The Sledgehammer – Version 2.0

January 1, 2011

Statistical Overview for 2010

Filed under: Site Stuff — Brian Lutz @ 1:31 am

It’s official:  2010 is done for.  Actually, I guess that as of the time when I am writing this there might still be a tine zone or two that hasn’t made the switchover yet, but here the clock ticked over to Midnight about 45 minutes ago, and I think it’s pretty safe to say that there’s not going to be much chance of 2011 being delayed out in Hawaii.  With the switch to 2011 apparently completed without a hitch, it’s time once again for my semiannual statistical overview post.  For those of you who haven’t seen one of these before, I do this twice a year:  Once on New Year’s Day, and once on June 6th (the date on which this Blog was originally created back in 2007.)  To be perfectly honest I don’t really expect anybody to be interested in any of this stuff, and I make these posts primarily to refer back to later as a snapshot of the growth (or lack thereof) of the Blog.

In 2010, this blog saw a moderate decrease (of about 13.7%)  in overall traffic compared to its peak in 2009.  I suspect that most of the decrease came from the Summer months of this year, which saw average daily traffic roughly 25% lower than the average for this site.  Even so, 2010’s traffic was still slightly higher than 2008.  As has been the case for some time now, it seems that there are a relatively small number of posts on the site which account for a significant  portion of the visitors to the site.  In fact, just three posts accounted for over 20% of the site’s traffic for the year.  I also note that none of the top 10 posts (the list doesn’t include hits to the site’s homepage, which would outnumber these significantly)  It seems that the key to this is to find topics for which information is lacking on the Internet and write about them (the Whitman’s Sampler post is a good example of this.)  Beyond that, it’s mostly a matter of just writing things that are interesting and that people are likely to search for on Google. 

Even so, I suspect that there are a couple of factors to the decline in traffic:  For one thing, I’ve been posting less than I used to.  Although I have tended to shift my focus in writing on the site somewhat to trying to write longer posts,   I suspect that a higher frequency of posting would increase traffic to the site.  I also tend to think that my focus in terms of the topics I write about here has shifted somewhat as well, and has drifted from the subjects that are of greatest interest to the readers.  I am going to try to focus on some of these again in the coming year, and to try to update some of the more popular topics on this site. 

Anyway, thanks again for visiting, and I hope you’ll enjoy whatever I end up writing here in the coming year.

  • Total Posts(all time, including this one):  472
  • Total Posts (2010): 79
  • Total Comments (all time):  745
  • Total  Page Views (all time):  168, 656
  • Total Page Views in 2010:  52,228
  • Total Page Views in 2009:  60, 939
  • Total Page Views in 2008: 50, 219
  • Average Visitors Per Day (2010):  143

Top 10 Most Read Posts (2010):

Retail Wasteland – A Tour of the Totem Lake Mall   4,698
Sampling the Whitman’s Sampler: A Guide to America’s Favorite Box of Enigmatic Chocolates   3,529
Classical Gas – Abandoned Route 66 Gas Stations   2,483
The Redmond Costco Moves Forward   2,120
Malls of the Seattle Area: A Tour of the Factoria Mall   1,944
Malls of the Seattle Area: A Tour of The Everett Mall   1,792
A Brief Tour of the Bellevue Galleria, Bungie’s Future Home   1,521
A Tour of Crossroads Bellevue – Part 1: The Mall   1,502
My Very Nearly Award-Winning Chili Recipe, and Other Deep Dark Secrets   1,331
Off the Beaten Path: The World’s First KFC in Murray Utah 815

Top 10 Most Read Posts (All Time):

Retail Wasteland – A Tour of the Totem Lake Mall   21,312
Classical Gas – Abandoned Route 66 Gas Stations   8,272
Malls of the Seattle Area: A Tour of the Factoria Mall   8,068
Sampling the Whitman’s Sampler: A Guide to America’s Favorite Box of Enigmatic Chocolates   5,518
A Tour of Crossroads Bellevue – Part 1: The Mall   5,419
The Redmond Costco Moves Forward   4,723
My Very Nearly Award-Winning Chili Recipe, and Other Deep Dark Secrets   4,087
Malls of the Seattle Area: A Tour of The Everett Mall   3,606
The Beginning and the End of the Old Bellevue Safeway   2,403
New Cereal in Old Boxes 2,280
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