment? Receiving more than one comment from the same person and starting to build a relationship. Here are the top 5 commentators from the last six years; thank you
I am feeling motivated about my blog at the moment. I think this partly down to recently joining some networks, connecting with people and realising blogging isn’t the solitary activity I’ve often thought. I’m so motivated that I feel up to the challenge of getting some new posts in to my stats and knocking down the ones from 2007.
The key thing that stands to me is I will benefit from improving my blogging efficiency. Therefore this year I intend to finish reading Blogwise; how to do more with less by Darren Rowse, a blogger I’ve followed for many years.
What have you learnt from doing a review of your blog? Do you have any tips on how I can develop my blog further this year? How do you use blog networks? What are your efficiency tips?
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