2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 3,700 times in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 3 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

 

What’s really fascinating about this is that I posted nothing on my blog in 2013. If you’ve been around the blogosphere for long you’ll probably have heard that “content is king”. The fact that my blog has had no new content in almost a year and still maintained a steady stream of visitors is proof of this.

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So what was bringing in all this traffic? Turns out it was the set of tutorials I wrote about Joomla, a website platform much like WordPress. These tutorials where rich with natural keywords related to questions that many readers had, and their Google search queries lead them to my posts. The strong amount of keywords naturally included kept my pages high in the Google ranks, equalling more traffic.

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So that’s my testimony! Despite my absence, my blog’s traffic climbed to over 10,000 views. Now that I’m back I’m hoping to take it even further.

Moral of the story: SEO works!

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Creativity 2014, Day 2!

That Feeling of Control.

Jan. 2, 2014

Do you ever have those moments when you feel like the world is at your fingertips?  Like when you know exactly what you want to do, and exactly how to do it, and then you actually do it?  That’s how I feel when I start working on a project.  Now of course, whether or not I actually know what to do or how to do it 100% of the time is a different thing altogether, but that’s the general idea!

What do you all think?

 

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Technically March Madness – 50th Post!

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Six-month monthly traffic report

March.  The month known for basketball brackets and the coming of Spring.  This March has been an amazing month for my blog here, and I want to take a moment here to thank all of the readers who visited my blog this month.  What happened this month that was so cool?  Well:

  • New busiest day milestone, with a high of 50 hits in a day!
  • New busiest week milestone, with a high of 179 hits in a week!
  • New busiest month, with over 500 views in one month!
  • Blog reaches and surpasses 1,000 total views!
  • Blog receives Versatile Blogger Award!
  • Blog reaches 20 total WordPress followers!

Maybe part of the reason I’m so excited about this is because I took a break from blogging in January, and as a result my monthly traffic suffered.  I started to rebuild in February, but traffic that month was still below December levels (December had been my highest month yet).  Then, in early March, I started the Joomla! tutorial series, which has brought me tons of traffic from all over the globe (I mentioned this in this post).  Now let me compare my December and March levels:

  • December Busiest Day: 18 Views
  • March Busiest Day: 50 Views
  • December Busiest Week: 47 Views
  • March Busiest Week: 179 Views (More than the entire month of December)
  • December Total Views: 181 Views
  • March Total Views: More Than 500 Views!!!!

Of course, where you have record traffic you will encounter record comment spam, but that is a small price to pay for fantastic traffic.

  • December Spam: 0
  • March Spam: 671

March has been awesome.  Who would’ve known, 6 months ago when I started, that it would become what it is?  While compared to other blogs these stats are somewhat minuscule, I feel that I’ve achieved something pretty cool in March 2012, and to celebrate I’m running a special promotion of my book!  Check it out before it’s too late!

How To Blog When You Have (Almost) No Ideas

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Trying To Blog - Image: David Castillo Dominici / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Whether you’re starting a new blog or trying to keep up one you have, one question you’ll face sooner or later is, “what do I blog about now?”.  As I mentioned in my previous post, lately I have been short of ideas.  Then something occurred to me.

I don’t know about you, but sometimes having unfinished projects hanging around just bugs me.

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Recent Drafts Bug Me

So when I see something like this ( —-> ) on my WordPress dashboard, I start to feel annoyed.  In the past when I’ve had unfinished drafts, the sight of those thoughts just waiting to be finished inspired me to actually write.  So how, when we have nothing to write about, can we break free of ‘blogger’s block’?

Here’s my idea:

  1. Brainstorm.  Think of stuff (maybe cool internet resources) you’re using at the moment.  Think of topics related to your favorite hobby or area of expertise.
  2. Write down your ideas in post titles (and just the post titles).  Save off your new posts and revisit them later.
  3. Start working on the ones that appeal to you most.  Or the time-sensitive ones.  Either way, now you have ideas!

I’m going to try this myself and see how it works.  If you decide to try this as well, I’m interested in hearing your results.  Comments are, as usual, welcome!

If you need more helpful blogging tips, I recommend visiting ProBlogger.net and checking out their fantastic content tips and ideas!

Wow, I don’t have anything to talk about…

…So instead, here’s a poll:

Please feel free to leave a comment to explain your vote!