WordPress just sent me roundup of my 2013 blog stats. These kind of stats are always fun to look at and I’d like to share a few of them here.
Overall, the blog got ~37K views in 2013 (I’m pretty sure this doesn’t include people reading via email). On one hand, I’m pretty happy about this. 37K is not a small number. I’m sure a far fewer number of people have read my academic publications. On the other hand, I know it isn’t very much. In the scale of the Internet, 37K isn’t that large of a number, even for a day — there are plenty of sites that get millions of views per day!
There is definitely room for growth. To be honest, I am still trying to figure out how much I care about blog growth. I like the idea of writing for the sake of writing, and because of this, I haven’t put much time into promoting the blog. But perhaps it would be interesting promote it more, if only for the sake of figuring out more about Internet traffic.
Also, I received a list of the most viewed blog posts. They are listed below in order:
- The unbundling of Craigslist and reddit
- The single founder dilemma
- What’s wrong with being average?
- The simple secret to creating new habits
- Surviving the startup rollercoaster
To some degree, I am not surprised. Occasionally, if I think a post will resonate with a community (say Hacker News or a subreddit), I will share. These posts were all posts that I shared/promoted in some shape or form, and it isn’t surprising that they are the most viewed posts.
As with most thing on the Internet, the traffic follows a power law: that is, the top post received about half of all of the blog’s page views.
If you have just come across this blog, these 5 posts may be good to start with. If you have other favorites, I would love to hear 🙂
P.S. This is post number #94 in a 100 day blogging challenge. See you tomorrow!
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