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Happy 4th Blogday to me

by Mel Starrs on April 12, 2010

in Housekeeping

Well, blogday itself was actually yesterday (11 April), but I figure on a sunny weekend people have better things to do than read my blog.

So here’s what I can now justifiably call my annual round-up of delving into Google Analytics.

Despite another year of best intentions poorly executed, traffic continues to astound me. I’m guessing most of it is due to the age of the existing content and people finding old articles. So the growth in traffic is rising exponentially – 106% growth this year compared to 50% growth last year, up to an amazing 24,710 visits from almost 12,000. So bad news for those who want to get rich quick from blogging – longevity seems to count more than any other factor. This is not a fast game…

Bizarrely, my most popular post was again the same post as last year, with 1,696 views for A Rough Guide to BREEAM 2008, published in June 2008. Since publication, the post has been viewed a ridiculous 3,175 times. Now if only I’d been paid per view. The goal for this year is to find content at least as ‘sticky’ as that!

This year has been characterised by Twitter for me. The synergy (apologies for using management speak) between the twitter and blogging has reignited my enthusiasm for blogging. I find it odd when I meet people on Twitter who don’t have a blog (Mark, Nick and Robin) and conversely when I meet bloggers who haven’t taken to Twitter (Casey, Mark and Brian). The two go together like wine and cheese – ideas germinate and get debated on Twitter and then blogging gives an outlet to consolidate these ideas into an opinion or article.

So, thanks everyone for reading and for keeping coming back to my little corner of the internet – guess I’ll have to keep going till 5 at least…

  • http://www.constructionmediablog.co.uk/ Will Mann

    Happy Blogday!

  • http://www.constructionmediablog.co.uk/ Will Mann

    Happy Blogday!

  • http://www.carbonlimited.org Casey Cole

    Happy Blogday, Mel! According to the parenting email I get, your 4 year old blog should now:

    -ask many “why” questions about difficult subjects (check)
    -be very persistent in their explorations and learning (check)
    -be fascinated with bowel movements and use bathroom language and humor, like “poo poo head” (you’re falling down on this one)
    -begin to have favorite playmates and sometimes exclude certain children from their play group (?)
    -like to demonstrate new skills mastered, and seek out adult approval (if in doubt, count the letters after your name)
    -sometimes be physically aggressive and assertive (quite right too)
    -be fearful of the dark and monsters (e.g. the Daily Mail – check)

  • http://www.carbonlimited.org Casey Cole

    Happy Blogday, Mel! According to the parenting email I get, your 4 year old blog should now:

    -ask many “why” questions about difficult subjects (check)
    -be very persistent in their explorations and learning (check)
    -be fascinated with bowel movements and use bathroom language and humor, like “poo poo head” (you’re falling down on this one)
    -begin to have favorite playmates and sometimes exclude certain children from their play group (?)
    -like to demonstrate new skills mastered, and seek out adult approval (if in doubt, count the letters after your name)
    -sometimes be physically aggressive and assertive (quite right too)
    -be fearful of the dark and monsters (e.g. the Daily Mail – check)