One year Anniversary
About one year ago I started writing articles for this blog and making videos. I wanted to record what’s happened in the past year and share it with others. This article will focus on the blog. If you’re curious about how my YouTube channel has gone or how my Android apps are doing, check out my YouTube video above.
In the video, I do talk a little bit about why I started doing this and where I want to be next year. I figure I’ll briefly do the same here before I get to the analytics.
The primary reason I started doing videos and writing a blog is to get better at doing these things. I recognize that I’m not a great writer, and I definitely need to work on my presentation skills. I’ve also been curious about how blogs and YouTube channels work and how they’re put together, so it just made sense to start doing it. I also enjoy helping others and I know that I’ve already been at successful in helping a few folks out at least.
For the past six months or so, I haven’t written a whole lot. The main reason is that I’ve been doing other things and I haven’t made blogging or making videos a priority. I’d like to change that and get on a schedule. My goal is to write an article and record a video every two weeks. The topics will be mostly focused on programming, but there are a few technology-oriented ones I have in mind that I’d like to do as well.
Now, let’s move on to analytics and see how I’ve done over the past year.
In this screenshot, you can see that I’ve had about 10.5k people visit my blog. I’m not sure why “New Users” is larger than “Users”. You might also notice that I have a fairly high bounce rate, which means most people who visit leave right away. I’m not sure how to interpret this. It could be that my site doesn’t look right on their screen, it might take too long to load, or they clicked on the wrong link. This is something I’d like to explore more in the future. There are two “upticks” in visitors. Once around March or April and another in August or September of this year. I believe these correspond to new articles I posted about MySQL + Wildfly and Unraid.
You might also notice a pattern, where the number of visitors drops for two days then goes back up. This corresponds to the work-week, so based on that, I would assume most people are visiting my site while they’re at work, which isn’t a big surprise for me considering the current content.
Here, it’s clearer how many are one-time visitors versus returning. Based on this, there are 1,658 of you who have come back two or more times to read what I’ve written. If you’re one of these people, thank you!
In these screenshots, you can see that my site definitely takes a while to load at times. I dug a little deeper and it looks like I might be missing some caching headers and not sizing my thumbnails correctly. But what’s interesting is that when I viewed the PageSpeed suggestions it rated my pages as loading very quickly. So it’s likely my server might need to be upgraded to handle the load on some days.
So, overall, I’m quite happy that 10.5k people visited my blog over the past year. I definitely have some work to do to improve things to boost the number of repeat visitors, so it will be on my list of things to do for the next few months. If you have any suggestions or other insights I might have missed, let me know!